Dave Branconier


AstroCamp Summer Camp Director

"I believe the camp experience is the optimal vehicle to develop, in youth, environmental literacy and an appreciation for their place in the environment as well as a voice in their personal communities.  Having been involved in most aspects of summer camp, outdoor education and formal classroom education over my 30+ years in youth development, I have often witnessed more growth in a young person during a session of summer camp than a semester in the classroom.  The residential camp experience provides the opportunity and tools to encourage deeper relationships with nature, peers and adults.  I am excited to join Guided Discoveries at AstroCamp and continue this work with such a highly regarded leadership staff and program."

Dave comes to Guided Discoveries with 35 years and many miles traveled in the youth development arena.  He has been a classroom teacher, coach and school administrator.  He has designed and directed various day and residential camping programs in addition to high adventure excursions from the Sierra Nevada to the beaches of Big Sur, to the Mojave Desert.

Dave graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Biology and logged many hours in the University's marine lab in San Felipe, Mexico.  Among his adventures he spent three years teaching overseas in Chuuk, Micronesia and gained valuable insight into tropical ecosystems, the dynamics of the marine setting and coral reefs as well as the cultural aspects of life among the indigenous people.

Most recently, Dave completed seven years with the Orange County Department of Education as Manager of their Outdoor Science School and currently teaches Environmental Science at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert, California.  Dave has extensive experience with curriculum and program design.  He has led numerous staff development sessions involving leadership, camper relationships and program operations.

As an American Camp Association standards visitor for the last 25 years, Dave is well versed in the industry standards and best practices of camp program delivery, risk management, and quality of experience.

Contact Dave at dave@astrocamp.org or 951.659.6062