Year Round Team:
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 can be reached at Ian@blackbearlake.com and loves talking to new families, current families, alumni, staff and ANYONE who wants to discuss camp!
Heidi Hersh – 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!
Jennifer Graf – Office Manager
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.
Denny Schmidt – Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor
Denny has worked at Black Bear Lake since 2001 where he makes sure everything on our 40 acre campus is running smoothly. There is nothing Denny can’t fix or build and he takes great pride in knowing our facility is always safe, clean and well-maintained. Denny works with Ian and his dedicated team of workers and contractors on improving the facility in every aspect possible. With two children who attend camp, Denny understands first-hand what it takes for each child to have that special summer experience.