Like many of our campers, the Nobles Day Camp staff considers the camp a second home. Many of our staff have been at the camp for over ten years. Nobles is known for the balance of staffing between adults, college students, and high school students. The Head Counselors are qualified and experienced staff members, with many being educators and/or parents. They lead a team of caring, energetic counselors, many of whom are former Nobles Day Camp campers.
- 45% of our staff is made up of adults, parents and/or schoolteachers
- 40% are college students (many majoring in education fields)
- 15% are high school students (usually previous campers and/or CITs)
- 73% return each year to work
- The average staff age is 28.
Counselor to camper ratios according to age groups*:
Owls Nest 1:4
Entering 1st grade 1:5
Entering 2nd & 3rd grade 1:6
Entering 4th – 7th grade 1:7
Entering 8th & 9th grade 1:10
*These ratios do not include the activity and pool staff or the leadership team. The total camp ratio is 1:3.
Emily Parker, Director
I have been involved in camping for over 40 years, as a camper, CIT, counselor, Division Leader and Camp Director. Before joining Nobles Day Camp as Director in 2003, I was with the MetroWest YMCA for 16 years. I love being part of a community that exists entirely to promote youth development, foster relationships between children and positive role models, and enhance fun and a love for learning through experiential activities.
Claire Trainor, Assistant Director
I first joined the Nobles Day Camp community in 1988, starting as a seasonal counselor and CIT coordinator and spending school years working as an Early Childhood teacher. I joined the NDC team full-time in 2005 as the Assistant Director, where I work closely with the leadership team and oversee the campers and counselors. My favorite part of my role is watching campers and counselors alike fall in love with Nobles Day Camp just as my own children and I did.
Colleen Collins, Camp Administrator
I started working at Nobles Day Camp in the summer 2014 as the Co-Head Counselor of 1B. I loved working with the 1’s families and meeting all the wonderful 1st grade campers. My children and I looked forward to spending our summers at Nobles Day Camp. In September 2016 I was hired as the Camp Administrator of the Day Camp Office where I’ll be helping parents plan the best summer possible for their children by answering phone calls and emails, processing changes to registrations and managing payments and weekly communications. I look forward to meeting and helping all the Nobles Day Camp families.
Ellen Sexton, Owls Nest Co-Coordinator
I have worked with children my whole life. As an educator for the Dedham Public Schools I taught first and second grade for thirty seven years. I have been working in the Owl’s Nest for twenty years. Nobles is what my family did for summer. My son loved his many years as a camper, counselor and operations team member. He grew up and I still stayed. I love NDC and especially the Owl’s Nest. Every summer is like reuniting with family. I love watching our littlest campers grow in confidence and skills while having fun.
Jess Jarvis, Owls Nest Co-Coordinator
I have been at Nobles Day Camp since 2010, working as a Head Counselor as well as in the office. As I counselor, I loved going to boats and swimming in the Owl’s pool everyday! As a co-coordinator of the Owl’s Nest I feel so fortunate to be able to be a part of every nest and activity! During the school year I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at the FJECC at Temple Israel in Boston. I also coordinate the Extended Day program and manage the school’s social media and web presence. In my spare time, I am completing my masters degree in Jewish Early Childhood Education at Hebrew College.
Heidi Brown, Aquatics/Safety Coordinator
I have been working at Nobles since 2005. Among other roles, I have led the boating activity, served as program director and train the boating and aquatics staff prior to the start of camp. My main focus is risk management, observing activities to make sure we are safe while having fun and coordinating our compliance with American Camp Association Standards. I am an American Red Cross Instructor, training and certifying Nobles Day Camp staff in Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid and Small Craft Safety (rowboats, canoes and kayaks). I am also a Massachusetts EMT-B. During the school year, I am a high school history teacher at Thayer Academy; I also coach girls’ soccer and downhill skiing. I keep coming back to camp because I was a camper myself, first at a day camp and then at Girl Scout resident camps. In time, I coached sail racing, served as CIT director and became an assistant camp director. I come back to THIS camp, Nobles Day Camp, because the staff are experienced and caring, and there is a sense of community here. Many of the staff return year after year–and if they are no longer able to work at camp, they stay in touch with camp friends, both from their days as campers and from their years as staff. A cohesive staff is the starting point for providing good experiences for kids. (Those of us who are teachers especially like working with kids here, where there are no tests or homework!) Finally, the camp leadership is top-notch. There is no other camp I want to work at; the commitment to providing kids with a terrific camp experience underlies everything we do.
Bob Murphy, Operations Coordinator
I am the Operations Coordinator at Nobles Day Camp and am celebrating my 25th Anniversary at NDC this summer. During the off-summer months, I am a Grade 6 Math Teacher at the Bird Middle School in Walpole MA. I have three daughters, (Erin, Kara, and Meghan) all who graduated form Nobles Day Camp. I have four grandchildren, two of whom (Alexis and Liam) have attended NDC, while the other two (Nolan and Anders) are anxiously awaiting to turn three years of age so that they can attend ‘camp’ just like their mother, aunts and cousins have. Erin and Kara were both campers and moved on to counselors. My youngest daughter, Meghan, is the Head Counselor in Group 5B having started at Nobles as a camper in 2A, a CIT, Group Counselor and now is a Head Counselor. My wife, Barbara, works full-time for Noble and Greenough School as the Assistant to the Director of Buildings and Grounds. She has been at B&G for almost 25 years. As you can see, Nobles has been a big part of our family’s life for a quarter of a century now, and we can’t think of better place to spend our summers!
