The Maison T Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp is named in honor and memory of Maison T Ortiz, a 15 year old Galena High School student who tragically died in a snowboarding accident in January of 2011.  Shortly after Maison’s death Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, Northern Nevada Chapter of Safari Club International, and The Rotary Club of Sparks, Nevada through the Fred Searles Trust (Founding Sponsors), collaborated with the Ortiz family to organize a Youth Camp to remember Maison and address the glaring need to get more of our youth involved in wildlife related outdoor activities.  Michael Bertoldi has served as the steering committee chairman and camp director for the camp since 2011.

The Youth Outdoor Skills Camp is a 2 ½ day event that has been designed to give a full outdoor skills training and an overnight camping experience. The primary focus is urban and rural children 11-14 years of age who may not otherwise have many opportunities to experience Nevada’s outdoors and wildlife related activities.


Mr. Bertoldi is also a director and current president of The Nevada Bighorns Foundation and director/treasurer for the Coalition for Nevada's Wildlife.  Mr. Bertoldi is a lifelong Reno resident and served in the U.S Coast Guard for five years after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1967.  He then began his career in electrical contracting, which included founding local company Electro-Tech, Inc. and serving as president of its successor company, IES before working as a regional manager for Rex Moore and retiring in 2010.  Mr. Bertoldi retired in 2010 and has since started a business consulting company.