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Alpengirl camp founder and director

A-Girl

Real Name: Alissa Farley
Occupation: Camp Director and Founder; Alpengirl Camp
Aliases: Logistica, Phenom of Fun, Keeper of the C.A.P.E.
Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa
Age: 49

Known Superhuman Powers: When A-Girl is adorned with, as many superheroes are, a special instrument of inspiration; a cape, her natural capacity for spontaneous exuberance, creative visioning, organizational leadership and genuine caring go far beyond the range attainable by normal humans to reach superhuman strength levels. A-Girl utilizes the acronymical powers of the C.A.P.E. to impart a variety of abilities based on need. For instance, she may declare the cape for Courageous Animated Pursuit of Excitement or Conscientious Action to Prevent Emergencies or Concentrated Aura of Powerful Encouragement.

Abilities: A-Girl brings the fun and adventure of Alpengirl to life, her vigor and aptitude are evident in her management style and leadership development. She holds firm to qualifications and credentials that make Alpengirl Camp outstanding and sets the bar high for every trip leader. Her creativity strategy and skillful organization are evident in the essential details of camp logistics and meeting business critical needs and responsibilities that ultimately result in life-changing experiences that balance necessity of safety and desire for fun. With a thorough and profound application of coercive grins, spontaneous and exhilarating silliness - and a solid base of wisdom she is able to unveil hidden potential in Alpengirls and Alpenguides alike. Her sphere of inspiration, like the billow of her cape, is wide reaching - an exponential wave that CAN change the world - one girl at a time.

History: A-Girl was born and raised in the Midwest. She grew up playing organized sports and enjoyed instigating impromptu fun and seeking outdoor adventure with her sister and neighborhood friends in the surrounding landscape of woods, fields, quarries, lakes and hills. She was predisposed to the Rocky Mountain Region at an early age. During family ski trips, she listened to John Denver sing accolades to the Rockies …of climbing cathedral peaks and seeing silver clouds below. Drawn to the mountains, A-Girl attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where she skied, biked, hiked and played on the volleyball team and graduated with a biology degree in 1992.

After graduation, A-Girl worked in professional positions with Girl Scouts of Montana and California, Adventure Pursuits Colorado Teen Camp, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Expeditions MSU Outdoor Orientation, Sacajawea Middle School Volleyball, Earthtalk Studios Multimedia, MountainFit Hiking Company. A-Girl also continued to spend time adventuring outdoors and mentoring kids through youth home and big sister matching programs, ropes course facilitation, community service trips, wildlife monitoring assistantships, and troop activities.
 
In pursuit of a platform for her education, work experience, and passion for introducing kids (especially girls) to the great outdoors, A-Girl founded Alpengirl, Inc. in 1997 at age 27. Through the Alpengirl camp experience, A-Girl made it her goal to build girls self esteem and confidence while connecting them with the natural world and learning new skills. For several years A-Girl led all of the trips until the camp grew to offer multiple trips in a variety of locations all at the same time, then she focused fully on her role as Camp Director. To this day, A-Girl continues to personally scout each trip location checking for suitability for the girls and camp staff and she visits almost every Alpengirl group every summer and will assist the trip leaders with camp duties such as teaching girls campfire building or leading hikes to seek out adventure! Her favorite time at camp is 9:15 pm, a special time in summer when the landscape and sky has turned all shades of blue, girls and mentors are gathered around a campfire and laughter and camaraderie is seen, heard and felt and it’s understood, that this is the best place to be.

Alpengirl has been an accredited America Camp Association (ACA) camp since it’s beginning and A-Girl has served multiple terms on the ACA Evergreen board. A-Girl is holds current wilderness medical first aid and CPR certifications and in addition to donning a superhero cape, she also wears many hats! A-Girl has been creating adventure trips, designing camp programs, developing safety and risk management protocols, serving as camp registrar, hiring, training and supervising camp staff, writing website and marketing materials, budgeting and managing camp finances, maintaining insurance contracts and forest service permits and leading girls in outdoor pursuits at Alpengirl for the past 21 years.

Current Base & Operations: Manhattan, Montana. A-Girl can be found hiking, skiing, biking, practicing yoga, playing with her dogs, soaking in hot springs and traveling in wild places; basically expanding on her adventuring prowess!