CrawDaddy Outdoors’ owner, Darrin Siefken, has over 25 years of outdoor skills and leadership experience. Darrin has been actively involved in Scouting. These experiences have led him through his education and his job experiences over the past 20 years. He has extensive trip experience backpacking, canoeing and kayaking have taken him to BWCA, Lake Superior, Smoky Mountain National Park, Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks, Apostle Islands, Porcupine Mountains and Colorado
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, Apostle Islands, Colorado Rockies and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Janeen’s favorite outdoor destination is the North Shore of Lake Superior.
A longtime Scouter, Mark has a wealth of knowledge about camping and outdoor activities . . . and has a lot of experience in these areas, too. Mark has kayaked at Apostle Islands and Isle Royale as well as backpacked at Philmont Scout Ranch. He is currently working on building his own wooden kayak.
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, Isle Royale, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore trips. He has kayaked Rainey Lake in Voyager National Park as well as the Slate Islands in Lake Superior In fall 2012. He has also hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Justin Stout has held the graduate assistant position with the University of Northern Iowa’s Outdoor program and has tallied over 50 outdoor trips during the past 5 years. He is currently working on finishing his Master’s Thesis and graduating 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.
Sam Hanson is a Natural Resource Major who has backpacked in Wyoming and Wisconsin as well as canoed in the BWCA. She loves to kayak Iowa’s Northeast Rivers and is looking forward to becoming a naturalist and share her love of the outdoors with others.
Ethan currently holds the Program Assistant position with the University of Northern Iowa’s Outdoor Recreation Program while working on a master’s degree in Leisure Youth & Human Services. He is interested in attaining a position with the National Park Service upon graduation and is hoping to finish his master’s thesis before Justin. Ethan has led many trips around the country for UNI Outdoors and will continue to grow in his field through the experiences yet to happen.
Chris is a student at UNI in Finance. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. She has traveled all over the US while finding time to hike parts of the Appalachian Trail, Badlands National Park, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Eamonn is a busy senior at Waverly Shell Rock with his never ending participation in swimming, track, cross country and many other school activities. He is looking forward to starting college in Minnesota during the Fall of 2018. In some of his rare free time he gets out and paddles his Necky manitou sport kayak, usually with fishing gear on board. He has co-led several river trips through Crawdaddy Outdoors and enjoys both learning about and teaching people about all the awesome stuff you can do in the wild.
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.
Austin is a Waverly Shell Rock student who fishes more than he is in school. He participates in competition trap shooting and recently attained his driver’s license. Austin is our muscle at kayak demos and will soon attain the status of Eagle Scout through all his hard work. Austin has made multiple trips to the Boundary Waters since he was a young kid.
Kate is a freshman at Wartburg who is also happens to be a member of the soccer team. Kate is excited to learn about all the cool outdoor activities that CrawDaddy Outdoors has to offer.
Brandon has been a long time employee of CrawDaddy Outdoors through his years spent studying at Wartburg. He is now a full time employee with Wartburg but still has time to stop in and work with the team from time to time.
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, backpacked and kayaked 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.
Levi is busy as a nurse at Allen Hospital, but gets to work at Crawdaddy Outdoors from time to time. He is our kayak fishing expert and occasionally catches some fish.
Eric is an Outdoor Recreation graduate who enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, and canoeing. He is currently working at a woodworking shop and Seven Oaks Ski Recreation Area in Boone for the winter. You will often see him through the spring as he works a number of special events and sports shows.