Every year since 2011 Summer Camp has searched the country looking for a select few people worthy of the chance to play a bigger role with, and at, the festival. We believe that Summer Camp Music Festival is like a sleep-away camp for adults, and it wouldn’t function without our Camp Counselors!

Have a question, or just want to say ‘Hi’? Contact us!


Camp Counselor Ashlee

2018 Camp Counselor Ashlee Czapla (aka Lady Lavendeer) grew up in small town Lake Zurich, Illinois where her parents were the first people to introduce her to music and take her to her first festivals.

After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Journalism and a Minor in Business Marketing, Ashlee moved to San Diego to continue her career in marketing. Although she’s loving the sunshine, 2,000+ miles will never stop her from coming back for Summer Camp.

Camp Counselor Bailey
2015 Camp Counselor Bailey is a photographer and music enthusiast from Nebraska. She is passionate about supporting local live music and is fascinated by the music industry.

Camp Counselor Brandon
Hi, my name is Brandon Johnson. I’m a 22 year old senior at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville studying Political Science. I work as a freelance writer/photographer/videographer in my down time. 2017 marked my introduction into being a Summer Camp Counselor and I can’t wait to see how my favorite festival grows over the year.

Camp Counselor Derek
Counselor Derek has no shame in telling you that he has been to every SCamp. As the eldest of the counselors, they say in the off season during a full moon at Three Sisters Park you can hear his cry in the night, “Get off my lawn!” An Art Director from Chicago, he looks forward to many more years at camp. Get to know him better on the Summer Camp podcast!

Camp Counselor Eric
Camp Counselor Eric’s passion is capturing that one-of-a-kind festival vibe and once-in-a-lifetime music performances… and sharing them with you!

Camp Counselor JoJo
Camp Counselor JoJo is a photographer & private yoga instructor residing in Champaign-Urbana. Owner of Adventure Hart LLC, Billi Jo Hart Photography and private yoga studio/blog Sad Yogi Smiles. SCamp was her first music festival, and she looks forward to coming Home year round.

Camp Counselor Kayla
Camp Counselor since 2016 – Kayla is a professional photographer from Milwaukee specializing in concert (Emerald Elements Photo Co) & wedding photography (Emerald Tide Photography). You can catch her eating her way around the world searching for the best bennys & tacos – when she’s not at Summer Camp or chasing an epic show of course.

Camp Counselor Kevin
2015 Camp Counselor, Kevin Schwartz was born and raised in Wisconsin. He is a huge supporter of local music, searching for new music and bands in Milwaukee and the Midwest, and Umphrey’s Mcgee.

Camp Counselor Kyle
One of our 2013 Camp Counselors, Kyle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and loves filming concerts on his Canon 60D!

Camp Counselor Nick
Nicholas Stock was our first Camp Counselor starting in 2011. He’s been writing and sharing his perspective with Summer Campers ever since. Nick is married to an incredibly understanding and benevolent wife Amy; whom he met at a moe. show in Denver in 2009. They have a very happy and healthy boy named Charlie who has only been to a moe. show in utero. He is a published writer and photographer who currently contributes to Relix Magazine,, The Scene Magazine (Northern Colorado), The Campfire Blog, and several others. His full time gig is as a video producer for LandLeader a nationally distributed television show on high end real estate properties that are for sale from across the country. He freelances as a camera operator with eTown, The Boulder Theater, The Fox Theater, Colorado State University, The University of Colorado, The PAC 12 Network and various local bands and events in Colorado. His beard is noticeable from afar so if you see him at Summer Camp, come say hi.

Camp Counselor Niki
NYE, 2015. Chicago. It was midnight. My Prosecco was but an accessory to the slew of festival wristbands adorning my wrist, including the one from my first Summer Camp. As the balloons dropped, I vowed to see as many shows as possible in 2016 and downed my glass to seal the deal. 56 shows and 52 weeks later, I quit my job as an Elementary School Teacher to work on writing, photography, and social media full-time: so long Miss Graham, hello @Nikstagraham! Now, I write blogs and edit videos instead of lesson planning and I’ve replaced parent-teacher conferences with interviews and livestreams. Instead of class parties, I host gallery events and meet and greets at Grassroots Chicago. I’m the Social Media & Marketing Manager at Grassroots California and GRiZ’s Regional Liberator Leader of Illinois. I became a Summer Camp Counselor in 2019, the same year I got engaged at the Moonshine Stage. My SCamp contributions include a unique voice on the Campfire blog, festival photography, and social media coverage throughout the year. I’ll see you in Chillicothe, SCamp Fam! Cheers to 20 Years!

Camp Counselor Robert
Long time SCamper, first time counselor.

Camp Counselor Sasha
Sasha is an English-teaching, language-learning, jamband-following live music and travel junkie. He and his wife write about living abroad, long-term travel, and going on tour at Grateful Gypsies.

Thank You To Our Amazing Partners!

Founders Brewing Co.
Reditus Labs
Deep Eddy Vodka
Eagle’s Nest Outfitters
Cruise Beverage
Ground Score
Good Intentions
MI Kulture
Waz Shop
First Earth
Nomadic Movement