Meet The Team
Hello and welcome!
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better.
Everyone here at the Wild Packs office is an expert when it comes to all things camp. All our experts have worked at a summer camp and continue to head back to their home from home each year. This keeps us up to date on camp and puts us in the best position possible to interview, coach and place you at your future summer home.
We live and breathe summer camp everyday, and we want to share the magic of summer camp with you!
Our focus is on helping every successful applicant get out to work at camp in the USA, and have an amazing summer in the States. We’ll support you through the entire process- making sure your application is as strong as possible, you’re prepped for your interviews with camp directors and updating you on your progress (from initially applying to the visa process).
We only work with the best. All the camps we work with are ACA accredited which means they must adhere to the strict rules and standards of the American Camping Association. Our camp owners/directors are very enthusiastic to speak with you. We have great relationships with our camps and love helping them with all their staffing needs. Because we are in regular communication with our camps you can be assured that we understand the intricacies of their programs and what they are looking for within the staff that they hire.
Wild Packs work in conjunction with IENA. The IENA team has years of experience in camping, international programming and J-1 visas. IENA provide a 24/7 support phone line whilst Wild Packers are in the States at camp and allow Wild Packs to obtain your visa paperwork, enabling you to get to camp.
Emma – Recruitment Manager
Emma has been heading out to camp since 2014! She works at a Co-Ed sleep away camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Emma has held 4 different positions at camp. She started at camp as the Clothing Deco specialist, teaching kids how to sew and design clothes/pillows etc. She has also held general cabin staff roles and is currently on the leadership team at her camp where she looks after the 13 and 14 year old girls.
At Wild Packs, Emma runs the recruitment team which is the first port of call for our applicants.
Ainslie – Visa Manager
Ainslie has been working at an all-girls camp near Otis Reservoir in Massachusetts since 2017! Ainslie has had a variety of roles at camp, from lifeguard, to cabin counsellor, to programming to leadership.
At Wild Packs, Ainslie sorts through the documents and arranges the visa paperwork for all our applicants.
Ben – Placement Director
Ben has been heading to a Co-Ed camp in Sullivan County, NY since 2012! Known as “Phippsy” at camp, Ben has been a climbing instructor, lifeguard and cabin counsellor before moving onto leadership roles as the lakefront director and head counsellor. In his current role at camp Ben oversees the running of the 14-16 year old’s program.
At Wild Packs, Ben is constant contact with camp directors and applicants so that he can make the best possible matches.
Taylor – Recruitment Coordinator
Taylor works at a Co-Ed sleep away camp in Shandaken, NY and has done so since 2015! Taylor has been the music and theatre specialist and a cabin counsellor. He is returning to camp this summer as a division leader for the 8 year old boys.
At Wild Packs, Taylor helps to screen and coach our applicants right up to the point they have accepted a role with camp.
Jamie – Managing Director/Owner
Jamie has over 15 years experience working at summer camps in the USA and over 20 years experience within the camping industry. Jamie set up Wild Packs in 2008 and along with his wife, kids and dogs, runs a wedding venue in the Scottish Borders called Wedderlie House. Listen to what Jamie has to say in the video below:
Murphy and Eddie – Mascots
Murphy has been with Wild Packs since day 1 as the company mascot. He enjoys short walks to the fridge, rolling in mud and he loves giving out attention to anyone with food in their hand. He recently took on an understudy in the form of Eddie. Eddie loves back scratches, chewing anything he can sink his teeth into and distracting the team in order to get belly rubs.