First Look at the Kingsley Pines Camp Staff for 2017

Camp staff teaching volleyball at Kingsley PinesOur Program Director, Dan Emmons, has been busy hiring staff for the upcoming summer. Finding the right people is a big task, and Dan is up for the challenge. He knows having an amazing camp staff makes all the difference.

As usual, we have a mix of returning and new staff, from all over the USA as well as several foreign countries. We are excited that all of them will be joining us this summer.

Check out the current list of camp staff for summer 2017 below (Updated 05/2/17)

Alex Bullard
Andrew Gallagher
Angela Prior
Anna Glass
Annie Gordon
Austin Smith
Bambi Heckford
Ben Baden
Cam Kohs
Cameron O’Doherty
Carly Jones
Ciaran Fennelly
Conor Little
Dani Jones
Dori Ecsedi
Emma Henderson
Haley Jennings
Hannah Novak
Jack Mills
Jameson Hall
Janie Sieben
Jon Brown
Katie O’Leary
Lily Esposito
Lizzie Rees Gara
Lucy Brown
Luis Ventura
Mark McIlwaine
Marshall Vosler
Marty Martin
Matt Graham
Megan Taylor
Michelle Kim
Molly Atkinson
Moody Apuzzo
Naomi Cox
Ross Hamilton
Ruby Edlin
Sam Grouse
Sara Andersen
Sarah Malks
Sharkey Shirkey
Simone Snashall
Steve Platt
Suz Phillips
Teal Otley
Teke Sieben
Zoey Millership

Adrienn Palinkas – Prep Assistant
Al Richards – Girls Campus Head
Ally Martinez – Nurse Assistant
Aracely Torres – Prep Assistant
Ari Zimmet – Art Director
Austin Mills – Videographer
Brittany Avenson – Waterfront Director
Derek Smith – Trip Director
Griffin Davey – Dining Hall Supervisor/Awards Coordinator
Ian Root – Food Service Director
Jack Feighery – Teen Leadership Counselor
Jake Grass – Sous Chef
Jamie DeMotts – Multimedia Editor
Jim Dinsmore – Breakfast Chef
Jonathan Swartout – Teen Leadership Director
Katie Fitch – Nurse Assistant
Kenny Coles – Adventure Director
Kiersten Clark – Photographer
Lalo Ricardo – Prep Assistant
Leanne Yunng – Nurse
Logan Mutz – Boys Campus Head
Lucy Diaz – Prep Assistant
Luke Schindler – Assistant Program Director for Logistics
Natalie Koflerova – Prep Assistant
Nathan Adams – Assistant Waterfront Director
Nora Novak – Prep Assistant
Peppa Pepper – Teen Leadership Counselor
Rebecca Purcel – Nurse
Sarah Shimer – Waterski Director
Stephanee Bridges – Assistant to the Director
Uriel Fernandez – Prep Assistant
Zack Smith – Assistant Program Director for Planning
Zuzanna Madajczyk – Prep Assistant

Campers Gain Confidence and Independence – Survey Results 2016

We always knew campers had an incredible experience at Kingsley Pines, and now we have the numbers to back it up! At the end of each session we give campers a survey asking them to give us feedback on their time at camp, and this year a whopping 75% of kids rated their experience a 5 out of 5. 96% of campers rated their experience a 4 or 5 out of 5.

“The friends you make here are real friends and this is the place where the best summers happen,” said one camper. The people you meet at camp was far and away the top answer about what kids liked most about camp. Activities was next on the list of favorite things about camp, and the favorite activity across each session was waterskiing and wakeboarding. Sailing and archery were consistently mentioned as well.

75% of campers say they have changed since the beginning of camp. “I have learned a lot about myself and how to make friends and be the best person I can be,” said one camper. More confidence, independence and maturity were frequently mentioned as ways campers have changed. One of the goals we set for staff is “Camp is a life changing experience, where campers learn things about themselves they didn’t know when they arrived – Independence, Responsibility, Group living skills, New activity skills, Decision making skills “ These numbers prove we are making great strides to achieve this and other goals.

