Like many of our campers, the Nobles Day Camp staff considers the camp a second home. Many of our staff have been at the camp for over ten years. Nobles is known for the balance of staffing between adults, college students, and high school students. The Head Counselors are qualified and experienced staff members, with many being educators and/or parents. They lead a team of caring, energetic counselors, many of whom are former Nobles Day Camp campers.  Here’s more about our fantastic staff:


  • 45% of our staff is made up of adults, parents and/or schoolteachers
  • 40% are college students (many majoring in education fields)
  • 15% are high school students (usually previous campers and/or CITs)
  • 73% return each year to work
  • 28 is the average staff age

You may be wondering how many counselors are dedicated to any number of campers.  The counselor-to-camper ratios are according to age groups:  Owls Nest is 1:4, groups entering 1st grade is 1:5, groups entering 2nd and 3rd grades is 1:6, groups entering 4th-7th grades is 1:7, and groups entering 8th and 9th grades is 1:10. These ratios do not include the activity and pool staff or the leadership team.  The total camp counselor-to-camper ratio is 1:3.


Year-Round Leadership

Beth Johns-Thomas, Director

I am thrilled to be a part of the Nobles Community! I have been a summer camp director for the past 30 years in both day and overnight camps, profit and not for profit and most of my time has spent directing camps at Independent Schools. I love working in camp! Camp to me is about friendships, community and learning something new, encouraging staff to do their best work with campers and most of all having FUN! My wife and I live in Nashua NH, we have four adult children and an amazing granddaughter. In my spare time I enjoy photography and quilting and most of all rooting for the Red Sox!




Gary Ross, Assistant Director

It is my honor to be a part of the Nobles Day Camp community. I have a passion for providing children with fantastic growth experiences surrounded by incredible role models, and am glad to be a part of providing extraordinary moments to all of our campers. I have been involved in the camp industry for 20 years, working at a premier sleep-away camp in New York, where I have held Group Leader, Staffing Director, and Program Director positions. I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience to Nobles. I am looking forward to my wife, Bridget, my son, Max, and my daughter, Rosie, also being a part of the Nobles community for many years to come.




Colleen Collins, Camp Administrator

I started working at Nobles Day Camp in the summer of 2014 as the Co-Head Counselor of 1B. I loved working with the 1’s families and meeting all the wonderful 1st-grade campers. My children and I looked forward to spending our summers at Nobles Day Camp.  In September 2016 I was hired as the Camp Administrator of the Day Camp Office where I’ll be helping parents plan the best summer possible for their children by answering phone calls and emails, processing changes to registrations and managing payments and weekly communications. I look forward to meeting and helping all the Nobles Day Camp families.


Summer Leadership Team

Terri Cojohn, Big Camp Aquatics Coordinator, Heidi Brown, Program Coordinator/EMT, Dan MacIsaac, CIT Coordinator, Bill Wallace, CIT Coordinator, Beth Johns-Thomas, Director, Gary Ross, Assistant Director, Jess Jarvis, Owls’ Nest Coordinator, Kim Nehiley, Owls Nest Health Office, Colleen Collins, Camp Administrator, Janine Schultze, Owls Nest Aquatics Coordinator


 Owls Nest

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Jess Jarvis, Owls Nest Coordinator

I have been at Nobles Day Camp since 2010, first as a Head Counselor as well as in the office. As I counselor, I loved going to boats and swimming in the Owls pool every day! As the Coordinator of the Owls Nest program, I feel so fortunate to be able to be a part of every nest and activity! During the school year, I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at the FJECC at Temple Israel in Boston. I also coordinate the Extended Day program and manage the school’s social media and web presence.




    Kim Nehiley, Owls Nest Health Office








Owls Nest Office:  Jess Jarvis,  Kim Nehiley, Shelagh Sabourin, Sharon Connolly


Marco Pisano, Joel Chamberlain, Dan Morris, John Randall, John O’Leary, Bill Tompkins

 Big Camp Medical Staff

JoEllen Doyle, Sheila Bennett, Rena Hall

 Big Camp Office Support

Britt Young, Maren Raposo, Colleen Collins, Sandra Wainwright