YOUR ADVENTURE SPECIALISTS

W.E.U has been leading in the field of adventure education, swim & scuba instruction, outdoor recreation, and worldwide travel since 1982!

 

Wilderness Experiences is a family business, fueled by passion and a genuine love for what we do.

Great kids and great families make what we do easy and fun.

Meet Our Family

Aubrey (Cook) Senterfitt

Executive Director, Swim & Scuba Instructor

 

Aubrey grew up living, playing and leading in the great outdoors. For her Wilderness Experiences was never a hobby or a job, it was always her families lifestyle. Aubrey moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue triathlons, her new passion, there she earned her professional racing license. After 4 years of racing around the world Aubrey found herself back in Western Massachusetts. Her passion for leading kids in the outdoors took over, and now Aubrey is stepping into new shoes at WEU to run the family business. She is growing her big vision for summer camp, new aquatic programming. Aubrey is a NAUI Scuba Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Wilderness EMT, Lifeguard, Kayaking Instructor, USAT Triathlon Coach, Level II Ropes Course Facilitator, and is always ready for adventure!

Favorite Quote 

“She realized at a young age that she cared deeply for those close to her, but she had to live for herself…and she did amazing things”

Favorite Place to Dive 

Darwin and Wolf islands in the Galapagos

Dogs Name 

Deely

World's Best Whitewater 

El Toro, Costa Rica or the Cheat in West Virginia

Coffee

Yes, please.

Learn Something New 

Continue learning to Snowboard!

Ethan Senterfitt

Leadership Staff, Sailing Captain, and Swim Instructor

Ethan learned to walk on a sailboat and first came to WEU as a camper when he was just ten years old. He used the rock climbing skills he learned at camp to become director of climbing for his university's outdoor club. He used the white-water kayaking skills he learned to become interim manager of a whitewater rafting outfit on the Deerfield River. He's been a sailboat captain in the Virgin Islands and snowboard instructor in Colorado and Vermont. Whether he's currently employed as your adventure guide or just on vacation from an engineering job, he's always happy to help any way he can.

Favorite Quote 

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure”

Coffee 

Black

Favorite Adventures 

Kite Surfing, Snowboarding, Sailing, SCUBA diving, Rock Climbing, and Kayaking

Dog

Deely

Learn Something New 

Paragliding

Sam Power

Swim Instructor & Summer Camp Staff

 

Sam began with WEU when she was 12 years old. Over the years she has filled the roles of Camp Staff, OWL, Lifeguard, Program staff and Swim Instructor. She graduated from Westfield State University With a degree in History and a license to teach Secondary Education. She is currently working in the West Springfield School system and loves teaching swim lessons and helping to run programs here with us. Sam's involvement in WEU continues to grow and we wouldn't know where we'd be without her. 

 

Favorite Quote 

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” 

Dogs Name 

Maisy

Coffee

Is always a good idea!

Favorite things to do outside

Kayaking and climbing

T. Scott Cook, PhD

Founder. Head Janitor. Adventurer Extraordinaire.

 

Scott has degrees in Recreational Leadership and Outdoor Adventure from Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts. He currently teaches in the Movement Science Department at Westfield University  as a professor in the Outdoor recreational leadership program. Scott has his master degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and his doctorate in Leadership Development in Adventure Education. He also has finished his book Outdoor Leadership ~ “The Noble Gift”!

Scott is a NAUI SCUBA Course Director, ACA canoe and kayak instructor. He currently holds certificates in and is an instructor trainer for the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, CPR, Wilderness First Aid and AED training. He brings more than 40 years experience with him, teaching all ages, levels and abilities. His passion is teaching and the sharing of his knowledge of the Outdoors. Scott has worked in the Special Education field for more than 25 years. He is the man behind the magic, and proof that when big dreams combine with hard work the world can change.

Favorite Quote 

“It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how” 

Favorite place to dive 

Maldives

Dogs Name 

Lovey

Coffee

Black

Learn Something New 

Stain Glass Making

Laura Cook, RN, BS

Swim Instructor, Travel Consultant

 

Laura has degrees in Animal Science and Nursing from Holyoke Community College. She continued her nursing education at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a surgical registered nurse for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield since 1985. Her specialty is pediatric orthopedics. Laura recently retired from Shriners Hospital after more than 29 years of practice.