I am on the operation team at Nobles Day Camp. This is my 25th summer as I started as a camper in the Owls Nest. Prior to working in Operations I was a counselor for many years. When not at camp I am a Police Sergeant and EMT in a local town. I enjoy spending summer days at Nobles Day Camp.
I’ve been working for Noble and Greenough School as a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2003. I started working at Nobles Day Camp in 2008 in a variety of positions.
I am a retired firefighter and entrepreneur. I started working at NDC in 2009. This is my second job at a summer camp. I first worked at a camp in the Adirondacks in Northern Pennsylvania. During the off season I coach softball at Walpole HS and do transportation at a local car dealership. I have an ABS in Civil Engineering. I have two daughters, Morgan who is a nurse, and Kelly, who is a teacher. The best thing about camp are the friendships that I make with other employees and campers.
There are three registered nurses on site during camp hours. Many of our staff are certified in CPR and First Aid. The entire camp staff is trained on how to use an EpiPen. Parents have the right to review background check, health care, discipline policies and grievance procedures upon request.
Sheila Bennett, Camp Nurse
I have been a camp nurse at Nobles Day Camp since 2001 and have loved every minute of it. I am a school nurse for the Town of Dedham and teach CPR as well. The best thing about working at Nobles Day Camp are the staff and the campers. They bring so much energy to the day, and there is always something fun going on.
Karen Mulhern, Camp Nurse
This is my first year at Nobles. I am excited to be working with such a great group of staff and campers! I have been a nurse for over thirty years. I have worked in Medicine/Hematology, Cardiology, and HomeCare/Hospice. I have spent the last ten years as nurse/classroom assistant/ yoga teacher for some of the kindergarten children in the Needham KASE Program. My favorite thing about Nobles is the staff. The care, attention, and kindness they extend to the campers is impressive!
Penny Casey, Camp Nurse
My name is Penney Casey and I am excited to join Nobles Day Camp this year as one of the nurses! This is my first summer here, and I have come to see what a great place this is for both the campers and the staff. I currently work as a school nurse in the Public Schools of Brookline MA, and previously worked many years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I have a daughter who is also attending Nobles Day Camp and she loves it! I enjoy seeing the children being active, having fun, making new friends, and learning new skills. I also appreciate the dedication that I see within the staff and administration and the safe and caring atmosphere at Nobles Day Camp. I look forward to helping keep your kids healthy!
Kim Nehiley, Owls Nurse
I started working at Nobles Day Camp as the Owls Nest Nurse in 2015, and I loved it! During the rest of the year, I am a substitute school nurse at a number of school districts in Massachusetts, and a stay at home Mom. I also work in the medical tents of the Marathon, Half marathon, and Jimmy Fund Walk. My daughter, Annabelle, is a camper in big camp. I love being a nurse, and I love getting to know the campers; seeing them having fun and keeping them healthy and safe. The Owl’s Nest is like a small family, and it makes for a wonderful and fun summer!
This is my 25th. year at Nobles. I’m a retired 7th. grade science teacher from Newton Public Schools. The lifelong friendships I’ve made at camp are my favorite thing about Nobles Day Camp.
My family has been an enthusiastic Nobles family since 2010. I love Friday Cookouts: picnicking under the trees and dancing to DJ Mike’s sweet summer tunes. When not at camp, I’m a high school English teacher and mom of 3.
I’ve been working at Nobles since 2012. During the year, I teach special education in Westwood, MA. The people I work with at Nobles are my favorite thing about camp.
I’ve been working at Nobles since 1993. Yes, that’s 25 years! I am also an integrated preschool teacher in Dedham, MA. My favorite thing about camp is everything: the staff, the kids, the fun, the whole environment!
I was a camper at Nobles when I was a teenager. Now I’m back working here as an adult. During the year I am a Physical Education teacher at Wellesley High School. I also coach football. My favorite thing about camp is seeing my own two children so excited to come.
2014 was my first year at Nobles and my first as a head counselor in 5B. Before working at Nobles, I worked at another camp for five years. During the school year, I was studying for my masters in education and will be teaching tenth grade English at New Mission Hill High School in Hyde Park next year. My favorite thing about camp is getting to know all of the campers and making sure that they have the best summer ever.
Hi I’m Liz and I’ve been working in 1C since 2011, but I’ve been going here since I was 3! I attend Westfield State, and I’m studying to become an Occupational Therapist. One of the many things I love about camp is how much fun everyone always has every summer, both kids and staff. I’m looking forward to another great summer and can’t wait to meet everyone!
Hi! My Name is Jeff, and 2016 is my first year at Nobles Day Camp. During the year I am a student at Tufts University where I also play football and run track & field.