This is the latest story in the "Still in the Game" series, which chronicles former area high school and college athletes who have pursued a professional career that keeps them involved with athletics.
BUTTE, Mont. -- It's the inevitable question that follows college graduation when playing football becomes a weekend activity instead of a daily passion.
What are you going to do with your life?
Dan Camp wasn't exactly sure.
"When you get done playing sports, no one tells you what's next," said Camp, a standout Quincy University linebacker who graduated in 2015. "That's been your identity year in and year out. I was Dan, the football guy, the hype man. That was my job. That was my personality. That was my identity.
"When football ended for me at Quincy, I was like, ‘Man, what do I do next? I don't have a team anymore. I don't know what life without this is. Finding my rafting family, my adventure family was that next step I really, really needed. I had a team. I have eight people on a raft of varying experience trusting me to lead them down this river.
"It was a super natural transition that I didn't know I needed until I was there."
Now, he's living a life full of adventure.
Currently, Camp and his girlfriend live in the cradle of outdoor beauty in an old mining town in Montana. They are 2 1/2 hours north of Yellowstone National Park and 4 1/2 hours south of Glacier National Park and have the opportunity to engage in anything from hunting and fishing to kayaking and snowboarding.
"It's like a gateway to everything you want to do out here," Camp said.
Camp currently works for a software company that designs and implements the kind of technology outfitters use to make and track reservations, schedule guides and run their businesses.
It's not the hands-on, ride-the-thrills kind of job he previously held, but it keeps him connected to the outdoor adventure industry and allows him the time to be the one exploring instead of teaching those craving excitement how to explore.
"I can work remotely and continue to travel and be where I want to be and kind of bounce around," Camp said. "We've batted around the idea of getting a trailer to be able to move around and be able go see family and friends and go kayaking on a whim or take a day off and do some backcountry snowboarding or something."
As long as he's doing something outdoors, Camp is content.
"My dad always made an effort to show my brother and I how important it was to be outside," he said. "I didn't take to the extreme sports side of things until I moved up there, but we had spent a lot of time on the water and hiking, prioritizing spending time outdoors. I knew I loved that.
"As soon as I started sitting on the back of a raft and taking on these gigantic rapids and doing things that made me uncomfortable, I was like, ‘Oh, this is what I love about being outside. This is what I want to continue doing.' It's like I had been incubated to that point perfectly to really, really grab on to the adrenalin sports thing."
A product of the Rochester football dynasty, Camp came to Quincy and earned freshman All-American honors when he finished the 2011 season with 75 tackles. Three years later, after playing 43 games in his career, Camp left the QU program having made 301 tackles and 174 solo stops. He ranks fourth and third, respectively, in QU history in those categories.
Much like the way he played -- always chasing the ball and never standing still -- his post-graduate career was off and running immediately.
"I packed up after graduation from Quincy, went home for about eight hours and headed up to Northeast Wisconsin," Camp said.
He worked as an outdoor adventure guide at Wildman Adventure Resort in Athelstane, Wis., where he was involved in whitewater rafting, zip lining, paint ball and rock climbing. After that, he spent six months doing guided kayak tours in the Florida Everglades.
"It was absolutely incredible," Camp said.
Then came the plea to find more stable income.
"My parents were kind of like, ‘It's time to get a real job,'" Camp said. "I was like, ‘I don't know about that.'"
But he did find full-time work with the freedom and adrenalin he craved. He went back to Wildman, and over a four-year period, Camp went from a lead guide to office staff to the operations manager.
"That was everything from helping coordinate schedules to managing the office and taking reservations to helping guide the trips and provide the guest experience," Camp said.
But the ultimate thrill always came in the field as a guide.
"Pushing people's comfort zones is the coolest thing I've been a part of," Camp said. "Some people have never slept in a tent before, which to me is the most basic. Then you have people who have never seen the stars at night because they live in Chicago or another big city.
"I've learned adventure takes a different shape for every person that finds their way into the outdoors. That was the coolest revelation or experience I've had."
While some want to spend a night under the stars and cook over an open fire, others want to push themselves to extreme limits. Camp can help with that, too.
"You get the people who are looking for the most intense, adrenalin-pumping raft trip you can get," Camp said. "That's my favorite realm of the whole industry. How crazy can we get? How much fun can we have? Those are always great experiences.
"You learn a lot about life and about people when you end up in Class 4 whitewater outside your boat and you're all swimming back to the raft."
And you learn life doesn't stop when the games do. There's always an adrenalin-pumping adventure out there.