Meet our dedicated staff..
We're looking forward to making this the
sweetest, most meaningful, fun, awesome
Family Camp experience yet!
Doug Dolstad & Barbara Larson Camp Directors and Hosts
We heartily welcome you to our eighth NVC Family Camp Village! We are so delighted to once again be part of this magical summer experience with families and staff from around the world. After nine years, we've seen this camp community become a family in itself, with parents becoming extended support systems, the youth forming bonds that last through the year and look forward to each summer's reunion, and the way returning families fold new into the village.
We're thrilled to have big-hearted, skillful, talented staff and a whole herd of generous, spirited volunteers again this year! And while camp will always seek to meet the needs of families, we're cooking up some new elements which we anticipate will make camp even sweeter than before. We can hardly wait!
Maren Metke Youth Program Coordinator
Maren is a mother, artist, teacher and musician who founded, taught at and ran her own private holistic school on Vashon Island for 7 years. She also ran an arts, nature and compassionate communication based summer camp for children for the last 10 years in Washington and California. Her learning-style based philosophy supports a deep desire to see and hold each individual with care, respect and a fresh perspective, thereby aiming to experience the greatest connection and understanding possible.
Maren is a co-founder and has been the Youth Program coordinator for the WA NVC Family Camp since 2004, and helped found other NVC family camps in D.C. and CA. Maren lives in Grass Valley, CA with her amazing son, Sam, the official family camp dog Ursa, and her partner. She currently teaches for a multi-age coop and home study charter, working with children ages 6 - 10, and performs her music locally and in the bay area. She *loves* the family camp immersion experience, and is deeply grateful to receive and contribute the support and rich experience it offers.
To Be Announced! Teen Program Coordinator
To Be Announced! Tween Program Coordinator
Dinah Smith Camp Photographer, Videographer
Dinah's introduction to NVC over 19 years ago was as a video producer/director for an NVC Training Tape for Holley Humphrey. Since then we have made more videos and instructional games for kids and families. Both her boys were brought up in NVC, and cherish their meaningful connections to themselves and others as a result of being NVC kids (their words)!
Says Dinah, "I can't imagine a summer without family camp! I usually work as the camp photographer and video maker person. I love community!"