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Staff & Bios

Point Reyes Summer Camp is staffed by a remarkable group of people who share a love for the natural world, great enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, and dedication to fostering confidence and creating experiences that evoke awe and connection. Our programs promote inclusion, change lives, and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
Sam
McLaughlin
Backpacking Coordinator

Sam has been backpacking in Point Reyes National Seashore about as long as he's been able to walk. Growing up in nearby San Anselmo, he visited Point Reyes often with his family, and began coming to Point Reyes Summer Camp at age nine. Since then he's spent at least one week of every summer as a camper or a staff member in the park. Sam graduated from Pomona College in 2016 with a degree in politics, and has been living and working in Utah as a wilderness therapy field instructor and a freelance journalist for most of the last year. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and campfires. He's excited to return to the place where his love of the outdoors began, and to introduce Point Reyes to another generation of campers.

Marc
Leonor
Site Director

Marc Leonor grew up in Southern California in the San Fernando Valley. He has a degree in Information & Computer Science from UC Irvine. However, it was his first experience of working at a summer camp that sparked a passion that would change his career path. At Camp Sharwood, a summer camp program under L.A. City Parks and Recreation, Marc's experience of being a counselor, Sports Director, CIT Director, and eventually Camp Director, would pave the way to starting his own camp.
In 2007, Marc moved to the Philippines and started his own summer camp program, which is one of very few programs of its kind in Manila. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Marc has left behind a well-trained staff and leadership team to run camp in the Philippines while he comes to Point Reyes to share and contribute all of his experience and passion for summer camp. Marc brings to Point Reyes Summer Camp sharp team-building skills, a wealth of logistical expertise and an eagerness to lead, support and inspire every staff member and camper that comes to Point Reyes. He describes his introduction to Point Reyes and the Clem Miller Center as “love at first sight”.

Lynn
Hinck
Program Director

Lynn grew up just outside of Yellowstone Park where she received her first education in the outdoors from the park rangers and the wild lands around her. She spent many childhood hours in the woods exploring creek beds, tracking moose, reading the sky and playing with the wood elves. The sense of awe and delight in the natural world has never left her, and nothing brings her more joy than sharing her love of nature with children.
Lynn has spent some portion of every summer for the past 30 years as either a camper or a camp staff member. She has done nearly every job there is to do at camp and served on the Board of Trustees for Luccock Park Camp in Montana for many years. Most recently she worked for Trackers Earth managing their year-round Marin programs. She is excited to put her gifts for team-building, biscuit baking and knock-knock jokes to work for Point Reyes Summer Camp.

Louise
Prescott
Naturalist

Native to the Bay Area, Louise has been enjoying Point Reyes since she first started coming to camp as a ten-year-old. She hasn't been able to stay away, having come back to learn and play every summer since, as a camper, counselor-in-training, counselor, and now as a naturalist. A new graduate from Bryn Mawr College, she can't wait to return to her natural habitat! Through her own experiences in Point Reyes, Louise has felt the curiosity and joy that come along with learning in nature's classrooms, and she's excited to spread the magic. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, looking for frogs, cloud-watching, and identifying minerals. Louise is looking forward to getting a little muddy and sharing her love of this unique National Seashore with new friends and old.

Photo of Laura Svancarek in nature.
Laura
Svancarek
Naturalist, Curriculum Coordinator

Laura comes to PRSC from Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor where her school-year job is teaching outdoor school. She graduated Cum Laude from the Huxley College of the Environment, part of Western Washington University. She has worked with children in nature since she was a high school student, leading community park restoration events. In her work Laura has witnessed that seeing animals in their natural habitat, particularly large mammals such as elk, can be a perspective-changing experience for children in a way that helps them understand the magnitude of the natural world. A native of Washington state and a student of coastal ecology, Laura has a vast knowledge of coastal wetlands and intertidal zones. Working as a naturalist and teaching children about the natural world through exploration and play has brought Laura an immeasurable amount of joy, and she could not be more excited to work with new, amazing kids in a new, beautiful place this summer. This is Laura’s second summer at PRSC. Returning campers will remember her as Rex’s (our camp snake) caretaker and an expert silly song singer.

Clare
Sobetski
Assistant Director

Clare grew up hiking and cross-country skiing with her family in Colorado. She attended Whitman College, where her passions for biology and creative writing melded together in an Environmental Humanities major. Right after college, Clare moved to the Bay Area as a corps member in the Teach For America program. She is a 4th year teacher at Richmond High School, teaching biology, health care and mental health and leading the science department. Serendipity struck when she stumbled upon a poster for Point Reyes Summer Camp on a solo hike from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Clare has spent her past three summers working at Point Reyes Summer Camp, including two seasons as a Naturalist. Last year, she helped with the transition to a new leadership team. Clare has even organized an annual trip to the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center for her high school students. She is thrilled to be working on the leadership team for Summer 2017!