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2017 Leaders

JP

JP

Senior, Linguistics Major, Certificate in French
I'm a member of the Hoofers Outing Club, where we go onto countless outdoor escapes in all sorts of places (check it out once you're here, it's awesome!) I also work at Outdoor UW, where I help get people on kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards and out onto beautiful Lake Mendota. I’m into backpacking, paddle boarding, languages, film, and poetry. I’m thrilled to help you all jump into your new college adventures! Freshman year will be a great transition into college, and what better way to start it off than with an adventure. Welcome to Madison, baby Badgers!


Annie

Annie

Senior, Environmental Studies, Communication Science, and African American Studies
I hope to pursue a career in outdoor education in the future, and I’ve already been able to lead backpacking and canoeing expeditions in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, and the Buffalo National River through our Hoofer Outing club. I originally came into college from a pretty small high school, but my Basecamp trip allowed me to feel much more comfortable jumping into a larger university. It gave me a space to ask my leaders questions about the college.


Rachel

Rachel

Junior, Biology and Global Health 
I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota but grew up a huge Badger fan! I love pretty much anything that takes place outside including canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking. My favorite thing about Madison is that there is always so much to do. Staying involved on campus has led me to several great opportunities, new experiences, and many amazing friends. My advice to incoming freshman is to try new things and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to complete strangers. Madison has some incredible people from all different backgrounds. You never know what great opportunities will arise and lifelong friendships you’ll form! I am excited to get to know you all at Basecamp. Welcome to the isthmus!


Josh

Josh

Senior, Biology(Plant), Chemistry, and Environmental Science
With childhood heroes being none other than the ever restless Indiana Jones and Bucky Badger, leading for Basecamp is a dream come true. When I’m not practicing tai-chi with a bowl of ramen, you can usually find me checking out some poplars or trying to get my hammock up. What I have come to appreciate the most about Madison is all of the opportunities you have as a student. Remember to get involved, check out Hoofer Outing Club, and that nothing is too cheesy for Wisconsin.

Shaina

Shaina

Senior, Film and Environmental Studies
This is my second year being a Basecamp Leader and I can't wait to meet you! I'm focusing on outdoor education as my career path post-graduation, so Basecamp is definitely more than just a summer job to me. Backpacking holds a special place in my heart, although I also love paddling and running and would like to start exploring climbing this summer. My other passions are film, dogs, photography, art, dogs and cooking. My advice for incoming students would be to explore as much of what UW Madison has to offer as you can. Whether that be through classes, jobs, or clubs, there’s so much this campus can give you if you’re willing to explore. Can't wait for another great summer of Basecamp!


Murray

Murray

Junior, Biochemistry
I am a member of the Nordic Skiing Club and Outing Club and I enjoy playing volleyball, Frisbee, euchre and hanging out at Picnic Point. I went on a Basecamp trip my freshman year and this is my second summer as a trip leader. Madison is an incredible town to go to college in and there is always something to do and some club or org to get involved with. As I learned my freshman year on my trip, Basecamp is a great way to get to know people before coming to Madison. Looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great time this summer!


Hannah

Hannah

Sophomore, Marketing (Business School)
During my free time I love to hang with my friends around campus, run, ski, hike, and do anything in the outdoors! As an incoming freshman I went on basecamp, and made lasting friendships. In fact, a fellow Basecamp participant and I will be roommates next year. I’m so excited to share this awesome experience with you all now! I can’t wait to have a great summer with all of you! 


Ryan

Ryan

Senior, Civil Engineering, Certificate of Biology in Engineering
I started my college career at the University of Denver in Colorado and transferred to UW-Madison. Ironically, I spend more time outside now living in Wisconsin than I did while in Colorado. I enjoy being part of Wisconsin Hoofers for the backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking and skiing. My advice to new Badgers would be to never stop exploring Madison. I’m still meeting new people and learning both inside and outside the classroom every day. Whether on a camping trip or while in college, having a good crew of friends opens a world of possibilities. So welcome to the crew! Can't wait for a great summer of Basecamp.


Emily

Emily

Senior, Biology (Pre-Med) and Political Science
I will be a Basecamp leader and a Basecamp Assistant Manager this summer. I enjoy film photography, backpacking, playing Sheepshead (yes, the old-person card game), and volunteering as a recreational rehabilitative assistant for adults with disabilities. I'm very excited to be a part of Basecamp for my fourth summer and to give back to the program that helped make my transition into college easier. Whether you're a long-time nature buff or you've never even been camping before, Basecamp is an experience worth having. Looking forward to meeting all you new Badgers!!


Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Sophomore, Environmental Science & Global Health
I have gotten to know fantastic people at UW-Madison by being involved with the club tennis travel team, the Hoofer Ski and Snowboard Club, and working at the UW-Athletic office. I like to alpine ski, run, hammock, and paddleboard. Attending Basecamp prior to freshman year was a great decision. My group had a blast and I made close friends. The leaders gave us advice on study/social life balance, how to approach classes and football Saturdays, and how to get to know professors through study groups and office hours. I can’t wait to meet you all, share some thoughts on Badger life, and hang out together in the great outdoors.


Amos

Amos

Senior, Journalism and Environmental Studies
This is my second summer as a Basecamp leader, but as a past camper I know that Basecamp is a great opportunity to have a great time outside, meet a few good friends, and get some tips on what being a Badger is all about. Basecamp was a great way got me to get use to meeting new people before jumping into our large campus. I am still friends with many of the people on my trip 3 years ago. I also play for the UW Rugby team and write for the Badger Herald, but my favorite thing to do on campus is to put up a hammock on Picnic Point. I am excited to be a Basecamp Leader and I know it will be a blast for everyone on the trip!


Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Full-time Outdoor UW Staff - Basecamp Manager, Hoofer Outing and Hoofer SCUBA advisor

Hello future Badgers and parents of Badgers! We are excited you might be joining us this summer. One of my yearly highlights is watching incoming Basecamp students transform from shy and questioning students to returning from their trip with a new confidence about being incoming Badgers. Stories and friendships are formed, and these relationships often continue throughout college.

I have worked in the Outdoor Recreation field for over twenty years. As a stepmom of two college students, I know programs like Wisconsin Basecamp can help with the initial step onto a new campus for students and their family.

Every year our Basecamp leaders impress me with their motivation, excitement to help facilitate the college experience, and their competence in outdoor skills. Every year we go on our own multi-day backcountry training trip that includes backpacking and canoeing. The leaders are also trained in Wilderness First Aid certified. So they are well prepared for trips like these and know how to problem solve for safety any situation. 

Please don’t hesitate to call me or the office if you have any questions (608.262.1630). Remember: You don’t have to have prior outdoor experience. We simply ask that you come with a willing and able attitude. Hope to see you soon!