Who We Are

The people power behind IBC


Founder & Executive Director, IBC

Mat first created  Mountain Adventure Tours and went on to found its parent organization, Idaho BaseCamp.  From its earliest years to the present days, he continues to remain at the forefront of IBC, committed to its evolution and growth. On any given day, you can find him at camp drop-off giving high-fives to campers, working in the office, or most likely up at the Big Lost Campus! 

Office Administrator, IBC & Director, MAT

Joelle is the glue that holds it all together by making sure that MAT and other IBC programs run smoothly throughout the year. She joined the team in 2003 and has since become synonymous with a sense of peace and comfort for all parents signing their kids up to camp. Joelle helps guide the direction of M.A.T. to best represent IBC’s mission.

Program Director, IBC

Whitney handles all the goings-on across IBC, and makes sure that there are amazing visual memories each week of MAT as the camp’s Video Director. Although her love for adventuring with kids has now manifested into her life as a mother, you can still catch her leading a camp or two during the summer, and on the frontlines organizing new and exciting programs for IBC.

Board of Directors

Board Director

“My kids started at Mountain Adventure Tours (MAT) when they were tiny and it changed the course of their lives and ours…in the best way possible.  Their summer days were spent in the river, on the mountain, laughing, learning and connecting into a new community.  Coming from Los Angeles, this was their bridge to the outdoors that gave them experiences that would have never filled their lives and minds. I became a believer and brought in anyone to Mountain Adventure Tours who would listen.  As the organization grew I championed efforts. Both kids have grown from campers to CITs to Counselours – this led to their decision that Sun Valley was their home and they wanted to become boarding students at Community School. My husband and I commute between LA and Sun Valley – where I run a Marketing and Public Relations agency.  I am dedicated to sharing the magic of IBC and MAT with as many kids as possible.  When kids have the opportunity to get outside and be kids – great things happen.”


“Originally from Australia and now living in Sun Valley Idaho with my family, I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my professional life previously co-founder of the women’s activewear brand Vie Active and now as co-founder of The Nook Online. I’m really excited to help propel Idaho Base Camp to the next level. As a mother of two daughters, we love the safe and secure community-oriented approach that Mountain Adventure Tours brings to giving our kids a wholesome outdoor experience. I’ve seen an increase in grit and resilience as well as empathy and independence from both of my girls since they’ve been going to camp. Whenever I pick them up from camp they are covered in dirt and beaming from ear to ear!”
“I grew up on the east coast in the only family on the block who had a garden and who took camping trips during the summer.  Though I didn’t know it yet, life out west was calling to me.  I have always felt a closeness with nature and the outdoors and I was thrilled to be welcomed into the IBC family back in 2010.  Idaho BaseCamp has been a centerpiece of my young adult life – it has been the place for me to learn what my leadership is, to learn what it means to truly trust myself and others, to learn to witness and observe how the world around me changes and how I change or stay the same in relation to it.  IBC is a place where I have found the most peace out of anywhere else in my memory.  I’ve watched hundreds of children and adults experience their own growth and bliss over the past decade and I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this organization.”

MAT Camp Staff

Staff Director, MAT

Jessie is M.A.T.’s Staff Director. Part of the camp crew since its inception in 1998, she holds a Master Degree in Special Education and is a Certified Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. Jessie keeps her eyes and ears open for people who are a perfect fit for our values and culture, training and mentoring them throughout the summer to bring out the best in themselves, the unique M.A.T. way!

Senior Counselor

Jesse has been with the M.A.T. staff for over a decade. He has a Masters in Education and brings invaluable knowledge of outdoor adventure to each and every adventure, playing a strong role as a leader to new Staff members and a guide to all campers!

Senior Counselor

Born and raised in Sun Valley, Illiah has been a part of Mountain Adventure Tours for fifteen years as both a camper and now a Lead Counselor, striving to bring the true “Enviro-tainment” spirit to every camp he runs! During the off months,  Illiah works at Hailey Elementary School and spends his free time skiing, mountain biking, and enjoying life.

Senior Counselor

Kevin brings six years of experience to M.A.T as a Lead Counselor! When not heading into the Idaho wilderness with vans full of campers, he works in the classroom as a Special Ed teacher at the Wood River Middle School. Originally from Oregon, Kevin loves skiing, cooking, and photography.

Lead Counselor

Dayle grew up in Massachusetts and found her way over to the M.A.T. team with a lucky Google search. She has a Masters in Human Development and has been working in outdoor education for 7+ years. After just one summer Dayle fell in love with everything Idaho has to offer and cannot wait to be back for the 2020 summer!

Lead Counselor

Having grown up in Idaho, Nico is also a fly-fishing guide for Lost River Outfitters right here in Ketchum. He says, “I am truly blessed because I have the ability to be outside all summer and spend time with some great co-counselors and some bad-ass kids! Looking forward to the 2020 camp season!

Junior Counselor

Born in Santa Monica, CA, Eden spent her childhood coming to Sun Valley, and made it official by moving here two years ago. She is involved in IBC’s After-School program and in the summer, she’s always the first one to jump in the river! Eden cannot wait for for her 12th year of camp. In her words: “There is no camp without the AMP!!”

Junior Counselor

Jake Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He is no stranger to to M.A.T., having been part of Mountain Adventure Tours here for 11 years, both as a camper and now a counselor! When not in school, he is working on-screen and off-stage as an actor. You may see him on the big screen soon, but in the meantime, you’ll definitely see him this summer!