One of the key factors that differentiates Brant Lake Camp from others is that we have more mature counselors—who we call our “Key-Staff”, than any other camp that we’re aware of.
In addition to our Directors, Rich, Andy and Max, who have over 100 years of experience as Directors of BLC, we have more than 30 other Key Staff members. These staff members represent the backbone of our Counselor Staff and provide the mature, daily leadership and oversight in every one of our Mini-Camps. This Key Staff group, who is mostly comprised of teachers and coaches, total close to 500 years of experience at Brant Lake Camp and are among the most favorite staff we have among the kids.
Having so many Key Staff allows us to accomplish well so many things we do within our program that make it special and different from other camps. The role of our Key Staff also insures that we can stay close to your son and get to know him in a truly meaningful way. Lastly, they help ensure the of the special things we do within our program and ensures the warmth, spirit, guidance, safety and healthy fun for which we are known.
|Rich Gersten||40+||Blake Pearson||10+|
|Bob Gersten||40+||Alexa Minion||8|
|Andy Berlin||25+||Hamish Cooper||8|
|Max Gersten||25+||Rick Kozlowski||30+|
|David Cutler||35+||Sophia Berlin||10+|
|John Vaslowski||25+||“Sizzle” Franklyn||10+|
|Zach Cohen||20+||Jon Rothman||15+|
|Rick “Doc” Brunt||35+||Rhodri Dafydd||5|
|Billy Gillet||35+||Jill McKissock||9|
|Nick Maske||15+||Zach Wehmeyer||7|
|Adam Stoner||8||Merrin Meltzer||10+|
|Joe Patrick||10||Eli Franze||3|
|John Stewart||10+||David Ohring||15+|
|Mani Cadet||20+||Austin Anderson||5|
|John Seebach||6||Kate Camnitz||10+|
Administrative Key Staff
|Mieks Gersten||35+||Karen Meltzer||40+|
|Jen Gillet||15+||Sandy Norcross||40+|
|Charlie Maxam||25+||Abu Yardmici||30+|
|Beth Bernstein||10+||Maureen Wohlgemuth||7|
Coaches (Coached at Middle School, High School or College Levels)
|Rich Gersten||Andy Berlin||Max Gersten|
|Bob Gersten||Dave Cramoy||David Cutler|
|Rick Brunt||Zach Cohen||Nick Maske|
|Ray Abellard||David Ohring||Chris Carrano|
|Adam Stoner||Bill Gillet||Dane Smith|
|Danny Bernstein||“Sizzle” Franklyn||Eli Franze|
|Rachel Milim||Tony Dacosta||Chris “Moo” Haynes|
|John Vaslowski||Luca Milanovic||Raul Pastor|
|Althea White||Nesta Felix||Balasz Nagy|
|Karol Najmik||Josh Hayes||Chris Gilkes|
The faculty at Brant Lake consists of over 100 carefully chosen people gathered from colleges and universities throughout the U.S.A., Great Britain and other countries.
The most important attributes that we look for in prospective counselors are that they:
- Enjoy spending time and having fun with kids
- Are great role models
- Are nice human beings
Everything else is secondary as a boys summer will most clearly and primarily be influenced by our ability to have counselors who embody the above, build strong relationships with their campers and provide positive feedback.
These young men, as well as a few superb young women who work with our younger groups, are screened and selected from many applicants on the basis of integrity, character, reliability, warmth, personality, and a sincere desire to work with kids. Many have special skills and are excellent coaches and teachers– but their primary responsibility is to spend quality time with kids.
While most camps hire counselors as Specialists or as Generalists, (the latter are often made to feel that they are the least important among the staff), we believe that camps that hire counselors primarily as Specialists (i.e.- to be a basketball or baseball instructor, etc.), are making a critical mistake. We want every counselor to know that their first responsibility is to the boys in their bunk. Secondly, to the boys in the age group that a counselor is living with. And thirdly, but still important, to the activity in which he can best be helpful to our Key Staff. Almost no one teaches the same activity for more than half of their day (common exceptions are some tennis pros or waterfront staff). This also keeps counselors from getting burned out in their areas of expertise. The rest of the day, most all counselors serve as Generalists, traveling and spending more time with the boys in their group as well as being their ‘big brothers’.
Each new counselor participates in a well-planned and thorough five-day, pre-camp orientation program, which covers our camp philosophy, values, policies and traditions, as well as offering specific instruction and guidelines in dealing with the needs of our campers. Follow-up meetings with Key Staff and Directors occur at regular intervals throughout the camp season.
The ratios of campers to counselors varies by age group, starting at a level of 2 to 1 in the younger groups. Most importantly, these ratios are based on our ability to oversee both the physical and emotional safety of every child in camp as well as provide the kind of individual attention and instruction that our campers thrive on.