Staff Spotlight – Forest Lemon

I grew up in the Pineywoods of East Texas in an off the grid home over a mile from the nearest telephone pole. I was raised to appreciate the outdoors and owned my own canoe paddle when I was 5 years old. I was too young to remember my first overnight canoe trip, but my parents tell me that it was a 5 day trip on the Rio Grande river below Big Bend National Park. Since then I have traveled around the US paddling on lakes and rivers, backpacking, fishing, climbing, and camping. The outdoors is one of my biggest passions. 
Since the age of 15 I have spent my summer working at outdoor camps through Stephen F. Austin State University in my hometown and through the Boy Scouts where I had the opportunity to be a camp counselor in Texas and a canoe guide Canada. I love sports, and fishing is my favorite hobby. I am an engineering student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where I love to go hiking and fishing in my spare time.
More About Forest
Your three favorite movies of all time: The old Star Wars Trilogy, A Knights Tale, and Django Unchained.

What is your dream job: Fishing Guide in Alaska or Australia

Best place you’ve ever traveled to: The Crow Land of Ontario Canada

Favorite cartoon character: Tom for Tom and Jerry

If you could have lunch with any two people, dead or alive, who would they be?: Bill Dance and Bill Nye the Science Guy

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?: The Outdoor Pursuits Director At Stephen F. Austin State University, and I applied because I have a passion for the North Woods and love to teach and learn through the outdoors

What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held?
: I’ve worked at a silkscreen t-shirt shop, I have been a farmhand on an organic chicken and cattle ranch, and I worked at Advanced Auto Parts.

What did you do last summer?
: Last summer I was a canoe guide in Canada for the Boy Scouts of America

What, if any previous camp experiences have you had?: I worked as a Lifeguard and counselor at a day camp in my hometown, I was a Merit Badge teacher at two Boy Scout Camps, and worked at Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Canada.