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Meet our Staff

Your first look at the amazing Rangers and staff that keep Camp Tanase going strong.


Our Rangers, Montgomery Bell State Park staff, and trained volunteers are our biggest pride and what makes Camp Tanase so special. Their experience, passion, and adventurous spirits inspire campers and foster a community unlike any other. Each camp counselor is paired up with ten campers on the first day of camp. The counselors will get to know each camper and look after them during cabin time and traveling to-and-from activities. Scroll down to meet a few of our Rangers that will be on staff this summer!

Hello! My name is Destiny and I am a Park Ranger at Montgomery Bell State Park! I love sharing my passion for conservation and the outdoors with park guests as a Tennessee State Park Ranger. I enjoy hunting and fishing with my husband and we are excited to introduce our son to the outdoors.  


If you could only choose one activity to participate in at Camp Tanase, which would you choose?



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Montgomery Bell State Park Ranger
Destiny Adcox
Heather Spiva
Tennessee State Parks Marketing

My name is Heather Spiva and I have worked for Tennessee State Parks for 4 years. I love being able to connect people with the outdoors-especially our beautiful Tennessee State Parks. In my free time I enjoy traveling, running, and being outdoors!


What inspired you to work for Tennessee State Parks?


Growing up my family and I spent a lot of quality time camping and adventuring at Tennessee State Parks. I always loved the programs that were done by the Rangers and I knew I had to do something like that when I grew up. I am so lucky to have the career I do and I hope Camp Tanase sparks the love for the outdoors in our campers!

Hello, My name is Mark Houston.  I work at Cumberland Mountain State Park.  I enjoy all sporting activities including hiking, water sports, and mostly basketball.


What are you looking forward to most at Camp Tanase?


I look forward to spending many hours educating campers and learning from the amazing rangers who will attend the camp.  The activity that I look forward to most would be the campfire sessions.  I want to tell ghost stories and hear the tales from everyone at the camp.  

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Mark Houston
Cumberland Mountain State Park Ranger
Hobart Akin
Tennessee State Park Historian

My name is Hobart and I am the Historian for Tennessee State Parks. I love learning and teaching others about the rich history of Tennessee! I'm excited about sharing my passion for history with all our campers this summer. A fun fact about me is, that I am a nationally ranked atlatl thrower!


What was your favorite part about summer camp when you were a kid?


My favorite part about summer camp was the time spent around the campfire. Often we would tell stories and sing as lighting bugs filled the night sky. 

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