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Camp Fire at Night

Meet The Team



Michael Kingman is a current middle school math teacher at West Middle School in Traverse City, Michigan. He has been teaching math for the last 8 years, and before he moved to Traverse City, he worked for Orange County Public Schools in Central Florida. He loves sports and recreation; before teaching, he worked for the YMCA of Central Florida for 5 years leading aquatic programs and training a team of lifeguards and emergency responders. 

He holds Michigan and Florida state teaching certifications in both Physical Education (K-12) and Mathematics (5-9). He is currently earning his Masters in Education through Central Michigan University and expects to graduate in December, 2024. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Central Florida in Sport and Exercise Science.

When Michael is not teaching, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his three young children.


It takes a village to start a new camp. Our "village people" have wonderful qualifications that have helped bring this camp to life. 

Our Camp Development Team has had many contributors, including:

  • Amiee Erfourth, Superintendent of Benzie County Schools

  • Laura Kingman, Camp Licensee, who previously worked for The Walt Disney Company developing marketing campaigns, corporate partnerships, and curriculum for children's safety education worldwide. Laura also has experience managing a residential Girl Scout Camp, and as Visual Arts faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp.

  • Dana Tuller, President of Dedicated Early Childhood Consulting, LLC, a company which specializes in early childhood licensing and regulatory training compliance.

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