Laura is a NAUI divemaster and is a certified AEA Water Aerobics instructor. She currently holds certificates in Kick boxing, Hatha Yoga, Aquatic kick boxing, Life guarding, Water Safety instructor, Sports Nutrition, and Holistic Health Consultation. She is a Red Cross instructor in CPR, AED and First Aid. Laura is also a WSI  instructor trainer  for the American Red Cross.

Favorite Quote 

“If you haven’t traveled you are only on page one in the book of life” 

Favorite place to dive 

Maldives & Bonaire

Dogs Name 

Lovey

Coffee

Nope. Peppermint tea, please.

Learn Something New 

Playing the Piano

Caitlyn Feeley

Swim Instructor 

 

Caitlyn started at WEU just this year, and it already feels like she has been a part of our family for years. Caitlyn's outgoing personality makes it easy for her swim students to quickly relate and enjoy her energy. Caitlyn is currently a student at Holyoke Community College earning her associates in communications, she then plans to transfer to Westfield state university to earn a bachelors. In her spare time, you can find Caitlyn Irish step dancing, riding horses, swimming , or playing soccer for HCC. 

Favorite Quote 

“She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings.” -Atticus 

Horses Name 

Finnigan (Finn)

Coffee

Iced and black (but kombucha tastes better)

Favorite things to do outside

Hiking and Biking

Learn Something New

Development of leadership skills

 

WE BELIEVE ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

  1. Experience the natural world to the fullest extent possible

  2. Learn through sight, sound, touch, and smell

  3. Receive affection, caring, and understanding

  4. Ask questions and have them answered honestly and fairly

  5. Speak their own thoughts in their own way

  6. Love and be loved

  7. Accept defeat without humiliation in a safe, supportive atmosphere

  8. Feel and share the thrill of success

  9. Take pride in themselves

  10. Have the opportunity to learn to share and trust through group cooperation and teamwork

A Note From W.E.U. Founder

Nature has the power to open the hidden door to one’s soul. Through the ages, it has left its lasting imprint upon those who have dared to explore its fantasy. As a young boy, I fell under Nature’s magical spell. Ever since I’ve wanted to lead others into the wilderness so that they might discover the joy and sense of belonging that can stay in one’s heart for a lifetime. That’s what Wilderness Experiences Unlimited Summer Camp is all about. It’s the culmination of my lifetime dream to introduce young people to outdoor surroundings and activities that foster love and respect of the outdoors, and bond kindred spirits. It’s a place where young people can begin their own personal journey to self-discovery and growth. When campers leave us at the end of each session, we hope that they take with them happy memories, a sense of accomplishment, and something more- a lasting desire and willingness to explore all possibility…

Safe Adventures,
T. Scott Cook, PhD.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"WEU has been a part of our family for over 20 years. My brother went to camp there when he was young, and he credits WEU for giving him some of the confidence and experiences to be the outstanding guy that he is today. Now, my own children are attending WEU day camps and are being taught to swim by the amazingly talented and caring staff at WEU. My children, too, are growing into confident and strong critical thinkers who seek information and use the resources around them as they are guided by the personalized encouragement from the WEU team. All while having a blast! And the best part is, my kids get to share this experience across a generation with their Uncle. WEU has become an integral part of our family, and we couldn’t be any more pleased with every experience and interaction we have with WEU."

— Lindsey Casey,

Mom of 3 WEU campers and swimmers

Wilderness Experiences Unlimited

CONTACT

526 College Hwy/P.O. 265 Rt.10 & 202

Southwick, MA 01077

T: 413-569-1287

E: campweu@gmail.com

 

© 2018 Wilderness Expeditions Unlimited

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NOVEMBER Front Desk Hours

We are a small family-run business and appreciate your patience in our limited desk hours.

Thursdays Nov 14th & 21st Only:

2:30pm-6:30pm 

Saturdays:

8:00am - 12:00pm

Email is often best to reach us in between open hours

campweu@gmail.com

Wilderness Experiences Unlimited