EKC's Passionate and Devoted Staff
Our staff includes social workers, teachers, graduate students and JCC professionals. Counselors and specialists from across the United States and around the world are chosen for their special skills and sensitivity to the needs of children.
We have a 3:1 camper-to-staff ratio; all staff are certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and first aid. Most staff members are from Pittsburgh, Ohio, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Florida; 10 to 20 staff members are from London and Manchester, England, and 8-12 of our staff are shlichim from Israel; 75% of our staff were once campers at EKC.
We are committed to providing your child with the best counselors and specialists possible. To do this, we create a team atmosphere at camp, where each staff member is trained to understand that camp is bigger than any one person. The staff selection process is competitive, requiring references, an in depth interview and background check.
Our staff range from students entering 12th grade (Junior Staff) to college graduates and older. Each staff member participates in a 6-day training at the beginning of the summer. We offer multiple on-going training sessions throughout the summer that include professional guest speakers who can recharge and re-direct our staff.
Each program area of camp is led by a well-trained specialist. Many of our specialists are employed in their specialty area, as professional Jewish educators, artists, sports coaches, or actors. Each of our pool and lake staff is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard and has participated in a rigorous water safety training program at camp. Our ropes course staff are also appropriately trained and certified.
Meet our team
Aaron brings a unique blend of more than 15 years of professional camping experience, with time spent as the Camp Director at both YMCA Camp Chingachgook and JCC Rochester’s Camp Seneca Lake, before joining the JCC in Pittsburgh’s Emma Kaufmann Camp as Director in 2018. Aaron’s knowledge of our Jewish camping partners extends to the JCCA, Foundation for Jewish Camp, and JCamp180. Additionally, Aaron has immersed himself in the camping field serving in leadership roles with the New York State Camp Directors’ Association and the American Camp Association.
Aaron is a proud camp dad and both his daughters are EKC campers, who love Camp just as much! Aaron enjoys anything and everything baseball related, spending time with friends and family, and perfecting his hair braiding skills (he’ll gladly accept any hair braiding challenge).
Aaron’s passion for Camping comes directly from his most impactful experience as a Jewish teen – when we attended Jewish overnight camp for the first time. This single summer has led to a career and Jewish journey unlike any other. Without a doubt, Aaron leads a Jewish life, today, because of Jewish Camp and he looks forward to creating the environment for other Jewish children to have the life-defining experience he did.
Assistant Camp Director
Brooks Weaver, Assistant Camp Director, has spent over half of his life at EKC, beginning in 2002 as a Kineret Camper. He has held many positions as camp including Counselor, Unit Head, and Program Director. Before joining camp full time, Brooks worked as the Program Director in the Sports and Recreation Department at the JCC. Brooks grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Brooks’ favorite part about camp is building relationships with campers and staff. He enjoys coaching youth basketball, spending time with his family, and rooting for the Philadelphia 76ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Director of Staff Engagement
Jordyn is a Graduate of University of Michigan, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Judaic Studies and was most recently serving as the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Israel of Westport in Connecticut. In her earlier days, Jordyn attended Tamarack Camps as a camper and eventually as a staff member, serving most recently as their Director of Family Life and Logistical Operations. Jordyn also served as the Regional Director of Jewish Enrichment for BBYO in Metro Detroit. Jordyn is excited to be part of the EKC team and cannot wait to bring her love of Camp to Morgantown and Pittsburgh. Most of all, Jordyn is looking forward to working with the EKC summer staff to create an environment of high performance, collaborative problem solving skills, flexibility, creativity, and support.
Operations & Business Manager
Sarah Nutter is EKC’s Business Manager and is working towards her third summer at Emma Kaufmann Camp. Sarah has been a staff member at the JCC in Pittsburgh for over 4 years and in this role, she has manages camper transportation, parent communication, licensing and accreditation processes and all day-to-day operations in the camp office. When at camp and not in the office working diligently with our parents and staff, you can find Sarah down on Cheat Lake driving boats, hanging with our highly trained lifeguards at the pool or around camp walking her beloved dog, Nova. Sarah is a graduate of Westminster College where she earned her Bachler in Science in Business Administration. Sarah looks forward to another successful summer at EKC!
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Scott is our Camp Social Worker. He is at camp every Thursday to spend time with staff and help them with various concerns. Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Social Work. Scott has worked in the social services field for 23 years. He has supervised a residential treatment program and currently oversees a student assistance program and mental health community outpatient program. He currently resides in the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Employment at EKC
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