People ask us, how did you decide to devote your professional lives to Camp Chateaugay?
For each of us, it was really quite automatic: We love the outdoors, we love working with children and teens, and we think camp is one of the best experiences a child can have – not only for having fun and for their physical well being, but also for priceless lessons that help them grow into mature and responsible adults.
That is why we do all we can to help form a tight camp community here every summer.
A little about each of us:
Hal has a degree in education and was a former teacher. He began his camp career in 1978 and acquired Camp Chateaugay in 1989. He is incredibly dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe environment for children to explore and experience the outdoors through new or much loved activities. He spends winters in Connecticut with his daughter Claire.
Summer camp has been a huge part of Mitch’s life since he was a camper at Camp Chateaugay as a child and has played an integral part of his development as an adult. He came to camp through his mother who was a camper there in the 1950’s. So it would be safe to say that Camp Chateaugay runs in his blood. After his years as a camper, he progressed to counselor, Unit Leader, Assistant Director and eventually Co-Director. As an uncle to 17 nieces and nephew’s, Mitch developed a tremendous affinity with children. His passion to empower children led him to volunteer his services at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a children’s summer camp for kids with cancer in South Hero, VT. He also assisted in starting Camp Daydreams, a non-profit summer camp for inner city youth in Rochester, NY. Prior to becoming Camp Chateaugay’s Co-Director, Mitch worked in the film industry. During that time, he always stayed connected to Camp Chateaugay as the head of alumni outreach. His vast experience in summer camping, his love of the outdoors and his commitment to enrich the lives of children all contribute to an unstoppable camp spirit that he uses to makes camp an unforgettable experience for the campers.