The people of Sun Valley Trekking are what set us apart. Each of us has extensive teaching and guiding experience, many with an advanced degree in a related field, and all with a deep love for what we do. Our mission is to share the joy of the outdoors while caring for the comfort and safety of our guests. All maintain current Wilderness First Responder and CPR/AED certifications have wilderness leadership and rescue training, and many years of teaching experience with both children and adults in the outdoors.
Below is a brief biography of each Camp Gimlet Staff member.
Patrick earned a B.A. from Johnson State College in Outdoor Education with a concentration in wilderness leadership and adventure education in 2004. His passion for teaching and sharing his love for the outdoors with kids started in New Hampshire at Camp Mi-Te-Na, a YMCA overnight camp for boys where he attended as a camper and counselor. During college, Patrick honed his skiing and climbing skills in the icy mountains of Vermont, and since then has been putting them to good use exploring the wild ranges of the world on his skis. Patrick has worked extensively as an instructor in therapeutic wilderness programs. Patrick’s insatiable stoke for the mountains is infectious and will surely add fun and adventure to any child’s experience with him in the lead.
Francie St. Onge
She completed a Bachelor of Science in Forestry-Resource Conservation at the University of Montana in 1995. Since then, she has guided wilderness expeditions for teens throughout the inter-mountain west and Alaska, Co-founded a winter environmental education program in Crested Butte, Colorado, and worked as a naturalist in Denali National Park. Francie completed an MS degree in Recreation Resources-Environmental Education at Utah State University. In 2009 Francie started the first Wolf-Ecology program based in Sun Valley. Chief guide for SVT’s Chix programs, Francie’s enthusiasm for wild places has a contagious effect on our guests. Francie runs the office operations for Sun Valley Trekking while guiding, training for x-c ski marathons and raising her beautiful little girls, Neve and Soleil.
Tom Boley grew up in Seattle in an active outdoor family, skiing, backpacking and climbing at an early age. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and went on to work around the country for several Outward Bound programs.
Following Outward Bound work, Tom spent 5 years applying adventure education to working with “at-risk” youth. This intensive work helped advance his facilitation, counseling, and team building skills.
In 1990 Tom moved to Sun Valley, Idaho to design and develop an extensive outdoor program for The Community School, a local private k-12 independent school. He operated climbing, backpacking, rafting, backcountry skiing and biking trips all over the Intermountain West for 18 years.
Kate pursued her passions for teaching, sailing, and snowboarding at the University of Vermont. She graduated in 2013 with a BS in Art Education, and moved to Idaho that summer for a job at Bellevue Elementary School. Raised in Ohio, Kate enjoyed both attending and eventually running a summer sailing camp on Put-in-Bay, an island in Lake Erie. In addition to sailing and snowboarding, Kate enjoys white water kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and exploring the beautiful landscapes our country has to offer. As an elementary school teacher, Kate works to inspire young artists to explore their own interests and become passionate about making art. When she is not teaching or playing outside Kate loves to paint and create.
New to Camp Gimlet, Emilee Mae grew up among the Mississippi muck in Northern Minnesota where she developed her love for outdoor rock climbing, camping, hiking and trail running. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Creative Writing and Nonprofit Organizations in 2015. She has worked on several high ropes courses, indoor rock climbing facilities and an outdoor therapeutic program.
Emilee Mae is currently the Director of The Drug Coalition, a nonprofit in Hailey, ID, and is a freelance writer.
Born in the Wood River Valley, Will Long has a lifelong passion for the outdoors whether on the skin track, the single track or with a heavy backpack. Will has worked as a private ski instructor, and as a Volunteer Primary and Secondary School Assistant, Kenya, Africa. Will spent three weeks working at a primary school outside of Nairobi at an all girls school in Kangundo. He was regularly involved in classroom activities and English language practice. Will created a fundraising campaign and produced a short film to support the girls school in Kangundo. Will is very enthusiastic about continuing his education, and hoping to eventually apply to medical school, PA school, or nursing school to study international care and wilderness medicine.
My name is Dane Thompson, I’m 19 and I have lived in the Wood River Valley all my life. I recently returned from 8.5 months of traveling and am attending Wesleyan University in CT this fall. I love the outdoors and it is my passion to share them with others. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder as well as a trained Red Cross lifeguard. I have experience working with kids as a Higher Ground Camp Counselor as well as a youth ski instructor. I am excited to work and share the things I love with Camp Gimlet!