Our founders are seasoned camp veterans, but also members of a growing movement: a concerned coalition of individuals and organizations, who are passionate about making sure our children are prepared to meet the challenges of a changing world. Included among our ranks is the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which seeks to change our nation’s education framework, by integrating the “4 C’s” into what’s taught in the classroom: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills. While the Partnership’s research, and many of their recommendations, are slowly gaining recognition, our founders have seized the opportunity to put the 4 C’s to practice, by incorporating them into many aspects of our camp community.
We are grateful to have our founders’ guidance here at Everwood, because we know that we’d be hard pressed to find a group that’s more committed to child development–or more capable of using summer camp to deliver it–than our founding team.
Meet the Team
Scott is our principal founder and fearless leader. Along with Everwood, Scott also owns and operates Kenwood and Evergreen–conjoined boys and girls overnight camps in Wilmot, New Hampshire.
A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Boston College Law School, when Scott’s not at camp, he’s usually advocating on its behalf. He recently completed a 6 year stint as the National Vice President of the American Camp Association (ACA), currently serves on the ACA’s Non-Cognitive Skills Task Force, and routinely presents at national conferences on the subjects of summer camp, child development, and youth leadership. But most importantly, he is the father of A.J., who loves second grade!
To learn more about Scott, his ideas, and the philosophy behind Everwood, check out his latest article for Camping Magazine, “Teaching the Skills that Children Need to Succeed.”
Jaime and Dane Pickles
Jaime and Dane, who are also Everwood’s Co-Directors, have been here since the beginning–helping us imagine camp’s outcomes, activities, and everything in between. Along the way, they’ve orchestrated our Open Houses, welcomed countless first time campers and families, assembled a stellar staff, and even started a family of their own. For more about the Pickles and why they love camp, check out their full bios in the Meet the Team section.
Andy is the father of two, the President of the NY/NJ division of the ACA, and the owner of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown, New Jersey, which serves 1000–yes, 1000–campers throughout the summer. That means Andy is also a logistics wizard, with an unrivaled understanding of the challenges–and rewards–that operating a day camp present. We’ve been fortunate to have him aboard at Everwood, and as we continue to grow, Andy’s insight remains a valued resource.
While it’s unclear to us where he finds the time, Andy also managed to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars last year for the New Jersey Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For his effort, Andy was named Bordentown’s 2013 Man of the Year. And while that’s a pretty cool award, that’s not the only contest he’s won in his day: back in 1995, Andy and his rock band won the television talent show Star Search. As the only member of our founding team that’s able to say they’ve shook Ed McMahon’s hand, we’ll concede that Andy might also be the Most Interesting Man at Everwood.
For all about Andy and his experiences in summer camping, read his recent interview in U.S. 1 Magazine.
A self-proclaimed Camp Geek, Steve was recruited to Everwood’s founding team for his insight into camp life, his appreciation for the growth it affords campers, and his ability to articulate the many places that these life skills may be applied afterwards. His wisdom comes from experience: before returning to his camping roots, Steve was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, these days Steve and his wife Susie run Camp Champions in Marble Falls, Texas, where they also live with their four children.
Last year, Steve had the opportunity to speak at a TED event, and can you guess what he chose to talk about? That’s right, CAMP–why he loves it, and why it’s more important now than ever before. For eleven of the most interesting minutes you’ll have all day, take a look at Steve’s presentation.