BNC Summer Camp Staff
We believe that a great camp experience begins with a great staff. To ensure a high-quality camp experience, we provide staff with training before the start of camp and throughout the summer, giving them the tools and strategies needed for a successful summer. Camp leadership also supports continued staff development by providing educational resources, daily check-ins, and evaluations throughout the summer.
Well-trained counselors and junior counselors build a safe and supportive atmosphere where campers can learn, have fun, and share in the joy and excitement of the outdoors. Low counselor-to-camper ratios ensure that children stay safe and are engaged with role models who are creative, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic.
Staff Selection Criteria
We hire a diverse staff, many members of whom are in college or have graduated with an environmental or education degree. We also hire high school students who are former campers and teens from our Youth Leader program to act as junior counselors. We look for counselors who have experience working with children, who are caring and compassionate, and who will join in the fun and silly atmosphere of camp.
All staff must pass background checks and receive training in safety, child development, and nature study. Camp staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Junior counselors receive additional training through the Leaders-in-Training program or BNC’s Youth Leaders program. They are at least 16 years of age and are partnered with and directly supervised by camp counselors.
Camp Director: Kim Baker
Kim Baker joined the Boston Nature Center in 2013 as assistant camp director, and fell in love with the amazing camp community. In addition to her role as camp director, she is an education coordinator at BNC and works during the school year with the Boston Environmental Schools Initiative Program (BSEI) to support, mentor, and coach Boston Public School teachers with environmental education curriculum integration.
Prior to joining Mass Audubon, Kim worked in urban environmental education outreach in New York, Western Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She holds a master of science in environmental education and a bachelor of arts in environmental studies.
Camp Director: Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly has been BNC’s camp director for the past eight years, before which she served as camp director at a sleep-away camp. Erin fell in love with camp as a child in New Jersey and continued on over the years as counselor, waterfront director, program director, and assistant director prior to becoming camp director.
During the year Erin is an education coordinator at the Boston Nature Center, where she combines her camp experience with 15 years of experience in outdoor environmental education to design programs that meet the needs of urban audiences. She directs and coordinates BNC teacher-naturalist staff for public programs, school field trips, and the Youth Leader program. Erin earned her bachelor of science in environmental science from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a master of science in environmental education from Antioch University New England. She is also a certified preschool director.
Assistant Director: Chelsea Gutierrez
Chelsea Gutierrez began as assistant camp director in 2015. Before that she was a camp counselor at Boston Nature Center Day Camps. Chelsea is also a teacher-naturalist at the Boston Nature Center, educating children about nature through her work with schools, field trips, public programs, and birthday parties.
Prior to beginning work at the Boston Nature Center, Chelsea received a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has also interned with Mass Audubon since 2013.
What Others Are Saying . . .
“Great counselors, lots and lots of nature learning and outside time, plenty of unstructured play, and great attention to safety (my son has a severe food allergy and the staff is extremely responsive and careful).”
“This camp is excellent. We attended for 4 weeks and there wasn't a day that my kids didn't enjoy. You all do such a great job on race/gender diversity of counselors, which I think is one of the best things about this camp.”