7586 State Route 8, Brant Lake, NY 12815

More Mature Key Staff

Through Four Generations and over 100 years of private ownership, Brant Lake Camp has always taken pride in being a place - "Where Sports Are Done Right"

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 five Directors, Rich, Bob, Karen, Dave and Andy, 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.

Key Staff

Rich Gersten 40+ Rick Brunt 31
Bob Gersten 40+ Dave Cramoy 27
Andy Berlin 20 Max Gersten 23
David Cutler 34 Mani Cadet 16
Kate Camnitz 13 Tom Riley 10
John Vaslowski 24 Rick Kozlowski 27
Nick Maske 12 Hamish Cooper 8
Irwin Cohen 40+ Blake Pearson 11
Zach Cohen 9 Scott Parker 7
Irwin Cohen 40+ Alexa Minion 7
Adam Stoner 3 Merrin Meltzer 10
Bill Gillet 34 Sophi Berlin 10
Joe Patrick 5 David Ohring 15
Austin Anderson 4 Jon Rothman 3
“Sizzle” Franklyn 12 Eli Franze 2

Administrative Key Staff

Mieks Gersten 30 Karen Meltzer 40+
Jen Gillet 11 Sandy Norcross 40+
Charlie Maxam 21 Abu Yardmici 25
Beth Bernstein 5

 

Coaches (Coached at Middle School, High School or College Levels)

Rich Gersten Dave Cramoy Andy Berlin
Bob Gersten David Cutler John Vaslowski
Rick Brunt Zach Cohen Nick Maske
Stuart Champion David Ohring Orley Fields
Adam Stoner Bill Gillet Dane Smith
Ray Abellard Anthony “Moc” Jordan Baltimore
Ben Barley Tony Dacosta Chris “Moo” Haynes
Rachel Milim Jayne Katz Chris Riley
Althea White Ryan Hantverk Trystan Dafydd
Danny Bernstein Josh Hayes

Counselor Staff

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.