Erin Newport, Executive Director, joined the Colorado Lions Camp team in November 2018. Erin is a Kansas native who attended Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She earned a Bachelors's degree in Recreation and Sports Management. Erin has spent the past 21 years in various roles throughout her camping career. She started as a counselor, then moved on to the Aquatics Director, Program Director and Camp Director. For the past 18 years, she has been in a Camp Director position for the Special Recreation Association and Camp Red Leaf in Illinois.
Erin has been involved in various boards and committees. She has sat on the ACA Illinois board for over 10 years and within that organization was the membership chair for ACA Illinois. She also served on the Mid States Camping Committee, where not only she organized the three-day conference but lead sessions on raising a family in the camping world. She built her career as a director at Camp Red Leaf where she took the camp from 200 children and adults to 800 in her tenure there. She had the opportunity to make the camp more accessible by adding a treehouse, sensory room, and open floor plans for campers to get around better with no limitations.
Witnessing firsthand the impact camp has on the campers, it also has an impact on the staff as well. Camp allows you to experience what outside the box means and how you will be the world to one person. Erin lives by the quote, "to the world you maybe one person, but to one person you maybe the world."
Brenna Bonnelycke, an Administrative Assistant, joined the Colorado Lions Camp team in December of 2019. Brenna is a Colorado native, graduated high school in May of this year. Brenna's plan for the future is to start college in the fall of 2022 to become a behavior specialist. Brenna has worked with kids and adults with disabilities her whole life and thought camp would be a great opportunity.