Adventure Day, with trips for rafting, sailing and the beach is the one special day that was repeated across each session, and for good reason as it was the most popular special day of the summer. In session 1 a close runner up was the 4th of July special day, in session 2 it was the KP Olympics Day put on by the Teen Leaders. Session 3 saw A Journey Through Time narrowly edge Disney Day as the next most popular special day.

Numbers will never be able to tell the whole story about a child’s experience at camp, but we take pride knowing the impact we see each summer is confirmed by statistics. Each child’s experience at camp is different, but in many ways this quote sums up the experience for so many. “At the beginning I was homesick and now I’ve had fun and am sad to leave.”

See Who’s Registered for Family Camp


Camp doesn’t have to be only for kids. During Family Camp, kids and adults can experience the fun and relaxation of camp together. We are excited to have a great mix of families who have been with us for many years, and also families who will be experiencing Kingsley Pines for the first time.

See the full list below, and to learn more about bringing your family to camp click here.

Bao Family
Berry Family
Bowman Family
Brown Family
Buxbaum Family
Cafini Family
Caisse Family
Caldwell Family
Cannon Family
Chou Family
Conway Family
Cook Family
Coughlan Family
DellaPietra/Amonson Family
Den Besten Family
Despres Family
Doherty Family
Ensdorf/Shea Family
Ferentz Family
Gallagher Family
Gayron Family
Gillespie Family
Higgins Family
Jones/Buxbaum Family
Kantor Family
Kreitler Famiy
Kuechle Family
Lassman/Damico Family
Leibowitz Family
Lisi Family
Loberg Family
McGlamery Family
Nash Family
Neidecker Family
O’Meara Family
Patterson/Mirabella Family
Rennich/Williams Family
Rice Family
Rocha/Bruner Family
Rodriguez-Vina/Pertusa Family
Rothman Family
Schneider/Jende Family
Scotto Family
Snyder/Flowers Family
Stein/Miller Family
Stern/MacQuarrie Family
Subelsky/Wexler Family
Taudvin Family
Taylor Family
True Family
Wiginton/Costello Family
Wronski/Lau Family
Wu Family
Zheng/Chan Family


Maintenance Team Has Been Making Amazing Improvements

Streaked - New PorchThe KP Maintenance Team has been extremely busy making great improvements to many of our cabins this winter.

On the boys’ side, the cabins of Studio and Sugarloaf received a complete interior remodel with new windows and finished walls. Many boys cabins have new porches and stairs.

On the girls side, we remodeled the interior and bathrooms of Crescent, Thompson, Belgrade and Rangeley. Most girls cabins were jacked, leveled and received new stairs. Several cabins were painted in the fall and there seems to be something “Crooked” about this one.
Belgrade - Interior Under Construction

And, not to forget the truly fantastic KP staff, we have remodeled the interior and bathrooms of Oak and Wetstone.

You can see photos of all the projects here. Some are completed and some are still in progress, but we will be ready to go by June 11.

Some folks think the maintenance crew hibernates all winter long.  As you will see in these pictures that is definitely not the case.

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to the team that keeps our facilities, clean, safe and looking great, Ziggy, Merritt, Seth and Derek.

The Top Five Benefits of Sending Your Child to Summer Camp

The s’mores. The campfires. The freedom… The sunscreen. The camaraderie. The songs…

There’s just something about summer camp that creates the fondest memories of childhood. And while any former camper will gush about the new friends made, songs learned, and new activities tried, the benefits of summer camp extend far beyond stories to bring home to family and friends.

In fact, summer camp has been scientifically and psychologically proven to be beneficial to children, based on numerous studies that have examined the impact these programs have on their campers. Though choosing to part with your child for any amount of time can be a difficult decision, the facts are undeniable: sending your child to summer camp is one of the best things you can do for them.Waterskiing at Kingsley Pines Camp

At Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine, the staff and counselors put a premium on keeping kids happy and parents at ease – as well as capitalizing on what makes summer camp so psychologically constructive. Kingsley Pines is full of discovery and adventure – the campers are swept up in the enthusiasm and dizzying array of fun and activities from the moment they first arrive, and they quickly form friendships that often last a lifetime. Read on to discover some of the proven benefits of summer camp, and how Kingsley Pines Camp ensures your child will come out stronger, happier, and more adventurous.


