Camp T has hired a new staff member to lead high-adventure activities and help with day-to-day camp operations. Matt Polzin started the position in September. 

Polzin, who was born and raised in Flint, enlisted in the Navy in 1988. He became a helicopter rescue swimmer and was awarded a lifesaving medal for heroism after a nighttime rescue of several Venezuelan merchantmen in stormy seas. Polzin was meritoriously commissioned in 1998 and trained to be a naval aviator. Polzin has been deployed all over the world, seeing 44 countries and more than 80 different ports of call. His most recent deployments include Iraq and Afghanistan. 

After retiring from active duty in 2012, Polzin taught as a high school Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) senior naval science instructor in North Carolina for several years before returning to Michigan. Polzin taught as a substitute teacher in Ionia for all grade levels while he continued his education. 

Polzin earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation management and flight operations from Jacksonville University and finished his master’s with Davenport University. He also has a master’s degree in human services—counseling, family advocacy, and public policyas well as a graduate certificate in healthcare management. 

At Camp T, Polzin looks forward to creating new camp opportunities and assisting with the many adventures that await campers.