Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center (GOREC) will open its gates to new audiences with the leadership of a new Director, Jamie Lewis Hedges.
Youth have explored the outdoors at GOREC for nearly a century. Following a 61-year stretch as a Boy Scouts of America camp, the unique facility is returning to its community-based roots by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to explore. Just 25 minutes from Traverse City, GOREC sits on a pristine stretch of forest, nestled between Spider and Rennie Lakes. It is a program of Rotary Camps & Services.
“We want to ensure that GOREC remains a thriving community resource that revels in its rich history and exciting future. With Jamie as the new director, the future is limitless for all to enjoy outdoor recreation and education opportunities,” says Rotary Camps & Services Board Chair Mark Newhouse.
Executive Director Becky Ewing sees great potential for growth with Jamie at the helm. “We are delighted that Jamie is able to join the staff at GOREC. His unique experience, love of the outdoors and proven track record make him a perfect choice to take GOREC to the next level.”
ABOUT JAMIE LEWIS HEDGES
Jamie is a leader who’s passionate about travel, nature, and outdoor education.
As a child, he wandered the woods of Indiana. Adventure called him from Hoosier corn rows across 48 of the United States. He lived in Florida, a cabin in the Cascade wilderness, the Sonoran Desert, a mud hut in Kenya. Travel has taken him to Canada, Vietnam, Mexico, and Ireland.
Proud of those who’ve mentored him along the way, he educated others in outdoor education. He’s led groups in the Pacific Northwest, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Columbian Amazon. What drives his aspirations is to help organizations benefit their community and environment. He’s worked in a home for adjudicated youth and an environmental education center.
Jamie moved to Michigan in 2016 after creating a campus outdoor education program in Arkansas. Eager to make a difference here, he’s applied his skills to digital marketing for area nonprofits.
Jamie brings his skills in nonprofit leadership, natural resource management, and outdoor education. His is a unique skill set that includes Leave No Trace, risk management, and team building. He has a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies in anthropology and natural resources. His bachelor’s degree is in outdoor recreation management.
He’s benefited from the Rotary and Scouts in the past. Jamie is so thrilled to carry on the tradition of service while increasing our benefit to youth and adults.