Melissa spent the last decade building, growing, and nurturing camp programs centered around the revolutionary concept of enabling campers to craft a schedule that best caters to their interests. “Allowing kids to make choices empowers them, makes them feel valued, and actually gives them a stake in the ownership of the camp experience.” As the director of Explorer Day Camp from 2009-2019, Melissa grew a program from the ground up, engaging children and families to become a part of a greater year-round camp community. Melissa’s passion for camp began as a youngster while attending programs at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. In her teenage/early adult years she worked with several camps as an Aquatics Director. Melissa has also organized leadership institutes as a national consultant with Girl Scouts of the USA, experiences that inspire her to become the energized, creative and experienced camp director she is today.
After spending the last two summers as the Director of Camping Services at the Friedberg JCC, we’re excited to have Stephanie on board at Island Quest Day Camp! In addition to her leadership with Camp Friedberg, Stephanie’s strong camp background also includes directing Camp Ga’avah (PRIDE) at the Friedberg JCC for the last three summers, as well as spending five years at SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) which started as a program of the American Camp Association. Stephanie’s love for camp also began at HKC, where she was a camper and then later a counselor with Mid-Island Day Camp. Stephanie enjoys spending her spare time with her family at the beach!