For many children, summer camp represents the first time away from parents, home, and the comforts that come with each. Counselors substitute for parents, bunkmates for siblings, and daily routines are transformed. While this can sometimes spark homesickness in campers, kids who overcome this challenge are more likely to be independent in the long run – leaving them with an increased sense of bravery, reduced separation anxiety, and better college preparedness. The American Camp Association notes that independence is one of the top areas of growth measured among campers.

At Kingsley Pines, trained, mature counselors help campers transition from depending on their parents to self-reliance. Additionally, the camp’s older camper and teen leadership programs offer a scaled level of independence, helping to customize the programming and opportunities for campers of any age.

Curiosity and adventurousness

The simple act of going to camp – to a destination away from home, often immersed in nature – is an exercise in stimulating curiosity. While we all fall into comfortable routines in our own hometowns, offering a child a new landscape, social structure, and breadth of activities to explore helps to foster a sense of curiosity and adventurousness that they will carry with them far beyond the days of camp. Kids will have a chance to explore various interests, and hone in on what stimulates them (and often, what they think won’t)!Fencing at Kingsley Pines Camp

At Kingsley Pines, the non-regimented sessions help foster an additional level of independence, as all campers have the opportunity to choose their own activities. Offerings range from water activities on the lake, arts and theater programs, outdoor adventure opportunities, and land sports. Campers will be able to explore a wide range of interests through the independently structured programming.


Often, curiosity and adventurousness translate into an increased likelihood of taking risks. The new experiences at camp – ranging from simply leaving home, to performing at a talent show or climbing a rock wall – have been proven to help reduce fear and anxiety related to unfamiliar experiences in children. The support of counselors and new friends can help foster a sense of confidence in these new areas of exploration, as well as ensure that the camper leaves with a positive relationship toward trying new things.

Kingsley Pines offers a range of activities and opportunities for campers to test their own limits and expand their comfort zone, all while under the watchful eyes of camp staff. These opportunities can range from physical and outdoor activities, such as the high ropes course, rock climbing, or windsurfing, to social ones, such as evening dances.


In a world where most children are connected to social media and reliant on technology, summer camp offers an opportunity for kids to be exposed to unplugged fun. In an environment where everyone is away from their phones and many modern technologies, your child will be expected to interact face-to-face with friends, counselors, and staff. By showing them that there are plenty of ways to have fun without a device, your child is more likely to return with a heightened sense of comfort with interpersonal interactions offline.Wood Working at Kingsley Pines Camp

Kingsley Pines strives to create an environment that encourages offline activities, and thus does not offer video, computers, or video games as part of the program. Additionally, campers are not permitted to have cell phones, video recorders, gaming devices, e-readers, computers, access to the Internet, or any technology that can play video.

Friendship skills

One of the top benefits of summer camp researched by the American Camp Association is the development of supportive relationships, which includes friendships made between campers. There’s a reason that most campers describe their cabinmates as their “sisters” or “brothers” – the bonds created through living, eating, and playing with other campers often feels stronger than those with friends made in less immersive environments. Additionally, activities such as team challenges, songs, and group activities help campers feel included, something that can often be a challenge when navigating new friendships – especially for adolescents.Archery at Kingsley Pines Camp

Overall, campers acquire a sense of self-confidence in making and maintaining friendships that they’ll carry with them long after the summer is over.

Campers at Kingsley Pines are offered the opportunity to make these deep friendships both within and outside their cabins, where they meet other campers in daily activities, the dining hall, or camp-wide programming.

Additionally, the diverse demographics at Kingsley Pines allow for campers to interact with kids their age from across the world, exposing them to cultures that extend far beyond their own.

Ultimately, Kingsley Pines Camp in Maine is one of the most valuable and authentic summer experiences you can provide your child. For more information about Kingsley Pines Camp, call 855-799-7788 (toll-free) or visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.

KP Winter Parties 2016

Kingsley Pines is hitting the road for the 2016 Winter Parties, and also inviting you to come see us! Each party is a little different, but all will offer a great chance to see camp friends and staff, talk about all the fun you had last summer and get excited for next summer. Food will be provided at each party. You are welcome to bring any friends who would like to learn more about Kingsley Pines. The Winter Party at Camp will include transportation from Boston.

