COMM in Common: Kelly Rossebo

Lellie.pngCOMM Graduate Kelly Rossebo is leading the way and making her own path.

As Founder and Director of Camp Eagle Ridge – the boys’ and girls’ leadership camp – Kelly knows a thing or two about taking care of business. After graduating with an Organizational Communication emphasis, Kelly found her passion in the world of camping.

Now in her 23rd year of running Camp Eagle Ridge, Kelly Rossebo has become a household name. When Camp isn’t in season, she lives in Richfield, Wisconsin with her husband and four children. She is a spokeswoman for the American Camping Association. Despite having several certifications, awards and TV appearances – including Oprah – under her belt, Kelly’s greatest achievements are her family, and creating Camp Eagle Ridge.

One thing about your career:  I do what I do to improve the lives of children. Every child deserves the chance to be heard and be a leader. It’s amazing to see my campers transform from shy little kids to confident young adults. I love my job; it’s the best in the world!

One thing about your family:  I have four kids – 17, 19, 21 and 25 – and they’ve all been at and worked at camp – except Kareena as she’s not old enough to work there yet – I’ve been married to my fantastic husband and partner for seven years, and he’s also been an integral part of camp ever since we met. We also have two great dogs, Indy and Willow, who love camp just as much as the kids!

One thing about your dreams:  I’m really happy with how my life and work have been going so far. One thing I’m working towards right now is building a new lodge at the camp. I’ve run into a lot of obstacles so far, but I’m not going to let that stop me. I definitely will be relieved and overjoyed when it’s finally completed.  

If I had to do it all over:  I wouldn’t do anything differently; I love how my life is and I love the people who are in it. I’ve been truly blessed to find a job that continues to let me grow and challenge me. We shouldn’t live in the past, and all we can do is keep moving forward. I’m happy as long as I can continue to offer children a place to grow, learn and become leaders.

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