We have been making camps happen for decades.
After being a camper for most of his childhood, Brady began working professionally in summer camps and retreats in 2001 and has never stopped. Starting with children’s summer camps, Brady moved up the ranks to Camp Director at both Camp Tawonga and Camp Galileo, two prestigious Bay Area summer camps.
After years of bringing connection, play, and joy to kids Brady worked with his friends to create Camp Grounded, one of the nation’s first summer camps for grown ups. Brady spent 5 years as one of the co-leaders of Camp Grounded, training staff and developing programming which combines the playfulness of childhood with the growing complexity of how to be a happy and fulfilled adult. This movement of connection is essential in our modern times, where digital communication is quickly replacing human contact and our lives are more and more defined by what we do, rather than who we are. To date Camp Grounded has held over 15 camps, in 4 cities across the country with over 4,000 grown up campers.
Brady is elated to have the opportunity to bring his 20+ years of summer camp experience to Custom Camps. As Camp Director, he has a knack for getting people on board. Camp is a wild ride and Brady’s constant enthusiasm keeps everyone engaged and connected from beginning to end.
Starting in high school Ben began taking classes of 5th and 6th graders (and their parents) on staffed and instructor led 3 day rock climbing campouts in the Tennessee crags. He later became a sea kayak guide on the South Carolina coast, guiding small groups deep into the salt marshes to view wildlife.
Ben went on to spend five years helping CouchSurfing.org grow to over 7 million users, raise $25 million in funding over two rounds, and relocate to San Francisco.
He since has run an online auction platform and escrow house where he has overseen hundreds of millions in auction revenue, and over $1B in escrow management.
Ben was also on the founding team for Camp Grounded, and ran production for camps on both coasts.
Ben is excited to be able to continue his tradition of spending summers at camp, and is building a sustainable model to support philanthropic giving as a part of getting people out to the woods.