CrawDaddy Outdoors’ owner, Darrin Siefken, has over 25 years of outdoor skills and leadership experience. Darrin was actively involved in Scouting during his youth, earning his Eagle Scout in 1984. Darrin became a Vigil member of Order of the Arrow in 1986. He has served in many of the leadership positions as a youth and adult at the Unit 1 level and on a district level. These experiences have led him through his education and his job experiences over the past 20 years.
Janeen enjoys the outdoors – whether it is kayaking, canoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing. She has been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Porcupine Mountains, Colorado Rockies and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Janeen’s favorite outdoor destination is the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Brandon is a student at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and is the CrawDaddy Outdoors sit-on-top kayaking guy. He enjoys paddling and attempting to fish from a kayak. (He at least out-fishes his dad.) Brandon is also a fast runner, so he gets to be a part of the CrawDaddy Outdoors’ Eco Tri Team.
A new addition to the CrawDaddy Crew, Peri is studying and playing tennis at Wartburg College. Peri enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Al retired, was looking for the most fun job he could find in Iowa’s Cedar Valley. He found CrawDaddy Outdoors. Longtime Scouter, he enjoys camping, backpacking and kayaking. Al has joined CrawDaddy Outdoors on the Flambeau River, Red Rock, Apostle Islands and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore trips. He has Kayaked Rainey Lake in Voyager National as well as the Slate Islands in Lake Superior In fall 2012, he hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Brenda is a retired teacher and world traveler. She has literally been around the world. In the U.S., she has been kayaking at the Apostle Islands, backpacking at Isle Royale National Park and has canoed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. If you want to know about great places to travel, Brenda is your go-to person.
A longtime Scouter, Mark has a wealth of knowledge about camping and outdoor activities . . . and has a lot of experience in these areas, too. He is currently working on building his own wooden kayak.
Retired from the cattle and horse industry, Jim has always enjoyed canoeing, skiing and spending time outdoors. He has floated many of NE Iowa’s rivers and has made numerous trips to the Boundary Waters. He also likes to camp in the Black Hills on horseback. Jim has never been lost, but misplaced many times. If you need a “cowboy” dutch oven cook or a story teller around the campfire, then Jim is your man.
Alec is a student at Wartburg and is from Ely, Iowa. Alec has been involved with scouting including working at scout camp and earning his Eagle Scout. He has spent some time backpacking in Yellow River State Forest and the Grand Canyon as well as exploring other outdoor adventures with his scout troop and family. He’s been on our Apostle Islands trip and started Wartburg Outdoors.
Justin Stout has held the graduate assistant position with the University of Northern Iowa’s Outdoor program for the past two years and is planning on graduating in May with his MA. His main experience has been in guiding trips with UNI Outdoors across the country and is looking to run a collegiate outdoor program upon graduation.
Crawdaddy’s own Mountaineer is the Senior Patrol Leader on a youth leadership conference that cleans hiking trails in the Big Horn Mountains. She loves to help lead team bonding exercises and enjoys seeing people go into the mountains and hike out as leaders.