It is my great pleasure to introduce myself to you as the Director of Harbor Hills Day Camp. I have spent my entire professional career working with children and helping them grow. I worked in education as a teacher and principal for 17 years. Helping children explore and experience the joy of discovery gave me such satisfaction. However, over time I began to realize that education was placing an emphasis on test scores leaving little time in an educator’s day to allow students to explore and discover. I came to realize that camp was a better place for me to achieve my dreams for children.
In 2006, I began working at Ramapo Country Day Camp, the preeminent day camp in the Northeast. There I saw everything that is missing in education today. I saw kids using their imaginations to build and create. I saw interpersonal and life skills being developed through positive interactions. I saw risk taking in a safe and positive environment. There were no grades, no tests, no pressure. What I saw were kids that were free to be just that, kids. They were engaged in activities that allowed them to grow without stress. I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of that growth.
For 13 years at Ramapo I worked with campers during the summer overseeing their daily activities, managing staff, and communicating with parents. Over the years, my role expanded beyond the summer months. I assisted with offseason activities, tours, new staff acquisition, and staff training. When I was offered the opportunity to come aboard as part of the year-round staff, I left school behind and graduated to camp.
Now life has brought another opportunity for me, my wife Melissa, and our daughter Molly. I look forward to bringing my passion, camp experience, and understanding of child development to the team of dedicated professionals at Harbor Hills Day Camp. June 24th can’t come soon enough for me! In the meantime, I look forward to reaching out to each of you to learn about your children and your hopes for their camp experience.