Dream Big With Us!
For more than three decades, our family has been dedicated to enriching children's lives through the camp experience. Each family member is a camp expert in his or her own right. Together, we have complementary skill sets that are unmatched in the field of camp.
At Coleman Country Day Camp, we create a real family feeling for all of our campers and staff. Our special brand of fun, warmth, encouragement, and learning—that's The Coleman Way.
Ross, a former fifth grade teacher, is the Director of Coleman Country. Having grown up through the ranks at Coleman Country—from camper to counselor-in-training to assistant counselor to counselor to supervisor to director—his experience and know-how are unparalleled. He understands the operation of camp from every vantage point: friend to campers, mentor to staff, partner to parents. As an advocate for the camp experience, Ross is past president of the New York State Camp Directors Association. He is chair of the American Camp Association's annual Day Camp Conference and is a board member of Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education (SCOPE), a fundraising group that annually sends more than 1,600 underserved children to camp. He is a Standards Visitor of the American Camp Association , part of the peer accreditation program. In addition, Ross is a frequent speaker at educational events sponsored by the ACA.
Kelli, Ross' wife, joined the family with a complementary set of skills that enables her to seamlessly add value to the Coleman experience. Kelli holds a B.A. in Journalism from Northern Illinois University with a focus on public relations. She is a certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, and fitness-nutrition specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She also is a certified nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition. During the school year, in addition to her camp role, Kelli is a fitness and nutrition consultant.
George is a founding Director of Coleman Country. Formerly an educator and administrator, he served on the national board of the American Camp Association and is a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Department of Health Camp Safety Advisory Committee. He is also a board member of the Association of Independent Camps, an ACA Standards Visitor, and founding chairman of NYCAMP (New York Children's Advocates Making Progress).
Marla, also a founding Director and a former teacher, is past president of the American Camp Association , where she was elected by her peers to lead the 8,000+ member world-class organization. She is a national spokesperson for the camp experience, helping to spread the word that "camp gives kids a world of good." Marla is co-author of a book for camp directors (with her daughter-in-law Jessica). She also writes a parenting blog, "Happy Trails."
Jordan, who also is a Standards Visitor (that's how he met his wife, Jessica!), is a consultant to the family. A creative engineer, he is an industry expert on site, facilities, organization, and technology as they relate to camp. Coleman Country consistently reaps the benefit of his vast knowledge, which he applies to our state-of-the art systems and amenities.
We Admit It–We Can't Do It Alone...
Our counselors also are carefully selected men and women—college students, teachers, and professionals with education and camp experience. We are highly selective, identifying people who will be positive role models and who love working with children. Then, we employ multi-layered methods of checking their credentials, including background checks, and personal references.
Once hired, our staff members go through intensive training workshops led by our supervisory team as well as some of the country's leading child development experts. Our goal in staff development is to empower our counselors with the tools and techniques to become not only “big friends” to our campers, but also to be their nurturing coaches in truly life-defining emotional situations.
Our staffers are special people who get right in there and join the fun as active participants and supporters. Cheering loudly, singing energetically, coaching third, returning a serve, lending a hand–Coleman Country staff members are there for our campers every step of the way to ensure an amazing summer experience for each child.
Together, we create a community rooted in heart. Our guiding principles emphasizing respect, responsibility, safety, and fun, create a set of shared values that help children not only feel good about themselves, but become good people. We like to think of Coleman Country as a place where we coach the 4th “R” after Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmatic—Relationships.
"Coleman Country takes kids by their hand, but touches
each and every heart."
Coleman Country Staff Member