Creating life-shaping experiences to participants through ranch work, community service, creative projects, and challenging outdoor activities.
My name is Sam Pugh. I first went to the ranch as a camper 11 years ago, and have been going back (as a camper and then as a counselor) ever since! On my own time I enjoy fly fishing and love backpacking/canyoneering in southern utah canyon country. I’m excited for another summer at the ranch this year!
Heyo! My name is Ellis Jackson. I’m from Provo, Utah. I’m 22 and studying communication at UVU. I love skiing, fly fishing, biking and photography. I was a camper for 4 summers and a junior counselor for 1 summer. This year I’ll be a Senior Counselor and I’m excited to get to know everybody! BCSR has a special place in my heart. It’s truly an amazing place!
Hey, I’m Scout Stratford! This will be my fifth summer at BCSR, two of those summers I spent as a camper. Just finished my first year studying animation at the University of the Arts London, but my home base is near NYC. My strengths are anything nerdy, such as video games, comics, and especially tabletop RPGs. My top three sports are skate/surf/snowboarding, hiking, and unicycling. I’m hyped to be working as a counselor with the second and third sessions. Summer can’t come soon enough!
Hi, I'm Jed Johnson and I will be a senior counselor at Birch Creek this summer. I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended the ranch for four summers as a camper and one as a junior counselor. I always had a great time there and hope to help others enjoy it as much as I did. I am about to graduate from Harvard with a degree in Physics and Math. I enjoy surfing and ultimate frisbee.
My name is Hyrum Burningham. I was born in Spring City, and grew up in the outdoors hiking with my family and working on friend’s farms. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and trying new things. As a junior counselor, I look forward to making friends and helping people have a good time at Birch Creek.
Yo, I'm Haakon (pronounced like the bird) Woodbury! I'm from Manti Utah, just a few miles from the Ranch, where I've been involved going on 8 years! I love science and art and technology and teaching and helping people in need, and I'm super excited to serve the community again this summer.
Hi! My name is Bryn Burningham. I am a BFA candidate at Utah State University, where I take far too many pictures of flowers and agonize over art homework. My passion is sustainability. I’ve worked at BCSR two summers and one winter now, and I’m excited to begin my third summer as a senior counselor.
My name is Finn Golden. This is my first year as a junior counselor at Birch Creek. I’m a wrestler and a skier. I like to do lots of outdoor stuff in summers, which is part of the reason I enjoy coming out to BCSR. I’m excited to see what new adventures are in store for this session and hopefully the campers are too.
I’m Clayton Smith. I’m 16 and a sophomore at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education (SLCSE). I like to play basketball and write, especially short stories and rap lyrics. I love backpacking, rock climbing, and the outdoors in general, but i’m also a nerd who loves video games, super heroes, and memes. I’m very excited to work at the ranch this year as a junior counselor and look forward to meeting all the campers!
Jake Momberger: I love climbing, fly fishing and canyoneering in Southern Utah. I’m a senior at Brigham Young University studying Health Science with hopes to go to med school after graduating. During the school year, I work as a research assistant for sexual assault at the Utah Crime Lab and volunteer as a spanish medical interpreter. This is my second year as a senior counselor at the ranch and I can’t wait to go back!
Hi, my name is Ben Fryer. I am from Spring City, Utah. I recently got back from serving as a missionary in southern Italy 🇮🇹. I am currently a student at Snow College with a major in art. I love being outdoors and I am a certified lifeguard. In 2016 I had the opportunity to be a junior counselor at the ranch for a session. I loved it so much that I’m returning as a senior counselor for round two at Birch Creek Service Ranch!
Tor Burningham grew up in Spring City, working on local farms and raising animals with his family of eleven. He loves being out side and giving his best to whatever he is doing. Tor will be a junior counselor session 1. #bcsrstaff2019
Boys sessions are now full! Waitlist only for new registrations. We’re sorry we can’t accommodate everyone and grateful for the huge response this year. Girls session still has several openings.
“Outside of camp, I am a wellness facilitator, yoga instructor, and healing artist. I love a good story. I think nature and laughter are some of the best medicines. I believe in kindness, and gratitude is the attitude I shoot for the most.” —Cherie Kaplan, Assistant Director and Counselor this summer
My name is Jake Hyder and I am super exited to be a part of BCSR this year! I am from Highland City Utah. I was first introduced to BCSR when I was a camper there at the age of fourteen and fifteen. Attending this ranch gave me an entirely new aspect to life. It showed me how learning to work and serving others is the most wonderful thing in the world! I am currently a new student at SLCC studying general education. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar, basketball, and watching movies with family and friends.
My name is Samuel Johnson, I live in Jackson Wyoming, I am 17 years old. I am an avid Cross Country ski and Mountain Bike racer. I also love to rock climb, fly fish, trail run, and jam on the guitar. I was a camper at the Ranch for 3 years and this will be my first summer as a counselor! I will only be at the ranch for session 2. Get hyped for this summer! Yee Yee!!
My name is Shayna Pugh. I'm a junior in high school and my favorite hobby is rock climbing. I'm excited to work at the ranch as a junior counselor and hope to make a positive impact on the campers this summer.
Heyo, my name is Tyrrell Tapaha. I'm from the Four Corners area and currently a student at Northern Arizona University with a major in Forestry. I love working/being outdoors and have done so since I was a kid with my major activities being long distance hiking/backpacking and canyoneering. I guess an interesting thing about me is aside from outdoor activities I'm a full time fiber artist and love to work with any type of fiber and or craft, with Navajo Weaving being my predominant medium.
My name is Noah Valentine. I am from Sandy, Utah. As a thirteen and fourteen year-old I was a camper at BCSR. They were the best summers of my life! I am excited to be back as a senior counselor. I love playing the violin and backpacking. I recently returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Croatia and Serbia, and I am currently studying physiology at BYU.
Introducing English and Kelly Brooks, Program Director and Camp Cook this summer. They have been involved with Birch Creek since its first season in 2003. During those first several years, Kelly led afternoon activities and served as head cook, and English was a senior counselor, leading work crews and backpacking trips. (English was also a camper and later a counselor at Bennion Teton Boys Ranch in the 90s.) Now that their own kids are a bit older and ready for ranch life, the Brooks family is excited to be back in Pigeon Hollow this summer! During the rest of the year, English and Kelly teach at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.