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 almost 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. 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 also count down the days till Summer! Aaron enjoys anything and everything baseball related, spending time with friends and family, and perfecting his hair braiding skills.
Aaron is looking forward to working closely with the JCC, EKC, and broader Jewish communities to build incredible memories for campers and staff alike and to maintain the exceptional traditions, programming, and reputation at EKC.
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.
Operations & Business Manager
Sarah Nutter is EKC’s new Operations and Business Manager effective Monday, November 19th. Sarah has been a staff member at the JCC in Pittsburgh for the past 2 years as the Office Manager at J&R Day Camp. In this role, she has managed camper transportation, parent communication, licensing and accreditation processes and all day-to-day operations in the camp office. During the offseason, Sarah has assisted with Club House, the JCC’s afterschool program and other Children, Youth and Family Division efforts throughout the year. Sarah is a resident of Ross Township. After graduating from North Hills High School, she attended Westminster College where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During college, Sarah was a competitive swimmer and played lacrosse. Sarah is very excited to join the EKC team and make the leap into overnight camping. She is most looking forward to meeting all the campers and families in the months ahead.
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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