Planet Rangers’ Story

 

It all began when John & Susan Battye wanted to make afternoons rich and meaningful for their youngest children, Jenny and Emily. They created Planet Rangers’ first adventure which set off from their dining room attended by just six kids. But word spread and more wanted to join the fun. These kids were hungry for what they found at Planet Rangers after school—a safe place to be themselves, a community of engaged peers, healthy role models, and numerous opportunities to explore, learn, and grow. Soon, they wanted even more… which led to the creation of Summer Rangers camps, enabling year round adventures for all.

 

Today, a large dynamic community of families from across the Seacoast use Planet Rangers as healthy complement to school, home, sports, music and clubs. Whatever the season, kids love being part of the story as they learn through adventure, express creativity, explore other cultures and practice life skills and leadership among a mixed-age group of friends. They relish the opportunity to share what they’ve learned with family and friends during each session’s finale event. Many kids stay with our programs for years, growing from camper to CIT to intern while accepting age-appropriate challenges and responsibilities from 2nd to 12th grade and beyond. Planet Rangers, and the friends they make here, are a positive constant throughout their childhood and teenage years.

Summer Rangers Leadership Team

1-JOHN

John Battye

Camp Director

John has a Master’s degree in elementary education and has been a teacher for 23 years. He’s a camp mentor, a parent educator and has way more energy than normal humans. There is nothing he’d love more than to be 9 years old again and he makes it his mission to bring social learning, community building and adventure together to create a program where kids feel safe, known and motivated to get passionate about the things that interest them. John is on the same page with kids and that connection is based on a high level of mutual respect and shared joy. He in fact holds several playground records for paddle ball, real life Temple Run, and four square. John is CPR and first aid certified for children and adults and has four kids of his own.

2-SUSAN

Susan Battye

Camp Director

Susan draws on a variety of experiences in her role as creativity maven with the Planet Rangers and Summer Rangers programs. In addition to a marketing and training director, she’s been the director of a large commercial kitchen, a creative writing teacher, senior staff at a performing arts camp, director of an elementary theater program and the mother of four delightful children. Her degree is in psychology, which turns out to equip her well in the art of fostering happy campers. Susan is passionate about expanding kids’ horizons, whether by introducing dried squid snacks or determining how best to create a minotaur’s maze with cardboard boxes and duct tape. Susan is CPR and first aid certified for children and adults and is Servsafe certified by the National Restaurant Association.

3-GRADY

Grady Savage

Year Round Leader

A Bennington College graduate, Grady studied both theatre and education before jumping into the camp world — and she’s been right at home there ever since! Serving at times as a leadership team member, CIT liaison, and camp director, she brings 15+ years of experience to the Planet Rangers arena. Alongside a love of the arts herself, Grady’s passionate about helping kids build confidence by stepping out of their comfort zones and learning just how much they really are capable of! She’s also a stepmom of an awesome teenager, mom of a rambunctious toddler, and CPR & First Aid Certified.

4-NIKKI

Nikki Savramis

Year Round Leader

Our camp Creative Director is a graphic designer and a big kid at heart who dreams up fantastical ideas to immerse kids in another world! Nikki’s Hartford Art School BFA has led her to many stops along her journey to Planet Rangers—senior art director at Business NH Magazine; sole proprietor of Good Idea Design; substitute art teacher for Dondero Elementary; and years of themed-birthday parties for her son Reno, cap off a constant love of art and kids. And it wouldn’t be a normal day at camp without Nikki in character and sporting a mustache!

Summer Rangers Leadership Team

Sam P.

Sam Panek

Sam has amazing levels of creativity and energy and can get anything done with style! Team up with her to use your powers for the greater good!

Becky

Becky Rudolf

When she isn’t teaching first graders, Becky loves to act on stage, wear costumes, coordinate her earrings with a theme, and read!

Mike

Mike Ferguson

Mike taught middle and high school for 26 years and currently coaches athletes. He’s full of good, healthy high energy and kids just love him!

Silvia

Silvia Yardino

A returning staffer, Silvia is Queen of the Kitchen at Summer Rangers. She’s lived all over the world, LOVES to teach kids new skills and brings her non-stop positive energy to camp.

Phin

PHIN SAMDPERIL

Phin loves puns, rhymes, and writing this bio. If you want to talk about something really obscure that nobody understands but you, he wants to hear it!

Zeph

Zeph Samdperil

The energetic and fun-loving Zeph is super excited to be part of the Summer Rangers team this summer. He actually did come here to make friends.

Maia

Maia Siden

For Maia, Planet Rangers is the place where she got to step out of her comfort zone and enjoy the great things that followed. Maia dances through her days and loves to laugh.

Sam R.

Sam Robie

Sam is a quick-thinking, confident leader who can help anyone learn the ropes at camp. If you have any moments of uncertainty, check in with Sam—he’ll set you on the right path!

Clara

Clara Daw

An accomplished junior chef, Clara also loves to ski and hopes to be a doctor someday. She’s a whirlwind during chef weeks and loves to help kids learn to cook.

Natalie

Natalie Devito

A long-time Planet Ranger, Natalie loves a challenge whether it’s busting a bank robber or helping you discover your own hidden super powers.

Isabella

Isabella Parisi

A social butterfly and scientist, Isabella’s got great people skills and is able to talk and relate to anyone, from camper to counselor. Join her for a chat!

Addy

Addy Derhammer

An artist at heart, Addy makes her own jewelry, whips up craft projects and likes all kinds of music. A lifeguard skilled at keeping others safe, she loves to swim!

Sofia

Sofia Seibert

Sofia thanks her lucky stars for the people she meets at camp. A Wildcat skier, world traveler and handstand pro, Sofia helps kids be their best selves all summer long.

Kayla

Kayla Chamberlin

From camper to counselor, Kayla’s met loads of great people at Planet Rangers. She REALLY loves the beach and can be found there whether sunny or snowing.

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