Cub Creek Science Camp has a year-round team dedicated to making the summer camp experience for our 2000 campers the best it can be! In addition to the staff you see listed below, camp has several seasonal interns that help care for the needs of our animals and a year round maintenance and building crew.
Lori & Scott Martin
Founders, Owners, Executive Directors
Scott and Lori Martin are the Founders, Owners, and Executive Directors of Cub Creek Science Camp. They met working at a summer camp in 1985 where Scott was running the Ropes Course and Lori was a camp counselor. They fell in love that summer and married three years later in 1988!
Together they have built a unique program for children to experience the wonders of nature, explore the marvels of science, and get up close and personal with a number of different animal species; all while ensuring that camp is run in a way that honors their Christian worldview. Scott and Lori have two daughters and one son who have been involved in every aspect of camp.
Natalie is our Program Director in charge of Staff Recruitment, Training and Marketing! She also oversees camp’s daily operations including helping with camper registrations and answering your phone calls. Natalie also oversees our off season group and facility rentals.
She is from Australia! Back in Australia, Natalie earned her Zoo Keep certification at the Symbio Zoo and most recently worked in the Education Department of the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Natalie worked at camp in the summers of 2007 and 2008! She’s excited to introduce campers to camp’s interesting animals, eat S’mores, and come back to the place where she had so many great memories. 2024 is Natalie's 8th year at camp.
Nathan is our Program Director in charge of Curriculum Development and Wellness Coordination. He oversees the creation and implementation of our sensational courses and classes. Nathan also is over hiring of our summer seasonal staff members.
2024 is Nathan and his family’s third year on our team. Nathan and his wife, Karrie, have been married for 10 years and have seven children. He loves working with words and has written a picture book for his children. Nathan is excited to bring his love of learning to the Cub Creek team and looks forward to encouraging both staff and campers as they develop the habits and skills to be today’s leaders and tomorrow's heroes.
Makayla supervises camp’s animal area including the management of camp’s year-round animal care teams. In the summer, she additionally coordinates our permanent adoption program helping cats, dogs and more find their forever homes. Makayla will also over-see the summer ASIT program.
Her history with camp started in 2012 as a camper. She has since been an ASIT, counselor, a summer animal specialist, and an off-season animal intern. Beyond camp, Makayla has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife & Conservation Biology and worked at Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary with big cats like tigers and lions. Makaya helps to guide those with a future with animals by giving experience in animal handling and husbandry. She cares to give campers, ASITs and staff meaningful interactions with camp’s animal family. 2024 will be Makayla's 11th summer at Cub Creek.
Claireesa serves as our Program Director responsible for Camper Wellness and Support. Her role involves facilitating communication with campers and families, supporting staff in handling challenging behaviors, and offering a compassionate ear to campers who need it most.
Claireesa's journey began as a camper in 2004. Since then, she's taken on various roles at Cub Creek—ASIT, Nurse’s Assistant, part of the Transportation Team, Camp Photographer, and Office Manager. As she gears up for her 16th summer in 2024, her love for the camp's supportive atmosphere and fostering kids' individuality remains strong. With expertise in behavior management, Claireesa is always there to lend a listening ear to anyone at camp facing challenges.
Ellen is our full time, registered nurse that oversees the health and wellness of the campers and staff of Cub Creek. She is responsible for daily check-ins with each camper during meal times, medication passes, and is available to attend to any safety concerns during the campers stay. She lives on site with her husband Jonathan and their three children, Theo, Char and Veve; 2024 will be their fourth summer at Cub Creek. Since 2008, Ellen has worked as a nurse in both geriatrics and pediatric care, gastroenterology and home health and hospice. Growing up, she was a camp kid, having fond memories of spending her summers thriving at 4H camps. Now, she loves to expand those childhood moments by ensuring the well being of campers and staff while continuing to enjoy the fun she remembers as a child. Her heart is for every camper to have a fond memory year after year of spending their summer living life to the fullest.
Paul “Chef” & Erika Bailey
Paul is our Kitchen Manager. He will be supervising the kitchen team this summer and organizing the preparation of all of our camp meals. In the off-season he coordinates all of the meals and catering for group events. Erika helps lead our Nature programs over the summer. Paul has over seven years of culinary experience in cooking for youth camps. He looks forward to bringing fresh ideas to some of our classic meal options here at camp. He lives here at camp with his wife, Erika. They have a small zoo of their own with 3 dogs, a cat, 3 snakes, a bird, a bunny, and a Vinegaroon! 2024 will be Chef's 3rd year at camp.
Bruce is our Maintenance Supervisor overseeing all camp’s upkeep, building, and facility safety. Summer 2024 will be Bruce's 4th summer at camp.
The Summer Team
While our summer team is only here for 3 months, they are a HUGE part of our summer camp experience! Our summer team consists of nearly 90 people from around the globe who all have one thing in common; A love for nature, science, animals and our campers!