Camp is Andrew’s life’s work. He grew up at resident camp where his parents, Dave and Kathy, were on staff. He went on to become a Camp Counselor, Day Camp Director, Director of Camping Services, Resident Camp Director, and now Owner and Director of Go West Camps. Andrew has been involved in professional development in the camp industry, serving as the Education Chair for the American Camp Association. Andrew is a volunteer board member with the Pikes Peak Children's Museum, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, Bike Colorado Springs and the American Camp Association Local Council of Leaders. Andrew’s favorite part of camp is challenging kids to step outside of their boxes, meet new people, and explore the possibilities.
For Arianne, the best parts of camp are the supportive community, the implementation of creative ideas, and endless opportunities to inspire kids to have a positive impact on their world. She constantly strives to develop innovative programs that nurture families and inspire future leaders. Arianne has 15 years of experience in public education, working in Community Schools with Boulder Valley Schools and the St. Vrain School District. As a Resident Camp Director, she has partnered with principals, teachers and families to provide valuable educational experiences for students. After many years in camping as a Unit Director, Day Camp Director, and Resident Camp Director, Arianne, along with her husband Andrew, founded Go West Camps.
Dave started his career in youth development as a public school teacher, and spent many years as a Camp Owner and Director. He also worked on the staff of the American Camp Association, the professional development organization that provides the industry recognized accreditation program. He went on to work in non-profit management and served as Executive Director of the Wilderness Medical Society and Palmer Land Trust. After returning from serving in the Peace Corps, and seeing his son Andrew follow in his footsteps with a career in camps, he was inspired to co-found Go West Camps. Dave believes it is important to get kids out and about, exploring their neighborhood, and building meaningful relationships.