When Doug "Bald E" Cembellin founded uCamps in 2003, he was fulfilling a lifelong dream of merging the worlds of athletics, outdoor adventure, and the arts in one unforgettable experience. He's dedicated to promoting healthy living, bringing people together for fun and artistic expression, and to giving children and young adults the gift of self-confidence and community. Bald E's philosophy is that all people are the same on the inside. By keeping this in mind, we can be more understanding, forgiving, patient, accepting, and loving. This philosophy is at the core of all uCamps programs.
Bald E has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting and Directing and has performed, directed, and produced throughout the Bay Area, across the United States, and in Europe. He began teaching special education in 1997, worked as a Jr. High School drama teacher for three years, and taught English in China. He's also worked as a counselor at a group home for troubled youth, and as a Site Coordinator for a series of after-school programs in Los Angeles.
In 2008, he traveled to Europe, Africa, and South and Central America in an effort to gain more global perspective, and in Fall 2009, Bald E began an MFA program at the prestigious USC film school in Los Angeles, where he graduated in May 2012 with an MFA in Cinema Production. While in school, Bald E directed the documentary short film ‘Cyberbullied’ which premiered in December 2011. Bald E has also been the development editor for Undertow Films in Los Angeles, as well as a Jr. Editor on AMC’s ‘Game of Arms.’
When he's not running uCamps, Bald E is teaching film at Diablo Valley College and exploring the outdoors. His passion for the arts, outdoors, and promoting acceptance will continue to grow as he supports California youth, teens, and young adults for years to come!
Jasmine "Ember" Woodall was hired as our uCamps Administrative Director in June of 2018 after graduating from CSU Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education. She's the first Administrative Director to be hired from outside of uCamps, as she didn't participate in any of the programs as a camper, but she quickly proved herself to be an integral part of the uCamps Family!
During her time at CSU Stanislaus, Ember participated in both university choirs (as the Assistant Director in her later years), Opera Scenes, the CSU Stanislaus NAfME and ACDA Chapters, as well as the Secondary Instrument Ensemble. She also worked as the Music Department Office Assistant, Recruitment Coordinator, and Concert Coordinator, which aided in her developing the administrative and event coordination skills required to properly serve uCamps.
When she's not busy with uCamps, Ember works as an Usher Supervisor for Modesto's Gallo Center for the Arts. She looks forward to growing with uCamps in the coming years, as she furthers her skillset and supports the arts in the Central Valley and Bay Area!
uCamps maintains an industry leading 4:1 camper to staff ratio.
Our staff is highly qualified and well trained in everything from home sickness prevention and basic healthcare to conflict resolution and team building.
99% of our counselors are former uCampers who grew up going through our programs. Each has successfully graduated from our two week Leadership Training Academy.
All uCamps staff members have successfully passed an FBI background check.
At uCamps, we have professional medical staff on site at all times. In addition, many staff members have their wilderness first aid certifications. We also have certified life guards on duty at all times when the pool is in use.
Our counselors are uCamps Leadership Academy grads
Our workshop leaders are artists, educators, working professionals, and college students with a passion for community service, supporting young artists and adventurers, and educating young minds!