Simply put…Ian is camp and camp is Ian. He began his career as a camper, counselor, Division Leader and administrator at a traditional day camp in New Jersey. Ian has only missed 2 summers at camp since he was 3 years old! He takes pride in his hands on approach to camping. His personal leadership and spirit is reflected in Black Bear Lake’s rich traditions, extraordinary staff, and quality program. Ian is an active member of the American Camp Association and regularly attends and participates in industry events and conferences in order to find ways to further improve the camp experience. Ian graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics and a focus on Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He lives in Howell with his wife Dara, whom he met at summer camp!
Ian loves talking to new families, current families, alumni, staff and ANYONE who wants to discuss camp!
Jenn is the voice on the other end of the phone when you call camp. She began working at BBL in 2013 as the Transportation Director. More recently, Jenn serves as the camp office manager and coordinator, as well as overseeing all camp communication and registration. Staffing and staff training rounds out her ever growing list of camp tasks. Jenn has grown to understand the true power of camp.
Gabe has spent most of his adult life working at camps in NJ. Throughout his camp tenure he has worn many hats, including: mountain biking specialist, head of boating, and division leader. He joined Black Bear Lake in 2017 and has spent the last two summers as a Division Leader for Lower Camp. This summer, Gabe is excited to be transitioning to the role of Activities Coordinator. His favorite part of Black Bear is without a doubt Color War (which can happen at any time!). He is extremely grateful that he gets to help campers and families create positive memories that will last a lifetime. When not at camp, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jaimee, hiking, kayaking, and playing chess.
Emilie joined the Black Bear Lake family in 2003 as a Group Leader within the Cub Division. After 4 years, she was promoted to Assistant Division Leader in Lower Camp and eventually Lower Camp Division Leader. After a small hiatus, Emilie returned to Black Bear Lake in 2013 as Cub Division Leader and remained in that role until 2018 before spending one summer as an Upper Camp Division Leader. We are happy to announce that Emilie has now transitioned to Specialist Coordinator. You can always see Emilie smiling as she walks around camp! She loves to watch the campers learn new skills as they participate in their electives around camp. Emilie currently lives in Freehold with her husband Rob, a Black Bear Lake alumni, and two children whom both attend camp. Her favorite part of working at Black Bear Lake is meeting lifelong friends who become family.
Tom joined the Black Bear Lake family in 2020 with a lifetime’s worth of experience in both commercial and residential construction. He relationship with Ian goes back to the 7 years he served as the Facility Director at the same private day camp. Tom also has 20+ years’ experience as the Owner/Operator of a local soccer camp servicing both Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Tom works hand in hand with Ian and his dedicated team of workers and contractors on improving the facility in every aspect possible. He lives in Brick with his wife Lorraine. His 3 children attended and worked as counselors at day camp. Tom is very grateful for the experience his children had at summer camp.