IMPACTING LIVES THROUGH OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE

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Camp Leadership

Executive Camp Director Jeb Lapeyrolerie

Jeb has been the executive camp director since April 2016. He came to Camp Kubena with more than 20 years of camp and recreation experience. His love of camping and recreation began as a child growing up in his local parks and recreation day camps. At the age of eight, he was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he answered, "a camp counselor."  His family gets a kick out of the fact that he now runs a camp.

He was hooked on the camping life when he accepted a job at a prominent Hill Country camp as a camp counselor. He worked with a parks and recreation department for seven years planning recreation programs including day camps, after school programs, and community events. He also helped open a country club as the recreation director.

 

His real love has been with residential camps. He has served many different roles at several camps, including program director, assistant director, waterfront director, and camp director. He feels that residential camps can have the most beneficial impact on youth. Residential camps allow their campers to be themselves, develop resiliency, hone conflict resolution skills, and give them a safe place to try new activities.

 

Jeb has a degree in communication from Southeastern Louisiana University and has done graduate work at LSU, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Nicholls State University.

 

He is very involved in American Camping Association (ACA). He is a Standards visitor for camp accreditation, serves on the programs committee for the national conference, and is chairperson for the Southwest Camping Conference for the Texoma Region.

 

Jeb is also a Texas Master Naturalist. He currently serves as the training chairperson for the 2018 training class.

Assistant Camp Director Whitten Shappell

Whitten grew up in the Piney Woods of Longview, Texas, where she was involved in various activities around her community. She then went on to attend the University of Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies as well as early childhood education. She was also an active member of the beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. Whitten then completed her internships at The Rise School of Tuscaloosa and at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, leading the way for her to become a certified Child Life Specialist. After completing her studies, Whitten spent a year living in Melbourne, Australia. While there, she was a nanny to a family with three wonderful children, and she travelled every chance that she had exploring the country of Australia. 

 

Whitten has several years of camping experience. From transitioning from camper to counselor, attending camp for 10 years as well as being a counselor at two camps for four years, she now finds herself at Camp Kubena. “Summer camp has made such a positive impact on my life, and I am thrilled to be able to continue my love for the outdoors and working with children at Camp Kubena!”