Program and On-Site Director
I’ve been a part of the Monkey Business tribe as a Site Director and Program Director since 2007 and I’m honored to have the opportunity to direct another summer of Boys on the Go. I’ll bring over 20 years experience working with youth to BOTG. In those years I’ve worked as a park ranger, farmer, teacher, counselor, naturalist aide and mindfulness teacher. Formerly I was the Youth Leadership Program Director of The Mosaic Project, co-lead a rites of passage group with The Stepping Stones Project and later created and led my own rites of passage group The Road Home. In the past few years I’ve facilitated weekly mindfulness groups for kids and teens, taught mindfulness around the Bay Area and staffed numerous teen meditation retreats for Spirit Rock and Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Most recently I founded the teen sangha at East Bay Meditation Center. I am a founding board member of the non-profit Mindful Peacebuilding and currently serve as a consultant and trainer for the organization SEEDS of Awareness. I’m the father of two daughters and a playful spirit who enjoys hiking, nature, baseball, basketball and always look forward to engaging and connecting with those who join the Monkey Business family.
Hello everyone! I am excited you are interested in camp, as it truly takes you to help manifest our vision of an incredible summer for your kids. I grew up in 1970s and 80s Brooklyn, NY and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains, in a co-op community. The treasured memories of interacting with the natural world, having fun with an inter-generational community, and the communities’ commitment to social justice and peace, inspire the kind of place you will find at Monkey Business Camp programs. I have lived in the Bay Area for 25 years, teaching children, ages 2-14 at Step One School and the New School of Berkeley after studying Women’s Studies, History, Government and Dance at Oberlin College in Ohio. I co-founded Monkey Business and the “On the Go” Programs with Stacy Raye in 1999, and continue to guide the direction of the camp as the Executive Director. Current interests: travel-backpacking overseas and camping, music, dance, being in nature, yoga (certified in Kundalini yoga), tarot, astrology, sacred women circles with Heather Munro Pierce, and being with my amazing husband Bradley Olson and dear friends. I am so grateful to have graduated from Angeles Arrien’s Four Fold Way Leadership Training. May this year be one of connection, healing, and joy, so we may be creative stewards of this wondrous planet we call home.
Group Leader (June 19-30)
I’ve been part of the Monkey Business community since 2005 when I started attending as a kindergartner. I have moved up the ranks from being a camper to a CIT, then to a JC, and now finally being lucky enough to take on the responsibility of being a counselor. I am so excited to be able to participate during this second summer of Boys on the Go. I only wish that this amazing program had been offered when I was a camper! I love everything from mountain biking and hiking, to playing baseball and volleyball, to playing music. Growing up in the Bay Area has given me so many experiences and so much valuable knowledge I know I would not have gotten elsewhere, and I hope I will be able to share some of it with my campers. I am looking forward to bringing my teenage energy to camp this summer and topping the fun that we had last year! I can’t wait to see all of you there!
Group Leader (July 10-14)
What’s up Monkey Business! My name is Miles Kelekian. I’ve been at Monkey business for the past 9 years – 3 as a camper, 3 as a counselor in training, and 3 as a junior counselor. Monkey Business is one of the coolest, most fun camps I’ve attended and I truly enjoy spending my time here every summer. I’ve lived in Berkeley my entire life and am going into my senior year at Berkeley High School. I enjoy playing sports, spending time with my friends, and adventuring in the outdoors. I love meeting new people and learning new activities to do with others. I have so much fun hanging out with the campers every year and I’m looking forward to another awesome-packed summer at Monkey Business Camp!