John Dockendorf

About John Dockendorf

John Dockendorf was born December 1959. Dockendorf grew up near Baltimore, Maryland, but he would later have a bigger effect overseas. After a hard education at a friend’s school, he packed his skis and proceeded to the University of Vermont.

Dockendorf made an early impression in college. He spent the 1970s cramming for classes and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1981 with honors. Dockendorf, like many others seeking careers and paths in leisure and park management, found himself assisting lecturers. Dockendorf went on to get a Master of Management, Hospitality from Cornell University and a School of Hotel Administration in 1992. Dockendorf was also the student body president and received the John E.H. Sherry Scholarship at Cornell.
30 Years of Commitment

When you develop an institution that lasts over 30 years, it tends to get personal. So it is with John Dockendorf. For 28 years, Adventure Treks Inc. was one of the most well-known teen outdoor programs accessible. Participants in Dockendorf’s curriculum and initiative came from all 50 states and over 25 countries. All to join in growth-oriented outdoor excursions in some of the best untamed natural locations of the US West, Alaska, and Canada.

The Adventure Treks program was huge. 70 educators, a full-time workforce, and part-time support. The program proved adaptable, even during 2020 and the COVID shutdowns. This was based on the program’s long-standing safety reputation. In 2021, Dockendorf departed from Adventure Treks, passing the torch to his ten-year director, Dave McGlashan.

John and Jane also reopened Camp Pinnacle in 2011. Pinnacle, a 1928 legacy summer camp, closed in 2010. Over 10 years, the Dockendorfs and Steve Baskin, owner of Camp Champions in Texas, thoroughly refurbished the facility, restoring Camp Pinnacle’s legacy as one of North Carolina’s top summer camps. Pinnacle now books summer campers a year in advance. After the summer of 2021, the Dockendorfs will hand over the reins to the Baskins and directors Fayssoux and J G Moss.

Dockendorf began his community involvement in Western North Carolina on the Flat Rock Park Development Committee, which transformed a 62-acre golf course into an excellent community park. Dockendorf also led the playground development group, and Flat Rock currently has one of North Carolina’s best. Dockendorf also chaired the Mountain Community School board. Dockendorf also helped found the French Broad River Academy in Asheville.

John Dockendorf’s community service grew as much as his passion for Adventure Treks. Dockendorf was elected to the Flat Rock Village Council in 2015. Dockendorf represented Flat Rock on the French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization and its Prioritization Committee, as well as the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee. Dockendorf’s greater service to his constituents included all of these tasks. By 2019, Dockendorf was approaching an early retirement and gradually reducing his commitments.

Having Personal Support: Dockendorf’s family has been a driving force. After marrying Jane Ganey Dockendorf in 1999, they have four children: Charlie, Ave Rees, Ella, and Audrey. The kids are now 15 to 21, and John and Jane have established a world of education, training, and endeavors to make a way for them. The COVID pandemic disrupted every level of society and every region of the country in the last few years. A key service offering, adventure socializing, shaped Dockendorf’s organization and operations as much as anyone else. But, as John Dockendorf has long understood, perseverance and flexibility pay off in the end. That’s why John Dockendorf has continued to succeed in similar community-based endeavors.

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