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!
Director of Programming
Heidi began working at Black Bear in the summer of 2001. She began her career as a Junior Camp Division Leader, and quickly moved up to her current position as the Director of Programming. Heidi spends the fall and winter months planning the summer programs including Specialist’s projects and curriculum, Special Events, and yes, Color War! In addition, she designs and creates all of BBL’s Marketing materials, including calendars, newsletters and brochures. During the summer, Heidi can be found walking throughout the campus making sure the Specialists and campers have everything they need to ensure a successful and fun day at 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.
The staff really seems to enjoy their work. So much to do there it’s amazing. She can’t wait for next summer!!!