Pyles Boys Camp prides itself on not only on its program but its excellent staff. Most staff are camp alumni and are committed to maintaining the Pyles legacy and providing a safe, encouraging environment for a successful program.
Adam is a native of Rochester, NY and got his start in Youth Development at the most-attended overnight camp in Western New York. He spent a total of 16 summers on their staff, including 5 years as Camp Director. He is an active volunteer with the American Camp Association, and has received regional and national awards for his volunteer work as an Accreditation Standards Visitor, Local Council of Leaders Member, conference presenter and National Conference Committee Member.
Adam believes strongly in the camp experience and its ability to prepare our young men for life. By spending time away from home, unplugging from technology and being present in the moment, boys can become independent while learning skills that are needed in today's workforce. When it comes to learning and practicing the 21st Century Skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, no environment can compare to a summer camp experience.
Sean has been involved with R. M. Pyles Boys Camp since he was 14. He was a camper and counselor until 1977 when we went into the Marine Corps. When he was honorably discharged, Sean joined the California Highway Patrol and during his 13 years with the Patrol was recognized for his leadership abilities, supervisory skills and exemplary service. A accident while he was on patrol with the CHP ended his career with them in 1998. Sean has been married for 30 years to his wife Pam and they have three adult sons who they are very proud of.
Sean returned to camp during the summers of 1998 and 1999 and became the Camp Director in 2000. In 2002 he added the Executive Director’s responsibilities to his duties as well. In 2006 the position of Executive Director was split from the Camp Director position so that Sean could concentrate on the active and direct management of the Camp as the Camp Director.
Sean is a Certified Visitor as well as a graduate of the Camp Director’s Training program of the American Camp Association and continues in service education through the ACA and other sources.
Thanks to his leadership, Pyles Camp is secure in its ability to continue our legacy of over 60 years of changing lives in a positive direction and Daring Boys to Become Men, and Men to Become Leaders. R.M Pyles Boys Camp is an Accredited American Camp Association Camp, adhering to the highest standards of the camping world. Sean is well respected and loved by campers and staff alike.
Shotgun has worked in the youth services field for more than 30 years. First as a camp counselor and then as a program leader for the Wilderness Institute where he led outdoor recreation programs including hikes, team building, ropes course, rock climbing, reptile programs and frontier skills classes. He graduated with honors from Humboldt State University with a degree in Recreation Administration and a minor in Natural Resources Interpretation and Business.
He began working at Pyles Camp in 1987 as a summer camp counselor and program specialist and continued on a seasonal basis until 1995 when he joined the full time staff. His first position was the Program Coordinator responsible for the Winter Outreach program and coordinating the selection of Lioneers and Voyagers. In 2002 he became the Facilities Director responsible for overseeing all the facilities, building, supplies, equipment, purchasing and food. He is also responsible for the yearbook which is published each year as well as assisting Beaver with the day to day operations of running camp.
His contribution to the camp is well known and appreciated by campers and staff alike.
Leslie McCann has over 20 years of experience in office administration. She was employed by the Cal State University system for 10 years in an Office Manager/Human Resources position before accepting a position with a private CPA firm as their Firm Administrator where she was employed for 12 years. Leslie is married with two children and resides in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Anthony "Tank" Martinez embarked on his journey through the Pyles Camp program as a camper in the summer of 2000, selected from the Long Beach area. In 2003 Tank became a seasonal staff member. In the years that followed he demonstrated leadership, a strong work ethic and dedication to the Pyles Camp program and was promoted to supervisory staff in 2012 and to a full-time Program Coordinator shortly thereafter.
Tank is now the camp's Program Director assisting the Camp Director with 1st year camper recruitment, summer staffing and logistics. Tank collaborates with volunteer "Selectors" from local schools, law-enforcement agencies and community based organizations to select deserving young men from the five counties we serve. Tank also works with the Board Scholarship Chairman to oversee the Pyles Scholarship Program benefitting staff members who attend an accredited college or trade school.
Tank is a firm believer of the Pyles Camp message and is committed to the betterment and success of our youth.
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