Camp Staff

Barrie Camp staff members are patient, enthusiastic, and playful. They understand how to manage camper safety and well-being. They create a joyful culture and develop close relationships with campers. Counselors understand each camper’s needs and offer trusted guidance and support.
All Barrie Camp staff have undergone interviews, multiple reference checks and criminal background investigations. They participate in a comprehensive, pre-camp training program as required for accreditation by the American Camp Association.

Staffing and Supervision Ratios

Two or three staff members are assigned to each group depending on number of campers. Average number of campers per group is 18.

Staff to camper ratios are set by the American Camp Association. The staff to camper ratio are:

  • Lower Camp - 1:6
  • Middle Camp - 1:8
  • Upper Camp - 1:10
Staff Positions

Leadership Team Members are experienced professionals with degrees in education or a related field. They are available to provide support to campers and their families. They ensure program quality, supervise specialists, create weekly schedules, plan overnights, and coordinate special event days..

Two Registered Nurses are on duty during the regular camp day. Staff trained in First Aid are on site from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.

Programming Specialists lead programs, each having relevant college degrees or specific training, experience, or certifications. Generally, 75% of our program staff return from one summer to the next.

Camp Counselors are enthusiastic, caring, and well-trained. Senior Counselors range in age from 18 to 21 and are enrolled in college. Junior Counselors are rising Juniors and Seniors in High School. Counselors are expected to keep campers safe, be mindful of individual needs, and provide friendship, encouragement and support. Campers often value the relationships with their counselors above any other aspect of the camp.

Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are rising Sophomores in High School who are full-time volunteer staff assigned to assist Junior and Senior Counselors and Specialist.

Camp Year Round Leadership



Director of Camp - Dan Hayden oversees the Summer Camp and school year Extended Day program for 1st through 8th grades. He has a Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership from Touro University in Nevada. A former Barrie student, counselor, and camp administrator, Dan brings years of experience and a genuine love of Barrie to the job. Dan is a life-long camper and believes in the fundamentals and social skills that the camp environment offers to kids of all ages.

Assistant Director of Camp - Ryan Burke has been with Barrie Camp since 2010. He believes that collaboration and community building are important skills. He is also the Extended Day Coordinator for Grades 1 through 8 during the school year. A graduate of American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre, he could previously be seen throughout the DC area in professional theatrical productions, predominantly with Ford’s Theatre and as a Resident Company Member of ArtsCentric in Baltimore. 

Camp Nurse - Kirstie Abernathy has a passion for working with families, listening to their concerns, and helping them to achieve their individual healthcare goals. Kirstie is a registered nurse with over 13 years of experience in pediatrics. She has a love for working with children of all ages. She is most excited to serve as the school and camp nurse at Barrie because it allows her the opportunity to utilize her nursing skills and help students and families maintain a healthy lifestyle through health promotion and disease prevention education initiatives.




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