Dakota Ward
Program Director
Andy Hudak
Executive Director
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Camp Staff:

Camp Whitewood's Staff is a closeknit group of unique, camp-loving individuals dedicated to bringing you the very best in camping. Folks agree when they see the staff together they function like a happy family. When you visit Camp Whitewood be sure to stop and talk to each of the staff members; of course, that isn't hard to do when they are all so friendly!




Andy enjoys living the 4-H Motto, “To Make the Best Better” with every aspect of Camp Whitewood. Andy started working in the camping field at 15 years old. He has worked at 4-H and other camps on the east and west coasts. His experience running expedition programs, working with local park departments, and OSU extension have provided the broad set of experiences he brings to camp. Always striving to find balance in this position, Andy enjoys every aspect of making Camp Whitewood great. Whether he is working to improve programming, updating facilities, working with staff, or driving the office desk, Andy is ready for the challenges and fun that come with life at camp.

As a father of four, Andy and his family call Camp Whitewood home. Together they enjoy being stewards of the camp while raising their many pets. When they are not roaming the woods of camp, they can be found hiking and biking local trails or kayaking and sailing on Lake Erie.

Andy looks to develop and strengthen relationships with schools and other user groups as well as provide leadership to the 4-H summer camping program at 4-H Camp Whitewood. Andy will continue to foster strong relationships and work to actively engage new dynamic programs and events at Camp.

Dakota has attended Camp Whitewood since he was a little kid. He worked his way through the Camp Whitewood family to become a counselor, part-time staff, and now full-time staff. Some of Dakota’s roles in the past have been Shooting Sports Instructor, Nature Coordinator, Boating Instructor, Lifeguard, and the Programming Assistant. Not including the years Dakota was a camper, he has been in the camping world for 7 years. 


When talking to Dakota he said that camp has taught him so many valuable lessons that he used in his life to succeed. Becoming a part of the Camp Whitewood staff allows him to give back to the community that has helped him become the person he is today. He enjoys teaching the youth about the great outdoors and sharing his awesome experience with the world. 


He recently graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. This knowledge is very helpful for planning and running outdoor education activities. In his free time, he coaches wrestling and track for a local school, and helps support the local 4-H by having an active role as a shooting sports club advisor. 


If he is not at camp, you can find him camping in a tent or fishing in a pond. Join him at camp for a fun-filled educational experience that you will never forget!

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Brad Steinhagen
Maintenance Director
Lena Kempf
Head Cook
Lena Kempf
Head Cook

Brad was born and raised in the Cleveland area. After graduating from Midpark High School, he immediately began to work in the Landscape Construction industry. He has over 25 years of experience in maintenance, construction and installation, including  winning an award for Quality and Craftsmanship as the Project Foreman from the Ohio Landscape Association. 

As the Maintenance Director, Brad is excited to update and maintain the Camp Whitewood Campus for the campers giving them an amazing experience.


During the camping season, Lena works an average of 13 hours/day to make sure our campers are fed.  In 2015 she and her cooking staff served over 35,000 meals!  From homemade granola bars and chocolate chip cookies to homemade broasted chicken and spaghetti with meatballs, you are sure to leave the Dining Hall full and happy!