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.
- 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
- The average staff age is 28.
Counselor to camper ratios according to age groups*:
Owls Nest 1:4
Entering 1st grade 1:5
Entering 2nd & 3rd grade 1:6
Entering 4th – 7th grade 1:7
Entering 8th & 9th grade 1:10
*These ratios do not include the activity and pool staff or the leadership team. The total camp ratio is 1:3.
Emily Parker, Director
I have been involved in camping for over 40 years, as a camper, CIT, counselor, Division Leader, and Camp Director. Before joining Nobles Day Camp as Director in 2003, I was with the MetroWest YMCA for 16 years. I love being part of a community that exists entirely to promote youth development, foster relationships between children and positive role models, and enhance the fun and a love for learning through experiential activities.
Gary Ross, Assistant Director
I am honored and thrilled to be joining the Nobles Day Camp community. I have a passion for providing children with fantastic growth experiences surrounded by incredible role models, so I am incredibly excited to be joining Emily and Colleen and their team in providing extraordinary moments to all of the campers who attend Nobles Day Camp. I have been involved in the camp industry for 20 years, working at a premier sleepaway 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 (5), and my daughter, Rosie (18 months), 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.
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 Owl’s 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.
Heidi Brown, Aquatics/Safety Coordinator
I have been working at Nobles since 2005. Among other roles, I have led the boating activity, served as program director and train the boating and aquatics staff prior to the start of camp. My main focus is risk management, observing activities to make sure we are safe while having fun and coordinating our compliance with American Camp Association Standards. I am an American Red Cross Instructor, training and certifying Nobles Day Camp staff in Lifeguarding, CPR, and First Aid, and I ensure our boating staff is trained in small craft safety. I am also a Massachusetts EMT-B. During the school year, I am a high school history teacher at Thayer Academy; I also coach girls’ soccer and downhill skiing. I keep coming back to camp because I was a camper myself, first at a day camp and then at Girl Scout resident camps. In time, I coached sail racing, served as CIT director and became an assistant camp director. I come back to THIS camp, Nobles Day Camp, because the staff is experienced and caring, and there is a sense of community here. Many of the staff return year after year– and if they are no longer able to work at camp, they stay in touch with camp friends, both from their days as campers and from their years as staff. A cohesive staff is the starting point for providing good experiences for kids. (Those of us who are teachers especially like working with kids here, where there are no tests or homework!) Finally, the camp leadership is top-notch. There is no other camp I want to work at; the commitment to providing kids with a terrific camp experience underlies everything we do.
I am on the operation team at Nobles Day Camp. This is my 25th summer as I started as a camper in the Owls Nest. Prior to working in Operations, I was a counselor for many years. When not at camp I am a Police Sergeant and EMT in a local town. I enjoy spending summer days at Nobles Day Camp.
Bill Tompkins, Operations Coordinator
I started working at Nobles in 1981, and I have been here ever since. I am retired now, but I coached girls soccer and boys baseball and taught physical education in the Walpole Public Schools for 42 years. My favorite thing about camp is meeting all kinds of new people.
Hello! I started coming to Nobles Day Camp back in 2002 when I was in 2B. I went all the way through the CIT program and worked in the Owls Nest for 6 years. 2019 is my eighteenth year at camp and I still can’t get enough!! During the year, I work in retail in Dedham, MA. Camp has taught me how to have fun at any time, in any situation. My favorite thing about camp would have to be the environment. Working every day with people that WANT to be here, that WANT to have fun and WANT to provide a safe, enjoyable camp experience. There’s nothing that I love more than this camp. I cannot imagine a summer without Nobles, I hope this fun never ends!!!
I started working at Nobles in 2013 and the time has gone quickly! I spent the first several years as a head counselor at archery, and then moved over to the operations side of camp. During the year I work as a Social Studies teacher at a local high school, along with coaching the high school girls tennis team. I have an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science, and a Masters in Secondary Education. In terms of family, my wife and I are expecting our first child soon! I enjoy the collegial atmosphere at Nobles and love being able to help campers make life-ling memories.
I’m on the Operations team at Nobles Day Camp. 2021 is my 14th summer as I started as a camper in the 1s. Prior to working in Operations, I was an OLS activity staff member for a summer. Outside of camp, I’m a college student studying Criminal Justice. I enjoy working with my Ops team as we make a difference!
There are three registered nurses on site during camp hours. Many of our staff are certified in CPR and First Aid. The entire camp staff is trained on how to use an EpiPen. Parents have the right to review background check, health care, discipline policies, and grievance procedures upon request.
Sheila Bennett, Camp Nurse
I have been a camp nurse at Nobles Day Camp since 2001 and have loved every minute of it. I am a school nurse for the Town of Dedham and teach CPR as well. The best thing about working at Nobles Day Camp is the staff and the campers. They bring so much energy to the day, and there is always something fun going on.
I’ve been working for Noble and Greenough School as a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2003. I started working at Nobles Day Camp in 2008 in a variety of positions.
I started working at Nobles Day Camp as the Owls Nest Nurse in 2015, and I loved it! During the rest of the year, I am a substitute school nurse at a number of school districts in Massachusetts, and a stay at home Mom. I also work in the medical tents of the Marathon, Half marathon, and Jimmy Fund Walk. My daughter, Annabelle, is a camper in the big camp. I love being a nurse, and I love getting to know the campers; seeing them having fun and keeping them healthy and safe. The Owl’s Nest is like a small family, and it makes for a wonderful and fun summer!
I started working at Nobles in 1993. I’m a retired 7th-grade science teacher from Newton Public Schools. The lifelong friendships I’ve made at camp are my favorite thing about Nobles Day Camp.
I started working at Nobles around 2009 as a head counselor in 2B. In 2019, I moved into the camp office. During the school year, I teach for the Needham Public System. I’ve been an assistant teacher for 24 years working in grades K to 5th grade. I also bring in and coordinate community service projects for children to engage in at a local after school program in Needham. I enjoy seeing the children get involved with all the fun activities that Nobles has to offer.
Hi, my name is Shelagh and I started working at Nobles Day Camp in 2014 as the Head Counselor in the Orange Nest before transitioning to the Owl’s Office. Each summer I love getting to know the campers. Watching them have fun, make friends and become more independent brings me such joy! During the year, I work at an Early Intervention Program in Boston. My three boys have all come to camp at Nobles and we wouldn’t want to spend our summers any where else!