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.
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.
Claire Trainor, Assistant Director
I first joined the Nobles Day Camp community in 1988, starting as a seasonal counselor and CIT coordinator and spending school years working as an Early Childhood teacher. I joined the NDC team full-time in 2005 as the Assistant Director, where I work closely with the leadership team and oversee the campers and counselors. My favorite part of my role is watching campers and counselors alike fall in love with Nobles Day Camp just as my own children and I did.
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, working 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 a co-coordinator of the Owl’s Nest, 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. In my spare time, I am completing my master’s degree in Jewish Early Childhood Education at Hebrew College.
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, First Aid and Small Craft Safety (rowboats, canoes, and kayaks). 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.
Bob Murphy, Operations Coordinator
I am the Operations Coordinator at Nobles Day Camp and am celebrating my 25th Anniversary at NDC this summer. During the off-summer months, I am a Grade 6 Math Teacher at the Bird Middle School in Walpole MA. I have three daughters, (Erin, Kara, and Meghan) all who graduated from Nobles Day Camp. I have four grandchildren, two of whom (Alexis and Liam) have attended NDC, while the other two (Nolan and Anders) are anxiously awaiting to turn three years of age so that they can attend ‘camp’ just like their mother, aunts, and cousins have. Erin and Kara were both campers and moved on to counselors. My youngest daughter, Meghan, is the Head Counselor in Group 5B having started at Nobles as a camper in 2A, a CIT, Group Counselor and now is a Head Counselor. My wife, Barbara, works full-time for Noble and Greenough School as the Assistant to the Director of Buildings and Grounds. She has been at B&G for almost 25 years. As you can see, Nobles has been a big part of our family’s life for a quarter of a century now, and we can’t think of a better place to spend our summers!
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.
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!!!
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!
Jayne Blake Strafford
This will be my first year at nobles day camp. I work as an RN at Brigham and women’s hospital. I have two children, 7-year-old twins, Justin and Ava. I do a lot of volunteering at their elementary school and I love working with the kids. I have a BSN.
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.
My name is Sandra Wainwright, and I started working at Nobles Day Camp in 2008. I am an assistant teacher for the Needham public schools. Each school year, I teach a different grade and help students with special needs. I also work at an after school program as a community coordinator and bring in fun service learning projects for the program. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, taking long walks on the beach and playing with my three cats. I love being a part of all the exciting activities that Nobles Camp offers and getting to know all the campers.
Lindsay Murphy, Owls Nest Support
I’ve been working at Nobles since 2014. During the year, I teach kindergarten in the Natick Public Schools. My favorite thing about camp is absolutely, positively the sports game, Messy Backyard.
2019 is my second year working at Nobles. During the year, I work in the Natick Public Schools. My favorite thing about camp is seeing all the smiling faces!
I believe I’ve worked at Nobles since 2011 and I was a camper here back in the ’70s. During the year, I teach Math at Brookline High School. My favorite thing about camp has been coming here together with my three boys all these years.
I’ve been working at Nobles since 1993. Yes, that’s 25 years! I am also an integrated preschool teacher in Dedham, MA. My favorite thing about camp is everything: the staff, the kids, the fun, the whole environment!
I was a camper at Nobles when I was a teenager. Now I’m back working here as an adult. During the year I am a Physical Education teacher at Wellesley High School. I also coach football. My favorite thing about camp is seeing my own two children so excited to come.
2019 is my first year working at Nobles Day camp. I’m very excited to meet the campers and experience all the activities and age groups. As a Husband, Dad, and middle school teacher I can’t wait to share my high energy and fun experiences with all the new Owls I meet this summer.
2018 was my first year working at Nobles. During the year, I teach Special Education in Florida! My favorite thing to do at camp is to engage with the campers during activities.
I started working in Nobles in the summer of 2005 as an assistant counselor in the Eights. The next year, I moved up to Head Counselor with the Eights and spent nine more summers in that amazing group. In July of 2015, I became a mom to an amazing little boy, Leonardo. I have been awaiting the day when Leo would be old enough to start at Nobles as in the Owl’s Nest and that time is finally here! During the school year, I work as a Middle School Special Education Teacher in Newton, holding my Master’s degree from U Mass Boston. My favorite thing about Nobles is the sense of community I feel like a part of the staff and I am looking forward to introducing my son to my summer family too!