As Owners & Directors of Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge it gives us great pleasure to share our heartfelt feelings about our camps, our campers, our counselors and our staff. This is a very special place for us. We've owned and operated CE/CBR for more than a quarter of a century. Although the camp was founded in 1920, we're only the second owners. Our approach to summer camp is simple, traditional and time-tested.
We like to say, "If you close your eyes here, its like you're going back to the 1950's." Our summer camp is a calm, respectful and unencumbered environment where adults and children have assembled together a culture and value system that respects and honors one another, and nurtures new and young campers as they become contributing members of our camp family.
We both have our Doctorates in Education; we were college professors and have spent our lives building our dream summer home for children and their families. All of our own children have been campers and counselors at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge and our son, Adam, is one of our Camp Directors. We look forward to the day when our young grandchildren begin their journey as campers at Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge.
We hope you and your family will visit us this summer to meet everyone at CE/CBR and learn firsthand what makes our summer camps so special.
Adam Baker, the Director of Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge, works with children, parents and staff to create an exceptional summer camp experience. Adam believes in the profound impact summer camp can have on one’s character while growing up, or working, in an environment that embraces integrity, compassion, and tradition.
Adam began at Camp Equinunk as a camper in 1991, followed by 14 years as a camper, counselor, group head and administrator. Adam then worked for 3 years as the Director of a private day camp in East Hampton, NY where he gained invaluable and diverse professional experiences before returning to work alongside his parents Sheryl and Richie at CECBR in 2007.
Completing his B.A. in Psychology at Tulane University with a focus on child education, Adam then attended an Emergency Health Management and Paramedic program at The George Washington University where he went on to become the first Paramedic to volunteer with the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association.
Adam is deeply committed to professional development within the camp industry and is on the steering committee of several American Camp Association NY-NJ conferences and initiatives as well as having served on the board of the Wayne County Camp Alliance.
As a passionate advocate for youth development, Adam is involved with many philanthropic organizations and is a highly engaged volunteer with SCOPE (Summer Opportunities Promote Education) which provides children from underserved communities with life changing opportunities through the experience of summer camp. Close to Adam’s heart is the work he does as a founding board-member of The Zander Fund which awards athletic scholarships to inner-city youth who demonstrate tolerance and sportsmanship.
Nicki Alpern, an Assistant Director of Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge works with campers, parents, and staff to ensure a positive, caring, and warm summer camp environment. She has felt firsthand how the camp experience can promote growth, leadership, and self confidence in children.
Nicki’s camp story began in 1996 as shy camper at a residential camp in The Catskills. Over 17 years there she excelled as a camper, counselor, group leader, and program director. She is passionate about the camp experience which she feels made her who she is today both personally and professionally.
At Tulane University, Nicki received a B.S in Psychology with a focus on child development. While at Tulane, Nicki frequently volunteered in (Post-Katrina) New Orleans and spent time participating in Habitat For Humanity and providing tutoring for inner city children. Nicki was inspired to take her work with children abroad and spent two years working as an Elementary School English Teacher in Madrid, Spain. Along with her continuous work at summer camp, Nicki’s education and work experience fostered a greater passion and understanding of youth development which brought her to work at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in 2012.
Nicki is an active member of the community and serves on the American Camping Association “Emerging Professional in Camping” Committee where she also supports and volunteers for SCOPE (Summer Opportunities Promote Education).
Lizzy Lean, is a year-round Assistant Director who works with campers, parents, and staff to capture the magic of overnight camp. Through the beliefs of Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge’s “WIN” philosophy, Lizzy believes that her Wholesome, Inclusive, and Nurturing attitude radiates through the campers, staff and parents.
Reflecting on her seventeen years of experience as a Blue Ridge camper, counselor, group head, and parent, Lizzy understands the complexity of overnight camp. She builds relationships with the campers, helping them navigate social life and group dynamics, focusing on inclusivity and empathy. She creates partnerships with parents built on trust and honesty. Lizzy communicates effectively with families about all aspects of their daughters’ camping experience throughout the summer and winter months.
After graduating from Muhlenberg College in 1998 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Sociology, Lizzy became an elementary school teacher in Boynton Beach, Florida. Lizzy’s involvement at her children’s preschool at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton led to her being hired as the Director of Synagogue Engagement. Both previous experiences have prepared Lizzy for the multi-faceted aspects of being an Assistant Camp Director.
Lizzy continues to grow and learn through professional development, particularly with the American Camp Association. Lizzy shares her expertise in camping as a presenter at the American Camp Association Tri-State Conference.
She believes that Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge creates a lifetime community through friendships, traditions, and unwavering spirit.