I’m Andrew Broadbent, but everyone, including my wife and family, calls me Dante. I switched to that name in high school because I liked it better, no other reason than that :).
I’m 27 and this will be my 6th season as a leader in summer camps (2nd at Augusta); sadly, I only spent about three total weeks as a camper during my entire life :(. I mostly spent my younger days playing outside with other kids and reading books. I am currently studying for a Masters in Recreation Management & Policy, I have a Bachelors in Outdoor Recreation Management and I’m a licensed vocational nurse and Wilderness EMT.
I got into studying recreation because of my time at Augusta in 2012. I had just gotten back from a deployment as a nurse in Afghanistan and I loved Augusta so much I wanted to make summer camp my life’s work. 4 years later I’m studying summer camps as a graduate student, so it’s worked out pretty well! I had a great time in my undergraduate program and I currently work as a researcher and as a consultant for summer camps. I’m hoping to open a website that will make risk management simpler for companies everywhere. If that business takes off, I’ll just work at camps all the time living the good life!
I love to take walks in the woods, go on bike tours, and bike commute in general. I am a big sports guy, but only eSports: I love to watch professional Starcraft 2games, ask me about it sometime! If not doing any of the above, I’m usually playing with my daughter, Briar, and my wife, Karisa, doing silly things and cooking up some adventurous dish we’ve never made before.
I am so excited to work as camp again to bring back all the lessons I’ve learned since I was here last time! I’m the Master of Fun & Games (all my friends love my title) and so I have the chance to infuse all of camp with fun and magic, as well as think deeply about what it means to be a Minotaur in the middle of
a teddy bear maze. My job is possibly the best around, and I’m glad I’ll be able to help camp give everyone a chance to have fun each week!
I’m a dedicated risk manager, and I love the profession of recreation. my experience with this can be summed up by one sentence uttered after I had given a presentation on my greatest passions in risk management “it’s pretty dry stuff.” So I’m excited by things some people find uninteresting and I’m uninterested in things others find fascinating. I am also nearly blind in one eye, I whittle for fun, and I love board and card games so much I’m in a club to play/discuss new ones every week. My experiences in the military taught me a great deal about how some people choose to see the world, and I have chosen to view it another way that we at Augusta strive to embody.
I hope to see you soon!