My Summer Trails story began in 2008 after previously working at Camp Southwoods (Summer Trails' sister sleep-away camp). I started out with bookkeeping, and in recent years, have taken on managing all operations, as well as our Baseball Camp. What I love about Baseball Camp is watching kids truly enjoy the game, while improving their baseball skills. Watching a camper get the game winning hit or make the game saving play is always a highlight for me! Because of the camp experience, I was introduced to my wife Sandy and we now have two daughters who also get to enjoy Summer Trails. My older daughter Danica has learned to swim, play Gaga, scale the climbing wall, and hit bulls eyes in archery. My younger daughter Delaney is following in her big sister's footsteps and loves camp! I know they will both have an amazing time here, and it is so special to watch them grow each summer.
My Summer Trails story started when I was a camper all the way back in Nursery Girls. From the very first summer I was at camp, it always felt like home. Although some of the girls in my group and counselors changed year to year, the feeling of belonging was constant. With all the remarkable years as a camper, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to work at camp. While working at camp I had the privilege of watching campers not only learn to swim, but grow up at camp, and often come back to work with us at camp and the pool. I love that we are able to grow our aquatics staff from our “pool” of counselors. In 2006 I became the Camp Aquatics Director following in the footsteps of a lot of great people before me. In the Fall of 2008, when I was offered a year round position at camp, it was the perfect fit for me. In 2018 I was honored to move into the position of Associate Director. While in the office, I have had the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful campers, families and staff members.
My Summer Trails story began 10 years ago when I became a Summer Trails Baseball Coach. I always look forward to s because it means the start of camp! This year is extra special to me because this year will be the first summer my son will be attending Summer Trails. Currently I am physical education teacher at a middle school in the Bronx and have been for the past eleven years. After school I coach the varsity baseball program at Blind Brook High School. I am looking forward to my eleventh year here at Summer Trails and stepping into the role of Baseball Director. I am super excited for the opportunity to work with kids of all ages to improve their baseball skills on the field and to build character off the field. It doesn’t get better than baseball all day everyday.
What’s the name of the game? BASEBALL
My Summer Trails story began in the Upper Grove as a counselor. I have been a counselor, lifeguard, swim instructor, EDGE teacher and Assistant Upper Grove Group Leader and am now excited to step (in his flip flops) into the role of Aquatics Director. When not at camp Tom teaches in Chappaqua.
My Summer Trails story began in 2010, when I joined the staff as a group counselor. Despite not attending camp as a kid, I felt welcome as an adult from day one. In fact, some of my closest friends are people I’ve met working at camp. Year after year, I come back for the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals who are devoted to creating a special, nurturing environment for children. During my six years as a group counselor, I worked with Girls 2, Girls 4, and Senior Girls. For the past two years, I’ve worked as a sports specialist, providing skills instruction in a variety of sports. I also spent two years directing and instructing in the EDGE tutoring program and Extended Day program. This year, I’m thrilled to be joining the Leadership team as Program Director. When I’m not at camp having fun, I work at Springhurst Elementary School in Dobbs Ferry
My Summer Trails story began in 1997, the summer I was a camper in nursery girls. I have transitioned from camper, to LIT, to staff member/counselor, and now, I am proud to be part of the Summer Trails Leadership Team. Throughout my life at Summer Trails, I have made many lifelong friends and countless memories. As a camper, one of my favorite days was the Hollyrock game show; it gave me such excitement to go on stage to answer questions and compete for my team. As a staff member, special event days are still among my favorite days to participate in because I am able to create the excitement that the various days bring to the campers. Being part of camp has allowed me the privilege to be an integral part of many children's wonderful summer camp experiences and encourage their growth throughout the summer, as my counselors had with me. It is amazing to me that being a camper and being a staff member are very different but equally rewarding camp experiences. I am excited to continue to be a part of the leadership team so that I can continue to be a part of children's and counselors' individual growth and development in a FUN environment!
My Summer Trails story began last year in the Little Grovwe when I joined the he Summer Trails Family as the Little Grove Group Leader. Hillary has lots of camp experience as she comes to us after several summers at Southwoods as the Girls Lower Camp Head Counselor. During the school year, Hillary teaches preschool in Chappaqua and is mom to 3 great boys!
My Summer Trails story began in 2014 working in the Lower Grove. I joined the Leadership Team in 201 and Lower Grove Group Leader and Early Morning Director. Emily graduated Iona College with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and is currently working in the Byram Hills School District.
My Summer Trails story began in 2010 when I moved to New York. I taught nature for three summers and loved hanging out with Jaws the Turtle. I had never gone to camp as a child and was amazed at quality of the Summer Trails experience . I loved that the adult staff came back to work year afer year and send their children to Summer Trails. I had to leave camp as a new stay at home mom to twins but jumped at the chance to come back when they were old enough. I returned to camp as the Project Adventure and Fitness specialist and am excited to join the Leadership Teameam this year as the 3 & 4 Group Leader.
My Summer Trails story began in 1995 as a camper in the Lower Grove. From my initial summer I felt connected with Summer Trails. I loved the variety of activities, the super special events and most of all the people. I also appreciate the little details; I look forward to sitting with my friends everyday at lunch and opening my brown sack lunch with my mother’s hand drawn daily art work (even now as an adult!). I love the energy of team week—Go Blue, Go Gold, Go Little Grove Green, and especially the camaraderie of our community at the end. I love the mess of puff eating—and the accomplishment that each individual feels as they participate. From camper to counselor to Leadership Team Member, these moments, among a long list of others, when shared with people you care about are what make Summer Trails special. In 2005 I joined the Summer Trails staff as a Lower Grove Group Counselor. From there I have had the honor of holding many positions including Lower Grove Assistant Group Leader, Athletic Director, Southwoods Trip Leader and Upper Grove Group Leader. Each summer I look forward to working with an amazing group of campers and staff!
My Summer Trails story began in 1974- the very first summer of Summer Trails. I am privileged to be a part of every single Summer Trails season. I live in the beautiful willow tree shaded pond and spend my days sunbathing on logs, swimming amongst my friends the fish and the otters, and enjoying regular visits from beautiful birds (I especially love when the herring birds visit). I love listening to the sounds of summer; children laughing, camp songs echoing, the splish and splash of kids in the pools, and the bouncing of balls at the courts. My favorite Summer Trails activity is when campers participating in nature activities visit me at the pond. They spoil me with treats. Can you guess what I like to eat?