Meet the Staff: Owen Wise


Owen Wise


How long have you worked for Horizons? 2 weeks!

What are you looking forward to most at OLC?: I am excited to learn how a camp is managed and operated. I also want to ride on the horses.

Favorite Quote: I like refried beans. That’s why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they’re just as good and we’re just wasting time. You don’t have to fry them again after all.

-Mitch Hedberg

Best Joke:  Why can’t T-Rexes do push-ups? …   Because they are extinct.

Hobbies:  Unicycling, Juggling, Slack lining

Random Fact: I started a business selling balance training equipment.

An Embarrassing Story: In elementary school during class I pinched my lips closed and filled my mouth with air. I blew too hard and it made a loud fart noise that the entire class heard.

Favorite food:  Crab Cakes


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Meet the Staff: Ashley Fenner

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Ashley ‘Fenn’ Fenner


How long have you worked for Horizons? 2 weeks!

What are you looking forward to most at OLC?: Hands on experience with the challenge course and some caving on the side.

Favorite Quote:  If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

Best Joke:  What does the farmer say when he can’t find his snow shovel?…. sno’problem!

Hobbies:  Bouldering and Caving

Random Fact: I can pull out a rib and wiggle it

An Embarrassing Story: In high school my father thought he gave me Tylenol before sending me to school. Instead he gave me ex-lax so I spent the rest of the day in the rest room. It wasn’t until I returned home that my mom told me what I had actually taken.

Favorite food:  Mashed potatoes and brown gravy

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Planning A Retreat

Planning a retreat can be a lot of work.  There are many different things to think about and to plan for.  Here is a basic outline of questions to ask and steps to take to assure a successful retreat:

1. Preplanning:

  • Budget:
    • o How much can and are you willing to spend?  Figure out what you can afford and do some research before making any reservations.
    • o Who is paying for it? Your organization or the individuals attending?
  • Dates:
    • o Figure out several dates that work for you and anyone else planning the retreat.  Consider the timing for other people (is it during spring break or when another activity is going on?)
  • Goals and Objectives: What do you want to do and accomplish?
    • o Decide what type of retreat you want to have.  Is the goal for everyone to have fun?  Is it to help train your group to be better leaders?  Decide what type of activities and the length of stay would be appropriate for your group and goals.

2. Call the place you would like to hold your retreat

  • Are the program/ activities, lodging, and food within your price range?
  • Do they have an available date when you want to attend?
  • Can they host the number of people that want to attend?

3. Advertise!

  • Get people pumped for the retreat you are planning!
    • o Make announcements, send emails, spread the word, post pictures, and hand out information
    • o Share some of the highlights for the retreat
  • Give the dates as early as you can, so they can book it on their calendar.  The earlier they know, they more likely they can “save the date” and be available.

4. Book the retreat

  • Even if you don’t know the exact number, if you have a good idea that enough people will attend, get it in the calendar.
  • Give an estimate number of people, request the number of meals and nights you want to attend, and any additional requests (such as activities and meeting spaces).

5. Preparation

  • Have directions for each person (if people are driving separately).
  • Itinerary/ schedule: give to organization and to leaders (and participants if necessary)
  • Give a packing list for everyone.
  • Send in all forms that need to be given to the organization.
  • Finalize numbers and times with the organization.

6. Have Fun!

  • Have a back-up plan if anything is weather depending.
  • Relax and enjoy the retreat!

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Meet the Staff: Scott Dovel


Scott Dovel

OLC Maintenance

How long have you worked for Horizons? 7 seasons (almost two years)

Favorite OLC activity: Operation Purple Activity Captain and Counselor

Favorite quote: “You have to believe to achieve.”

Favorite joke:  Why did the farmer give his cow a pogo stick?  He wanted a milkshake.

Hobbies: I make handcrafted paddles for friends. Since the age of 12, I have been moving tons of rock and dirt, mostly by hand, doing landscaping projects in my family yard leaving a mark that will be there long after I am gone.

Random fact: I was in a wheel chair for 6 months after I was the victim of a severe car accident in 2007.

An embarrassing story: While turning around on Lake Philippa’s beach, I got stuck in the muck and had to be pulled out by a big green tractor.

Favorite Horizons meal: Shepherd’s pie served during International Night during Summer Camp or the famous Surf and Turf served during the SGA Leadership Conference.

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Meet the Staff: Devin Hall


Devin C. Hall

Host Coordinator

How long have you worked for Horizons? 6 years…WOW!

Favorite OLC activity: Camp Fires

Favorite quote:  “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Hobbies: Hobbies include Lego and traveling

Random fact about yourself: I am the owner of a 6 ft x 8 ft Lego castle which I have been working on for 11 years

An embarrassing story: I once stuck a lemon in my nose during preschool sniff day and had to be rush to the ER to take it out 😉

Favorite Horizons meal: My ALL TIME favorite meal at camp…STUFFED CHICKEN BROC!!

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Facing Challenges

How do people grow?  We grow through the development of our bodies and through the process of learning in our minds.  How do people learn? We learn by exploring, questioning, discovering, and by being challenged.  What does it mean to be challenged? To be challenged is to face a task or problem that requires work and effort.  Through this challenge, we begin to discover, test, stimulate the mind, and provide opportunities for growth.  No one grows in their area of comfort.  Imagine your place of comfort.  Is it at the beach?  In a tree?  Watching television?  Wherever your comfort place may be, think about how much you are learning and growing.  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Challenges are different for each individual.  Some are challenged when faced with heights, while others are challenged when speaking publicly.  No two people share all of the same challenges.  People handle challenges differently, too.  Some prefer to face a challenge alone, while some like to share and talk about it. How one responds to challenges is crucial for growth.  Individuals can ignore the challenge or face it with confidence.

The Outdoor Learning Center strives to provide unique opportunities of challenges that stimulate growth for the individual and the team.  OLC presents a challenge and frames the experience to maximize growth.  Part of the growth process is how you address that challenge.  We help to guide individuals to think in positive and constructive ways, while encouraging success.  It is also important to reflect on your experiences to further understanding, discovery, and realization.  Some questions you could ask yourself are: What could I have done differently? What worked well? How did this make me feel and why?  Do not be afraid to tackle the challenges you are faced with because it can provide immense growth within yourself and around you.

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Meet the Staff: Kimberly Lane


Kimberly Lane

OLC Program Coordinator

How long have you worked for Horizons? I worked for OLC as a part-time employee for a few seasons before taking on the role of Program Coordinator.  I started this position at the beginning of September, 2012.

Favorite OLC activity: Low Ropes Course

Favorite quote:  “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” –Viktor Frankl

Favorite joke: What did the pig say on a hot summer day? …”I’m bakin’”!

Hobbies: I like to paint, cook, participate in sports, watch movies, socialize with family and friends, and learn new things.

Random fact: I can wiggle my toes individually.

An embarrassing story:  When I was in college, I walked out into the dining area only to slip on water, which resulted in a tray-full of food flying everywhere. The crowd clapped.

Favorite Horizons meal: It’s hard to say because I like a lot of the meals.  I have a tie between steak and salmon night and the BBQ chicken with macaroni and cheese.  I also really like their cookies, but that’s not a meal!

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