Sammi Armacost, born and raised in Oakland, California, was first introduced to the spirit of the great Northwoods when her father, a Kooch-I- Ching alumni, sent her to Ogichi Daa Kwe at the age of 15. She quickly developed a strong passion for navigating the wilderness and over her six years at Ogichi, Sammi has been leading young women of all ages on canoe trips through the Quetico, Turtle River, Allanwater/Kopka, and English River for the last four. Throughout her years on staff, she attended the white-water training with Randy Carlson five times, became WFR certified three times, and lifeguard and CPR certified twice. In 2015, she helped Ogichi move into its new trip center and continued to help manage the gear department with Meredith Freshley through this last summer.
Sammi’s experiences at Ogichi have instilled in her a great respect for the outdoors and an aspiration to always explore. Most recently, her dreams led her to take a solo backpacking trip through Chile, Argentina, and Japan. While traveling, she volunteered at four different organic farms across Chile and hitchhiked throughout Patagonia. From there, she made the long trek across the Pacific Ocean to Japan in order to reconnect with her extended family and immerse herself within her Japanese heritage. From her many adventures in the backcountry of Ontario to her cross-cultural experiences abroad, Sammi gained a profound appreciation for the experiences that push her limits and the growth that comes with such challenges. Currently, she is working with Wilderness Inquiry, a non-profit organization, to get people of all different abilities, backgrounds, and communities connected with the outdoors and their local waterways. Now, Sammi gets the opportunity to join five extraordinary friends in the journey of a lifetime (and hopefully inspire others to do the same!)
- Wilderness First Responder - Certified: 06/2015, Expires: 06/2017
- CPR & Lifeguard - Certified: 05/2016, Expires: 05/2018
- University of Redlands - April 2016
- B.A. in Cross-Cultural Ethics & Social Justice
- 150+ days paddling (canoe, voyageur-style canoe)