The success of any program depends on the quality of the staff. Our Woodruff Camp Staff has been selected based on their experience, training, ability to teach, love of Scouting, and a desire to make a lasting, positive impression on your Scouts and your Troop.
Each member of our 170 member staff team is important, and together we share the responsibility to carry on the great programs and service our camp (and camp staff) is known for. A great staff will deliver a great camp experience; the Woodruff staff is second to none!
Meet Your Leadership Team
Our Camp Director is Ted Vinson, a long-time Scoutmaster and Scouting volunteer in the Atlanta Area Council. He has served Scouting as an adult for over 50 years and was involved in the program as a youth.
Ted is the Scoutmaster of Troop 204 in Marietta, Georgia. He earned his Arrow of Light in Cub Pack 305 in Macon and earned his Eagle with 5 Palms in Troop 7. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow and was a member of the Echeconnee Lodge in Central Georgia where he served as Ordeal Master for several years, Lodge Secretary/Treasurer, and Lodge Chief. He received his Vigil in 1970.
As an adult, Ted has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 7 in Macon (1967-1971) and then in Troop 144 in Marietta from 1971-1973. He maintained his membership in Troop 144 while serving as an MP in Vietnam. In 1974, he became Scoutmaster of Troop 144 at Marietta First Baptist Church and served there until 1993. In 1994, Ted reinstated Troop 204 at Roswell Street Baptist Church. In 2014, Troop 204 changed to its new Chartering Institution, Maple Avenue United Methodist Church. From 1994 -2016, 88 young men have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Director of Camping
Matt grew up in Scouting and is an Eagle Scout. He began his professional career with the BSA in 2010 and served as Team Leader-Program Administration at the Philmont Training Center (PTC) from 2015 to 2017. At PTC, he has been responsible for providing 90 summer conferences on all aspects of Scouting working in partnership with the National Service Center. He also supervised the PTC second season program allowing councils and other groups come to Philmont to have a customized experience. Prior to his work at Philmont, Matt served on staff at Northern Tier High Adventure Base where he supervised their Canadian Operations in Atikokan, Ontario, and Bissett, Manitoba. While there, he worked heavily on upgrading their facilities and ensuring compliance with Canadian laws. Prior to working in Canada, he operated Northern Tier’s retail operations in Ely, Minnesota. Matt has also worked seasonally at Philmont, Florida Sea Base, and Northern Tier prior to joining the Boy Scouts full-time.
Matt is responsible for providing leadership and delivering excellence in the Council’s summer camp operations at Woodruff and Bert Adams Scout Camps, Allatoona Aquatics Base, the NYLT Program and various other outdoor programs. Matt leads several key committees and volunteers including the Camping Committee, Campership Committee, Order of the Arrow, Jamboree leadership team and High Adventure leadership team.
Director of Safe Scouting & Support
Jason Baldridge joined the Atlanta Area Council in June 2014 as the nation's first Safe Scouting Director. He began his Scouting career in June 2004 as a District Executive in the Pony Express Council, St. Joseph, Missouri. In June 2009, he was promoted to Program and Camping Director for the Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio. Active in Scouting as a youth, Jason earned his Eagle Scout rank and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
Jason is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a major in Park Management and Conservation. Jason and his wife Victoria have two young children, Aaron and Abby.
As Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Director, Jason assures compliance with BSA Membership Standards, Youth Protection policies and Safe Scouting Practices. Jason serves as the professional partner to the Youth Protection Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and the Training Committee.
Safe Scouting Director
Josh was a Scout and camp staff member in the Prairie Council headquartered in Davenport, Illinois. After honorable service in the US Army, Josh began his Scouting career in 2002 as a Camp Ranger at the Three Fires Council, St. Charles, IL. He joined the Atlanta Area Council in May 2014 serving as the Senior Ranger for the Bert Adams Scout Camp. In his time as Senior Ranger, Josh has elevated the customer service and guest experience at Bert Adams, formed the Bert Adams Support Society for volunteers who give service to the camp and has secured monetary and material resources as well as donated services to help advance our camp operations. Josh is a James E. West fellow and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
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