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.

Who We Are Today

Camp Directors John & Susan Battye still lead each program and oversee every element~ but are now supported by a broad community of amazing people, including:

 

  • A full summer leadership team of 18 experienced counselors– teachers, parents, and young leaders- plus seven interns, who all strive to make a difference for kids in our community and to make a lasting mark on a program they know and love.  Several of these amazing leaders help out during the after school program as needed.

 

  • More than 85 CITs per year who learn to manage themselves while guiding others and making lasting friendships with peers through our after school, summer camp, after hours and volunteer programs.

 

  • Loads of supportive parents who donate their time and energy in ways that make a big difference- like helping us transport kids from Little Harbour School to the after school program, leading games during family  game nights, supplying special snacks for summer CITs, and sending in containers, cardboard, and other random items as needed to support kids’ creativity at camp.

 

  • More than a dozen local restaurants and celebrated chefs also understand the value in our programs! They love the opportunity to provide positive experiences to kids in their areas of expertise-  food preparation and cooking, menu and meal development, business creation and management, and proper techniques for hosting guests in warm and welcoming ways.

 

  • One year round employee to support all back-end business functions so they can put their primary focus on making rich experiences and adventures for everyone involved in the program.

Meet Our Team

John Battye

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 ranging in age from 16-26.

Susan Battye

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.

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Kaarin Milne

Operations Director

Kaarin has a Masters in Business Administration with extensive marketing and organizational development experience. She supports all business areas including marketing, communication, technology, accounting, development, and programming.
She believes Planet Rangers delivers immeasurable value to kids and families and is committed to ensuring it’s longevity.
As a Leadership Team member, she loves serving campers, CITs, interns and other developing leaders, meeting them where they are and helping them build a range of skills that can get them where they aim to be. Kaarin is CPR and first aid certified for children and adults. She and Todd have three kids who are growing up through Planet Rangers programs.

Summer Rangers Leadership Team

Lindsey

LINDSEY NELSON

Lindsey is a teacher who considers herself pretty crafty.  She can help you make almost anything you imagine!

Sam

SAM PANEK

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

Emily

EMILY BATTYE

Emily loves games and helping kids enjoy themselves.  If you’re feeling nervous about something, she’ll teach you how to chase your worries away!

Grady

GRADY SAVAGE

Grady loves improv, big ideas and ridiculous jokes!  If you have a role to play, ask her for tips on how to make it memorable!

Phin

PHIN SAMDPERIL

Phin loves puns of all types and talking about things you imagine.  If you want to tell someone a joke or story- he wants to hear it!

Nikki

NIKKI SAVRAMIS

Nikki is a graphic designer and a big kid at heart who dreams up fantastical ideas to immerse kids in another world!

Becky

BECKY FOWLER

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

Natalie

NATALIE DEVITO

Natalie loves a challenge whether it’s busting a bank robber or helping you discover your own hidden super powers.

Claudia

CLAUDIA GROLEAU

A Summer Rangers veteran who loves helping others and making this summer fun for everyone!

Hannah

HANNAH TAYLOR

Hannah is ready for any adventure.  She can’t wait to share one with you!  She loves to cook and to hear all about your big ideas! 

Noah

NOAH ROBIE

When Noah’s not reading, writing, playing piano, singing, or baking, he’s honing his Harry Potter impressions.  (His Professor McGonagall one is pretty good.)

Julie

Julie Parker

Julie is an artist who draws her inspiration from nature.  She gets her ideas from stepping outside and anything that flies.

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