The Camp Experience
Sweet pictures by Erin Thurman, Lavender Roots, and random iphones.
We're a group of inextricably linked women who decided we wanted more...more adventure in settings that felt intimidating and yet intoxicating (the inspiring kind not the beer kind...although we like a good craft.)
We wanted to learn to rock climb and mountain bike, paddle board and start our own fires and we believed learning together, as women, wasn't just encouraging, it also felt less pressured.
So here we are, taking risks and learning new things. The best part (in our opinion) is all are welcome, all ages and abilities. There are no outdoor resumes that make you more or less qualified to hang with us. Nope. From the beginner to the genius everyone has a place at the camp fire.
Now, we're inviting you. We've learned that the more we surround ourselves with women who are traveling the same road, the stronger and more confident we become. And seriously, laughing with a bunch of ladies while learning to mountain bike and falling in the mud is pretty kickass.
We stay local and go global with each experience tethered to our mission of teaching, empowering, challenging and connecting. We know the strength we find within ourselves transfers to every other area of our lives making us women who believe in our capabilities and aren't afraid to take daily risks.
Meet (some of)The Team
There's a lot more of us on the other page. Consider the faces below the "founding friends." Everyone at camp is different. Some of us are comfortable pooping in the woods while others would hold it until we died. Our differences make basecamp a beautiful place to play.
Jenny is the crazy founder of SheVentures. A Mom of 2 kids, Jenny makes money for her family as a communications maven who enjoys the outdoors more than cake.
Author of, The War On Normal, Jenny has a passion for empowering women to do things that make them uncomfortable.
Jenny and her husband Franklin are also the Race Directors of the Georgia Jewel Ultra Trail Race.
Jennifer works in corporate accounting which makes us all yawn. When she comes home each day she feeds, cares for and snuggles her turkeys, chickens, ducks and dogs (and husband, Fred.) She rides a tractor and shoots a gun like Wyatt Earp (he was a famous cowboy).
Jennifer loves hiking, running (ok, she says she doesn't love running, she maybe just likes it) and camping...anywhere. Most of all she loves any new adventure and is always the first person to say "yes!"
Kellye and her husband Josh are the magnificent owners of Lavender Roots Photography. She's also the most creative woman you'll ever meet. Want an amazingly cool hand-made gift? Kellye can either a.) find it or b.) make it for you.
When she's not creating a master piece of art, Kellye camps, hikes, climbs or runs through the woods and can cook some mean campfire food.
High School biology teacher turned NYC nanny, Lauren's passion for the outdoors and spending time with others brings her back to camp each year.
She keeps the rest of the team current, culturally relevant, and updated on the newest slang words. She's a deep thinker whose presence the camp and team, rely on.
She's been known to run miles in the woods and is ALWAYS up for trying most anything. She and Jenny once found a car door buried deep in the woods. They rolled the window down and enjoyed the breeze.
Mark & CJ Wilkerson
These are Jenny's parents and camp couldn't happen without them. Seriously. They own the camp property.
Always the adventure seekers, Mark and CJ's lives reflect the camp character. Loving. Serving. Caring. Generous. And a little crazy...a requirement for living on 500 acres in the woods and helping run adventure camps.
CJ helps ensure the operations of camp run smoothly (like the food and other really important things) while Mark is the perfect engineer for anything that needs building...or more likely, fixing. CJ is an organizational genius while Mark uses his billion years of corporate leadership to advise on camp business management. Like, can we afford a forestry mower or just hand trimmers.
Franklin is the camp sawyer and medical advisor. Evidently, being able to cut people open and stitch them up makes you really good at cutting down trees and building things like showers and stairs.
Each year, he makes sure the land is in perfect condition for camp. He sprays basecamp for chiggers, helps us park cars, and cuts out all the poison ivy he sees.
Luci & Levi Baker
Asher & Saige Tilford
A Doss Chicken a
These are the kids Franklin Baker and Josh Tilford keep alive, along with a chicken that Fred Doss feeds while we host camp. All but the chicken have to help pull brush, mow, and shop for camp supplies.
If they ever start a band, they've got a good album cover.