The dates and times below. We hope you will join us for one of the Winter Parties. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

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Date: Jan 30
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Bowlmore Lanes, Time Square
222 W. 44th Street
New York, New York USA 10036

Date: Feb 27
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Glacier Ice and Snow
4601 N Federal Hwy
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Date: Feb 28
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Pin Chasers Midtown
4847 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33603


Date: March 5
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Kingsley Pines
51 Coughlan Cove Rd
Raymond, ME 04071


Still Time to Register for Kingsley Pines Camp

There is still time to register for Session 3 at Kingsley Pines Camp. The third session is only two weeks long, allowing for more affordable pricing  and will take place from August 2 – 15, 2015. This is an opportunity you and your child will not want to miss.

Wakeboarding at Kingsley Pines CampKingsley Pines, located on Panther Lake in Raymond, Maine, offers a variety of exciting and memorable activities. Possibilities include water activities on the lake, such as canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and waterskiing, as well as other outdoor options such as rock climbing and ropes courses. The camp also offers land sports, including baseball, basketball, volleyball, and archery. Artistic activities include theater, painting, jewelry making and woodworking. No matter what your child’s interests are, the wide range of activities available at Kingsley Pines ensures that boredom is never an option.

In addition to its daytime activities, Kingsley Pines offers several meaningful evening activities that all campers are invited to participate in. These include carnivals, luaus, dances, water fights and other energetic games. Evening schedules also include more traditional camp activities, such as campfires with s’mores and marshmallows, as well as times of reflection with opportunities for self-expression through music or poetry. The activities available at Kingsley Pines provide opportunities for creativity, fostering of talent, and personal growth.

Kingsley Pines packs the daily schedule with activities. Each day provides five different activity periods of 50 minutes or more in which campers can choose from any of the daytime activities listed above, in addition to periods of free time and rest, meal and snack times, and open swimming times. Aside from the normal schedule, every camp session includes one day of rafting or a beach trip. Sessions can also include Special Days, which involve unique themes such as Pirate Day or Medieval Day, and include skits and camp-wide games.

Ceramics A summer session at Kingsley Pines is full of fun activities and unique chances that will create lasting memories for your child. If you’re still looking for the right camp, then be sure to register for the third summer session ( for two weeks in August while there’s still time (and if you miss that session, then you can always register early for next summer). Adventure, excitement, and the opportunities of a lifetime await at Kingsley Pines.

Call Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine toll free at 855-799-7788 or 207-894-9030, email us at, or find us online at We can answer any questions you might have, schedule a tour of our camp and assist you in registering your child for camp.

Learn what our staff do in the winter!

We have an amazing and talented staff, and they do lots of cool and interesting things in the off season. We wanted to give you a peak into their non-camp lives, so we made a series of mini profiles about some of our awesome counselors!


Meebz is currently living in Running Springs, California working as a Program Instructor for Pali Institute. She teaches a full science curriculum with over 30 different science and outdoor education based classes. She is also a part of their leadership and team building program where she works on the high ropes courses and creates personalized team building classes for students ranging from 3rd to 11th grade. This will be Meebz’s 7th summer at KP and she will be the Girl’s Campus Head.

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Angela lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and teaches dance and theatre to children ages 3-19. She resides as the Acting Coach at Temple Music Studios where she also assistant directs and choreographs their shows. She is currently working on Beauty and the Beast JR. Angela is a performer herself and most recently played Peggy Sawyer in the tap dancing musical, 42nd Street. This will be Angela’s second summer at KP as the Theatre Director.


Logan lives in Tuscon, Arizona and worked as a child care worker and mentor in a group home for dependent youth. In January, he took one of the kids down to Orlando, Florida where they both competed in the Disney World Half Marathon after training for three months. In his free time, Logan plays in the Tucson Ultimate Frisbee League and volunteers/performs at Odyssey Storytelling, a storytelling group based in downtown Tucson. This will be Logan’s fourth summer at KP, and he is the Assistant Program Director for Logistics.


Stephanie graduated this month from Elon University in North Carolina. She recently was student teaching in a high school math class, and in the fall she will be teaching high school math in Virginia. This year she has traveled to Ireland and Italy, and she plans on going to Peru at the end of the year. Stephanie is so excited to be returning for her third year as a drama instructor.


