Who is this Hunter guy?
That would be me. Heeey! My name is Hunter! I hail from the far-off town of Sacramento, CA and when you meet me in person I’ll be 23, and I am thrilled to be joining Camp Augusta this summer! This isn’t my first camp, though, far from it. I went to a few camps as a camper and a CIT back in the day, and for the past 5 years I worked at an EXTREMELY haunted Girl Scout camp, until I just could not handle the “goats” anymore (That was our code for ghost, just to give you an idea of how prevalent they are.) and decided to come to a camp with REAL goats, which is maybe the second most exciting part of camp for me. The hierarchy of excitement is, starting from the top: The human kids, the goat kids, and the opportunity to learn some really cool skills to teach in clinics. You’re probably going to catch me in the crafting and sewing clinics the most because in my not-summer life, I’m a costume stitcher and designer. If I’m not there, I’m probably in the costume closet, feeling right at home in the cornucopia of weird clothes. Costumes aren’t my only off-season job, I also work as a professional pixie! It’s exactly what it sounds like. I get to dress up as a pixie for work and paint faces or twist balloons for parties. It’s a lot of fun!
When I’m not sewing or pixie-ing, I’m usually getting ready for some performance or another. In fact, that haunted camp I used to work at was a theater camp where the campers staged such modern classics as all-girl productions of The Hobbit and “The Musical Odessey” which was just The Odyssey set to the Tune of Mumford and Sons. I also spent the last 3 years in my college’s voice program, the last 3 semesters of which were as a tutor to beginning voice students. During that time, I really enjoyed the process of cultivating my voice and helping other students through that process as well. I love to sing musical theater mostly and will break into Fiddler on the Roof or Sunday in the Park with George at the drop of a hat, but believe it or not, I wasn’t in a real musical until February of this year. Now, as with all this talk about performing and costumes, you’d think I would be either a theater major or a music major, but I’m not all glitter and stage lights. No, Theater is a life-long love of mine, and right now it’s what pays the bills (See? Don’t ever let anyone tell you it doesn’t!), but my real course of study is being a double major in History and Field Ecology. Why History and Field Ecology you ask? Aren’t those, like, mega different? Not really, especially when what I like the most about both of them is the medium they provide to explore the world around me. Every person, insect, bird, nation, idea, or anything else we have around us has an interesting story behind it, which always leads to the story behind that, and behind that, and behind that until you just end up at the Big Bang again. Studying history and nature can be infuriating at times, since you’re looking at entire timelines of injustices, but even more than it is frustrating, it’s inspiring and through it, one can learn tolerance and acceptance, and even be excited and hopeful for the future. My dream is to one day be a history teacher, but before I resign to classroom life, I want to teach at an outdoor school for a few years. Either that or open up an underground punk pizzeria.
So why am I here? …Wow… That got existential for a minute. Anyway, I work at camp every summer because I love it. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a camp counselor, and loved going to camp every summer and having a place to be totally in tune with myself and the world around me, and above all to play and to have fun, and now I love to create that space for other kids, the way my camp counselors did for me. Before graduating high school, I was worried that my camping days were about to end as I had aged out of the program I grew up in, but luckily the teacher who mentored me on my senior project worked for a Girl Scout camp out by San Rafael, and helped me get a job there. I spent three summers there as a counselor, one as an art specialist, and my last summer as a high ropes specialist. (If you had told me in my first year that I’d even touch the ropes course, I’d have been shocked.) I’d found a wild, wacky home full of gnomes, deer, turkeys, and chickens where I could teach girls about the community building power of theater and the confidence building power of science. With the Girl Scouts, I got to write and choreograph shows, learn to play the ukulele, lash together an entire couch, and go on many adventurous creek hikes, and now I’m excited to see what adventures Augusta has in store.
No bio is complete without some rapid-fire fun facts:
- If I could only have one dessert forever, it would be black licorice and you can’t change my mind.
- Growing up, my mom had a pet name for me, “Punk” and y’know what they say, “You are what your mom calls you.”
- My hobbies include: Not looking at the camera in order to ruin photographs, hanging out with every cat I’ve ever met, going to ballet class sometimes, mixing up figures of speech, and talking about the economics of Star Trek.
- I’m named after my favorite constellation, Orion, and also a rest stop in Vallejo.
- My roommate and I once ate nothing but homemade, completely-from-scratch pizza for two weeks and it was the most glorious thing. (Ever had beets on pizza? Because it’s 115% amazing)
- Burritos are scientifically the most perfect food.
- No one taught me how to drive stick, I just read a bunch of articles on the internet until I figured it out.
- Bonus question to take a guess on: What am I the 3-time Sacramento regional champion of?