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David Herpy

NC 4-H Camping Specialist,
North Carolina State University

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I have worked in camping for over the past twenty three years, beginning as a Camp Counselor at the West End YMCA and Lake Metroparks in Northeast Ohio, as a Camp Director for the City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks Department and at Kent State University, and now as NC 4-H Camping Specialist at NC State University.

It was during my employment at the West End YMCA during my first two years while attending Lakeland Community College that I realized I could make a career doing what I love and making a difference for youth, families, and my community.  So, I chose a career path in camp and recreation and to major in recreation management as an undergraduate student at Kent State University.  I then went on to obtain a Master's degree in Recreation Studies at Ohio University.

My greatest adventure and reward in life is being a father to our four children and especially sharing my love for camp and the outdoors with our children.  For me, it doesn't get any better than being a father.

In my free time, I am active in our local community, having volunteered as a parent coach for two age groups of youth soccer, as a kayak instructor for our local parks and recreation department, as a Build-A-Block Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and now as founder and chair of our county's friends of parks group.

My hobbies include camping, cycling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, running, swimming, and triathlons, as well as anything outdoors.


Ohio University
Athens, Ohio, United States
Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Science, 2002
Recreation Studies
2001 To 2002
Advisor: Dr. Matt Zuefle

Kent State University
Kent, Ohio, United States
Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies, 2001
Recreation Management
1999 To 2001
Advisor: Dr. Mary Parr

Lakeland Community College
Kirtland, Ohio, United States
Associate of Arts, 1999
General Studies
1997 To 1999

Job History

North Carolina State University
NC 4-H Camping Specialist
Raleigh, NC, United States
November 2013 - present

North Carolina State University
Lecturer - Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Raleigh, NC, United States
August 2019 - April 2020

Kent State University
Outdoor Adventure and Camp Coordinator
Kent, OH, United States
January 2007 - October 2013

Lake Metroparks
Recreation Specialist
Kirtland, OH, United States
January 2005 - January 2007

The City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks
Adventure Recreation Supervisor
Columbus, OH, United States
July 2003 - December 2004