Don Schafer, Executive Director
After 17 years in a successful career in the for profit business world, Don joined Camptown in March 2004 as Executive Director. Prior to joining Camptown full time, Don worked with Camptown as a volunteer in a variety of roles. Don is a graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Marketing and Business Administration. Prior to joining Camptown he was a Regional Financial Officer for a large apartment real estate company. Don is trained as a Wilderness First Responder, is a certified instructor in Tandem Canoeing through the American Canoe Association and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Don has a passion for children and families and has worked with youth the past 30 years. Don has a love of the outdoors and enjoys fly fishing, camping, canoeing and biking.
Favorite Campsite: Shell Island, Boundary Waters MN
Cynthia Schafer, Program Support
Cynthia joined the Camptown staff as a volunteer in March of 2004 to provide administrative support and continue with development efforts. Since November 2005, Cynthia has been on staff providing grant writing and administrative support functions. She likes to say that she does everything from washing sleeping bags to writing grant proposals. Cynthia is a BSN graduate from Indiana University. Her nursing experience includes working at Wishard Health Services where she helped to manage the Inpatient Obstetrical Units until 1998, she worked as a school nurse for the Zionsville Schools and is currently working for IU Health as a Labor & Delivery Nurse. Cynthia is active in several ministry areas at her church. She loves hiking and spending time outdoors.
Favorite Hammock Spot: Rialto Beach Olympic National Park
Zach McNulty, Program Director
Zach joined Camptown in 2014. He graduated from Purdue in May of 2011 with a degree in Comparative Religions. He combined his love for ministry and service and worked as a youth pastor for three years. He grew up in Noblesville, IN where his parents instilled a deep appreciation for hunting, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. Zach is a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School’s “Rockies to Ecuador” semester leadership course; here he learned the value of using the outdoors to foster growth and self reflection. Zach is a Indiana Master Naturalist, trained as a Wilderness First Responder, and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. When Zach is not on the trail with Camptown, he is cheering on the Boilers with his wife Grace, son Ben, and their three dogs: Bruce, Lily, and Frank.
Favorite Camp Food: Ramen Bomb.
Trey Clayton, Program & CRUX Manager
Trey came to Camptown in 2016. After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Youth Ministry, he took over leadership of a summer camp near Lafayette, Indiana for four years. After leaving the world of residential camp, he wanted to continue to be part of outdoor facilitation. Trey has not discovered an unlikeable outdoor activity and loves teaching through the different challenges each brings to the table. His drive is to make everyone he meets successful in some way and is excited to be a part of Camptown’s goal of leading youth to a better path! In Trey’s down time he is usually found working on his cabin or on his quest to summit all of teh highest points in the US.
Favorite Peak: Guadalupe in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
Collin Emmert, Program Manager
Collin joined the Camptown staff in May 2019. After graduating from Hanover College with a degree in History, Collin worked for the Noblesville School Corporation as an Instructional Assistant and Coach. Growing up in Noblesville, Collin found the love for the outdoors through Boy Scouts. While in scouts, Collin has hiked in New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch and also hiked from the Antietam Battlefield to Gettysburg on the Appalachian trail. He has also earned the Boy Scouts highest achievement of Eagle Scout. When not at Camptown working with students, Collin spends his time playing Ultimate Frisbee and volunteering at his Church’s youth group.
Favorite Piece of Camping Equipment: His hammock, so he can relax in the evenings before meal preparation.
Emily Hake, Development Assistant
Emily joined Camptown in the spring of 2018. She graduated from Indiana University where she studied non-profit management through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Emily grew up in Fort Wayne, IN but traveled frequently developing a love for hiking, camping and driving through the mountains. After spending the last couple of years working with Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity, she was ready to make the move to Indianapolis. She is excited to help further the development of Camptown and become connected with the Indy community.
Favorite Day Hike: Little Devils Tower, Custer State Park, South Dakota