Meet our Staff

Our camp grows every year and requires a large staff to keep campers safe and ensure they are enjoying themselves.  In 2017 Sherwood Forest Summer Camp had a staff of over 120 people, including:

6 Administration Team Members
24 Counselors
18 Counselors in Training
6 Healthcare Team Members
36 Masters (Teachers)
7 Meal Service Team Members
8 Operations Team Members
17 Volunteers

We have a small team who spend all year preparing for the next year’s camp:

Teach Minchew, Camp Director
"I've been called Teach since before I went to my first renaissance festival over a decade ago. It defines a lot of who I am. First I am a teacher with 16 years of classroom experience teaching all levels of science. My life from August to June revolves around doing the best I can for the kids in my classes each and every day. Second, it defines my character. I do all I can to make sure that I am a role model for my students every day. Not in words but in deeds. I learned a long time ago that the best role models walk the walk and I do my best to follow that tradition.

I have worked as the Nateco Director for summer camps in the past. I started at Sherwood Forest Summer Camp in 2014 and have enjoyed the chance to continue the excellence that this program offers. I hope to take our camp to even greater heights in the future!"
George Appling, Marketing Director
George, co-founder and co-owner of the Sherwood Forest Faire, is the “spiritual father” of Sherwood Forest Summer Camp, having conceived the notion and taken the steps necessary to bring the camp into existence. George earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M University, where he was Valedictorian of his class. Later he went on to earn his MBA and MPA from Harvard. In addition to his role as General Partner & Marketing Director at Sherwood Forest, George is President of a startup in the sound industry called BoomCloud360.

George enjoys spending time with his partner and their three children; traveling; reading; and visiting renaissance faires throughout the country. He dreams of one day working and residing in the same city.
Brian O'Leary, Administrative Director
Brian studied Management Information Systems at University of Houston, and has spent many years doing volunteer work for various non-profit organizations in Houston, largely as an event planner. He has spent several thousand hours volunteering with children, both in classrooms at a public elementary school and also at an orphanage.

Brian has fond memories of attending overnight summer camp for many years in rural New Hampshire as a child and is very excited about the developments taking place at Sherwood today. He enjoys spending time with his partner and their three young children. His hobbies include reading, genealogy, community service, event planning and playing computer games.

Brian is Sherwood's year-round Administrative Director and wears many hats; but whether it's during Faire or Summer Camp, if you hear a noise and turn your head only to see a blur receeding in the distance... that was probably him!