Karinda Boone: – Director
Karinda is the oldest of four children and is a fourth generation Oregonian. While living in the culturally diverse city of Portland, Oregon, Karinda gained the appreciation for a wide variety of cultural beliefs. A graduate of George Washington University in Georgetown, she worked in Real Estate Sales and Marketing for nearly 30 years before pursuing her dream of establishing a summer camp for children.
Karinda was a member of the Junior League of Portland which gave her great opportunities to work for various children’s causes. She was a Board member of Trillium Family Services and the Deschutes County Board of Mental Health. She was also a certified foster parent providing temporary shelter care for children – she is intimately familiar with the issues of children with Mental Health issues and compassionate about fostering positive values in children.
Karinda’s love of camping is evident by her long standing enrollment at Camp Four Winds Westward Ho as a camper, dishwasher, CIT, and counselor. She attended numerous other camps including Camp Fire Girl and other local camps. Her children have also enjoyed attending Four Winds Westward Ho camp – thus understanding the importance of creating camp traditions.
Karinda’s friends have told her for years that her calling is to be a Central America tour guide for children since she loves to explore authentic unique places throughout Central America that tourists have yet to discover in the masses and ruin the charm. When Karinda was a single mother of two she lived in Sayulita, Mexico for three months during the summer with her children – they have returned to the village of Sayulita for the last 17 years making lifelong friends there. She is passionate about the strong family values evident in the villages of Central America.
This past year, Karinda’s adventure was a 10,000 mile road trip (read the blog ) with her husband and chocolate Labrador. In a classic 1985 suburban, they drove from Bend, Oregon to Tola Rivas, Nicaragua loaded with everything to start a school in a rural village. The children and families in this community have stolen her heart and this summers camp adventure will be devoted to returning to the magical untouched beauty of Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast and sharing it with students.
Taylor Hedlund – Summer Camp Assistant
Taylor first joined Spanish Immersion Camps session 3 in 2010 as the girls counselor and will be returning for the summer of 2015 to assist the director and counselors in anyway she can. She’s been on this Nicaragua adventure before, so can add lots of insight!
Taylor has been a certified Red Cross babysitter since 2003, a full time nanny and camp counselor. Taylor is a dedicated athlete and was a recipient of the Presidents award of achievement. Taylor has spent many summers in Sayulita and visited annually for the past 14 years – she is knowledgeable and familiar with the village and the Spanish language. Taylor is a graduate of Summit High School and a senior at the Portland Statae University majoring in international sports business and Spanish. Taylor loves to travel and has been fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Montana. Additionally she’s traveled internationally to Canada, Portugal, Nicaragua and Spain to watch the world cup soccer games; alone and assigned to a stewardess at age 13 to England to stay with friends she met at camp and extensively throughout Mexico with her friends and family. In 2008, she spent a month long adventure hiking over 100 miles through the rain forests of Costa Rica with Outward Bound completing a home stay, surfing and rafting week, solo experience and Spanish immersion course. Taylor is excited to share her travel and camp experiences with campers this summer with the adventures planned along the coast of Nicaragua.
Walter Lopez Flores – Transportation Manager
Walter (pictured in the white shirt with his two daughters) is a bi-lingual, Nicaraguan native, educated in the United States. Walter has his Nicaragua transportation certification and will be insuring we safely get from one destination to the next. Walter is a single father of two girls, both of which will be joining our camp group, adding a special local presence and bi-lingual addition to our language and multi-cultural emphasis. Walter’s enthusiasm for sharing the country’s history and notable landmarks is a fabulous addition to our educational mission.
Each session is staffed with a male and female counselor which live in the casitas with the campers, in addition to the two staff adults that stay in the main villa, making the camper to adult ratio 10:4. Additionally, the yoga, Spanish and surf instructors are certified locals that increase that camper to adult ratio during the day. Counselors and adult staff have undergone a background check and are drug free.