Summer Staff Team

Mercedes Whitman

Summer Camp Director

Mercedes aka Merci is originally from  Center Tuftonboro, NH. She's excited to be back  to serve this summer as Summer Camp Director. Merci loves reading stories to anyone who wants to hear one! She also enjoys various creative pursuits like watercolor painting.  She also has a passion for Signed languages and hopes one day to work with the Deaf community. She is a strong advocate for having the Bible translated into the many Signed languages that exist. She's so excited that you are here at camp! And hopes to help make this a great week for you!

Abbi Van Brunt

Waterfront Coordinator

Abbi Van Brunt is from Tuftonboro, NH and is excited to be the waterfront coordinator this summer!  Abbi is delighted to be attending college at Word of Life Bible Institute to strengthen her Christian foundation. Abbi has been coming to camp as a camper since 2005 and this is her fifth year on staff. She is excited to roast s’mores and swim with the campers! When she isn’t doing school or at camp she enjoys knitting, listening to audio books, hanging out with her rabbit Penelope, and of course, hammocking!

Ruthie Bachand

Program Staff

Ruthie Bachand has been attending Sentinel since 2009 and this summer she has joined the summer staff team! Some of her favorite things to do include reading, playing with her guinea pigs, listening to the Beatles and other classic rock, playing the guitar and singing, and simply hanging out with friends and family. Ruthie is super excited to serve on the Sentinel team this year and can’t wait to meet your campers!

David McClure

Program Staff

David McClure is from Canterbury NH. He attended Belmont high school, but those times are long over. It’s off to college for him. Don't let David’s appearance fool you, he’s older than he looks. David’s appearance hasn’t changed for years. This summer he will be serving as a counselor in the boy’s unit. David promises to do his best to make the weeks at camp a memorable experience for each camper.

Olivia Hart

Program Staff

Olivia has been working at camp sentinel since 2019.  It is her favorite place to be and she is very excited for this summer!  Her goal this summer is to show the love of Jesus to her campers and everyone around her, and to have fun.  Some of her favorite things to do are spending time with friends, playing music, and traveling.  Her favorite activity at camp is night swimming or playing Nukem. 

Noah Wingate

Housekeeping Coordinator

Noah Wingate is returning for his third year on the housekeeping staff. From New Durham NH, Noah enjoys kayaking and gaga ball during the Sentinel season, and snowboarding in the winter. He looks forward to working with the housekeeping staff and having fun this summer.

Role Model

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Tucker Van Brunt

Storyteller

Tucker Van Brunt has lived at camp since 2005, he has breathed the air at camp more than any other staff member.  On staff since 2014, he serves as the Story Teller.  In this position, he hopes to help enhance and continue to progress Sentinel's marketing, create a welcoming environment for campers and their families, and help to serve behind the scenes with administrative support. Tucker is currently in his senior year at Gordon College where he studies Communication Arts with an interest in Marketing and Public Relations.

Elissa Boucher

Wellness Coordinator

Elissa Boucher is from Antrim, New Hampshire. She has been serving as Sentinel's Camp Nurse/Wellness Coordinator since 2014 and in other roles since 1999. Elissa has her bachelor’s degree of science in nursing and is currently licensed in the State of New Hampshire as a registered nurse. She is really excited to meet all the children and coordinate any medical care that is needed while at camp. Outside of camp Elissa likes to read non-fiction and fictional historical books. She also likes archery and goes target practicing in her free time. She is a big New England sports fan and tries to watch or listen to as many of the Red Sox games as possible. Elissa is always excited to see all that God does at Sentinel, and she looks forward to seeing and experience his blessings this summer.

Maria Johnson

Program Staff

Maria Johnson is from York, Maine and is so excited to be returning for her second year on staff as program staff! Maria started off her years here at Sentinel as a camper and has fulfilled her wishes of becoming a camp counselor like those she looked up to as a camper! Maria currently attends Liberty University Online Academy High School and is so excited to be a student at their sister university Liberty University in 2021. Maria loves working with kids and has all her life! She loves spreading the love of God to the campers and she can’t wait for this summer. 

Donald Rudolph

Food Service Coordinator

Donald will be serving at the Food Service Coordinator this summer. He is from Tilton NH and works for the Tilton School District in the non-summer months. In his free time, he enjoys activities such as swimming,  kayaking and horseback riding. Art is also a big part of Donald's life. He loves to paint and enjoys reading, especially poetry. While this will be Donald's first time serving at Sentinel, he has been connected with the camp for years. 

Christopher Dudley

Food Service Coordinator

Christopher joined kitchen staff in 2019 and is delighted to return to Camp Sentinel this summer! His hobbies include music, theatre, and calligraphy. Daily routine, a Christian environment, and lots of outdoors are just a few of the things he loves about camp. Outside of camp, he is an aspiring musician and theatre director.

Nikulaus Barnes

Program

Nikulaus Barnes is very excited to be a part of the summer staff this year at Camp Sentinel. Some of his hobbies are playing various instruments, reading, and listening to music, he loves The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost, all three and one. He loves reading the Bible and spending time with God.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a welcoming environment for Christian relationship building and spiritual renewal. Within the stillness of God's creation and through the guidance of the staff, people are moved from discovery into authentic relationships with others and with Jesus Christ.

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