Our Staff

The strength of High Rocks lies in its staff: in each counselor’s unique talents and personality combined with the effort of the staff working together. We are a team of caring people who share thoughts with each other, try new approaches, support one another, and who are creative, energetic, responsible, and patient while leading by example.

Our staff is professional and dedicated to the field of experiential education. They have chosen this field as their pursuit in life. All of our staff have had extensive experience with children in the outdoors and many hold professional certifications in their focus activity including swiftwater rescue, American Canoe Association Instructor Certification, High Ropes Course Certification, AMGA Instructor Training and rock rescue. Our staff members have also committed themselves to safety by frequently holding certifications of Wilderness First Aid/ CPR , Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness EMT.

We understand the importance of individual attention; not only for safety, but also for the educational impact it has on the participants. Our staff to student ratio is 1:5. As we venture off of camp property into nearby forests there are always at least 2 High Rocks staff for each out-of-camp group. Our staff is committed to creating the highest quality programming for experiential education.

Interested in working with us?  Check out our Employment Page.

LEAP Directors

Don Gentle has been working with High Rocks for over twenty years.  He started the LEAP program back in October of 1995. During his tenure on staff, Don has served as Paddling Director, Program Director,  Assistant Director, and has directed the fall LEAP programs since their inception. Additionally, Don’s computer expertise has kept us in the 21st century. Don has a Master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University.  He enjoys paddling, biking, and sailing, though most of his time is spent with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters, Grace and Isabelle.


Woody Noland A grandson of the camp founders, Jane & Sumner Williams, Woody has been at High Rocks a majority of his summers, beginning as a toddler. A graduate of William and Mary, he has spent the last several years living in the Brevard area working full-time at High Rocks. As a camper, he enjoyed most of the activities, but remains an avid paddler. During the summer, Woody is the head counselor of our program.

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~ The Altamont School, Birmingham, AL ~

“The best part of the trip was the instructional staff. Not only were they knowledgeable and well-trained, they interacted extremely well with the students and balanced individual personalities and group dynamics really well.”