Summer Ambassador Program Recap

Dear Academy families,

As I sit here thinking of what to write, the first thing that comes to mind is what everyone else has been saying. “Well… That went fast!”

August seemed years away when we were getting ready for camp in the beginning of June, and now that it’s over, I know the beginning of the upcoming Academy year will be here just as quickly. But first, a look back at the past two eventful months.

It’s been a special opportunity to have our students experience summer here in Oregon, as the weather is so drastically different from that of the school year. Days reaching the mid-90’s in temperature led to waterfall hikes, river swims, and plenty of cliff jumping thanks to the efforts of our amazing summer Life Coaches, Matt and Luc. We will miss them as they return to school and other endeavors in the fall, and wish them the very best.

On hill, our students got to swap out Gore-Tex jackets for t-shirts, and goggles for sunglasses. Our parks have been kept progressive and amazing from Day 1 Session 1, to last day on hill (fondly known as LDOH), Session 5. I’ve been able to go up and take photos of the kids a few times this summer and am always impressed with their talent. If you haven’t had a chance to watch any of the Session Recap videos online yet, I specifically recommend the Windells Session 4 video, as our Academy students have a large presence.

On the skate front, we’re excited to have Jamie and Donovan leading some new upgrades. Not only have they been taking students and campers to all of the best skateparks the Pacific Northwest has to offer, taking advantage of the amazing summer weather, but they’ve also been planning some big changes to BOB. Most notably, a project to swap the indoor wooden ramps for newly designed (by Jamie!) concrete features. We’re all stoked to see the final result. We will have two more sessions of skate-only camp taking place in August, if anyone is interested in attending.

Now that on-snow camp has come to an end, we hope you enjoy your time with your children until it’s time for school and training to start again. Look out for emails from Ann containing a welcome packet and more information leading up to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Best wishes,

Sarah Sherman
Program and Communications Manager


Student Life Update

Hello! Matt and Luc here, the Windells Academy Life Coaches for the summer. Matt is a snowboarder from New York, a recent graduate from the University at Buffalo where he studied Geology, Education, and Photography. Luc is a Michigan skier, currently studying French and Biology at Calvin College. This is our first time working here at Windells and we are stoked to have the opportunity to work with your kids.

It has only been two months, but we have managed to fill it up with a lot of unforgettable and rad experiences. From taking the kids cliff jumping, riding, skating, to more mellow activities such as card games, exploring Portland, going out to eat at fancy restaurants, and Academy talks. Over the summer we’ve developed connections with these awesome kids and we are really going to miss them.

A few memories that stand out, include impromptu rock paper scissors tournaments, late-night ukelele jam sessions and conversations about career and life goals. We hope your kids had as much fun as we did! We wish them the best of luck for this upcoming school year and in all of their life ventures.

-Matt Mark and Luc Selles,
Academy Summer Life Coaches