4 Homesickness Prevention Strategies

Summer camp is an opportunity for children to gain independence while making friends and enjoying a range of activities, from canoeing and kayaking to campfires and baseball. For some kids, feeling homesick is a part of the camp experience.

Homesickness is a common source of stress for parents, but the good news is parents can also play a major role in helping their children overcome homesickness at summer camp by preparing them ahead of time.

How Common is Homesickness?
About 96 percent of campers who spend at least two weeks at summer camp have some amount of homesickness at the start of their stay, according to the American Camp Association. Homesickness is a normal response to being separated from a familiaFreinds at the beach | Kingsley Pines Campr environment, and the degree of homesickness often depends on the child’s age. Children with previous camp experience, as well as those who were involved in the decision to go to camp and those who can use coping strategies like writing letters home, generally have reduced anxiety.

This homesickness usually passes quickly. It’s often a short-term interruption to what is otherwise a very positive experience. In fact, most kids who initially felt homesick look forward to returning to camp the next year.

Prepare Your Child with Sleepovers
If your child has never spent a night away from home before, it can help to prepare your child with sleepovers at a friend’s house. The first few times your child can call or text you if they need to, but make it a goal to get through the sleepover without contact, because that’s how it will be at camp.

Discuss What to Expect at Camp
It’s also important to address any concerns your child has about the camp experience. If your child is worried about something specific, try to help him or her figure out some solutions themselves. Visit the camp website with your child. Looking at pictures of the camp grounds and facilities, along with the schedule of activities, can make the setting more familiar before they arrive. Give your child as many details as possible about what to expect, including what his or her days will entail. This can help reduce anxiety and create a sense of excitement.

Write Letters
Feeling isolated at camp can worsen homesickness. Writing letters back and forth lets your child express his or her feelings and feel closer to home. Let your child know you will send regular postcards and letters, and pack them plenty of paper and pre-stamped, addressed envelopes so they can write you, too.

Encourage Friendship and Connections
Let children know you want them to have fun and make friends, and express how proud you are that they have the courage to go to camp. Let them know their new friends will be there to help when they need it, and they can always get help from camp counselors, who can help them adjust to camp life and get through any anxiety. Encourage your child to not only make friends but also participate in plenty of activities.

At Kingsley Pines, we know it can be difficult for kids to be away from home for the first time. Our staff offers the support and guidance first-time campers need to relax, have fun, and enjoy the benefits of attending a summer camp. Your child will have a positive experience; in fact, we guarantee it.

Call Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine toll free at 855-799-7788 or 207-894-9030, email us at, or find us online at We can answer any questions you might have, schedule a tour of our camp and assist you in registering your child for camp.

The Countdown to Summer Camp Has Begun! Are You Ready?

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It was starting to feel like winter would never release its icy grip on New England, but April is here is and sure enough, the countdown to summer camp has begun.

Our staff is busy preparing Kingsley Pines Camp for another exciting year of fun adventures and memory making, and we hope you’re ready to join us.

With less than three months until summer camp begins, here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your child are ready.

Research your summer camp and enroll

This first step is perhaps the most important for first time campers as it allows the camper and the family to learn about the daily routine, activities and culture of the camp the child will be attending to see if it will be a good match. Be sure to enroll early, as waiting until the last minute can limit a child’s options or even prevent them from being able to attend. We want every child to get to experience a summer at Kingsley Pines, so start planning now if you haven’t already.

Plan and pack

Depending on how long your child is attending camp will determine what they’ll need to bring to camp. Sit down with your child a few weeks in advance and make a list. While it’s important to make sure they have the essentials like plenty of socks, sunscreen and toothpaste, it’s also wise to bring a few comforts of home like photographs of family or a favorite stuffed animal.

Get excited!

Summer camp is a special event that only happens once a year but provides enough memories for the rest of the year. Taking time to find answers to questions you and your child might have will better prepare you both for the child’s time away from home.

Feel free to contact Kingsley Pines with any questions at (Toll Free) 855-799-7788 or 207-894-9030, or visit us online at

Enroll your child for a summer of memories and fun now!

Call Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine toll free at 855-799-7788 or 207-894-9030, email us at, or find us online at We can answer any questions you might have, schedule a tour of our camp and assist you in registering your child for camp.