Mark Smirnov is absolutely thrilled to return to Camp Eagle Ridge as a Counselor for his 7th summer at camp! This will be Mark’s first year on staff, having been a Counselor-in-Training in 2018 and a Junior Counselor in 2019. Mark is from Lake Bluff, Illinois, and attends Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he is currently majoring in Psychology and is on the Pre-Med pre-professional track.
Mark is an instrumental musician and has played the trumpet and piano for most of his life. In high school, he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, multiple jazz combos and chamber ensembles, a rock band, an acoustic side project, bugling opportunities, and various other groups, gigs, and competitions. Mark loves music and aspires to continue with his passion throughout his life.
Mark has also contributed over 220 hours of community service. He’s been heavily involved with veterans over the past few years, volunteering at the Lovell FHCC VA hospital in North Chicago and serving as the lead organizer of the 2019 Lake Bluff Veterans Day Ceremony. Mark intends to become a volunteer bugler for the Bugles Across America, NFP initiative and continue his service to veterans in the future. Additionally, Mark volunteered at Bernie’s Book Bank, where he packaged books for at-risk children living in Chicago, and has contributed over 25 hours of volunteer musical performances in his community. Having taken the Fall 2020 semester off, Mark was also able to serve as an Election Judge for the 2020 U.S. General Election.
In his free time, Mark loves following sports and is an avid Chicago sports fan. He enjoys fishing, hockey, live music, film, traveling, and more! But above all, Mark loves to bring people together, whether through music, sports, his hobbies, events, or spending time with family and friends.
At camp, Mark loves the activities on the lake, Capture The Flag, weekend trips, campfires, and all the amazing things and people that make camp what it is! Mark is so excited to give back to the campers the way his amazing counselors did for him and can’t wait to help spread some of that “Camp Magic” that filled his summers with growth, leadership, laughter, and love.