Ellie Bjieau


I joined Calleva as a staff member in the summer of 2023, but began my Calleva journey in 2009 as an Explorer, returning as a camper every summer that followed. What brought me back was not only the allure of an awesome outdoor adventure, but also the amazingly fearless staff whom I greatly admired.

As an instructor, I strive to live up to my childhood image of a brave, caring, and enthusiastic leader, so that I too can inspire campers to step out of their comfort zones. Calleva helped me overcome my fear of swimming in large bodies of water. Now, I cannonball into the Potomac River every chance I get, hopefully splashing some campers in the process. I love all activities at Calleva, and feel as though I've had a good day at camp when I get home soaking wet and covered in dirt.