Moose Hill Camp: Our Staff
Staff Selection Criteria
Our caring, well-prepared counselors are actively engaged in teaching and playing with campers. All staff members bring their enthusiasm for outdoor exploration, a desire to educate, and a compassionate heart for children. Counselors are 18 years of age or older, and many are college students majoring in science, psychology, or education.
All are CPR and first-aid certified and trained in the use of EpiPens. Assistant counselors are at least 16 years of age. Prior to the start of camp, all staff members undergo background checks and participate in training.
Camp Director: Shawn Moriarty
Our director is Shawn Moriarty. Shawn grew up in Storrs CT, and attended UCONN. He has worked with summer camps and outdoor education programs for 34 years around the country. Shawn has a BA in Asian American Relations and an MA in Environmental Education. Shawn is a firm believer that children need to spend time in nature as often as possible, and that time at camp can play an incredibly important role in the development of a child.
Assistant Camp Director: Michael Acciavatti
Michael is our full time Teacher Naturalist and acts as one of the Assistant Camp Directors during the summer. He is an enthusiastic champion of our camp program, eagerly mentoring campers and staff as well as supervising our Adventure Day Trip Camp. Since graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Forest Biology Michael has taught environmental education throughout New England, worked as a classroom teacher, and worked in the tree care industry. In his spare time he takes his son on new adventures, sings, and donates to American chestnut research.
Peeper Camp Lead Teacher: Patti Austin
Patti has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and has worked at Moose Hill for over 20 years. She coordinates our public programs, Halloween Prowl, and Maple Sugaring Festival, and loves teaching preschool programs. During the camp season, “Miss Patti” teaches the morning program of most Peeper Camp sessions, welcomes campers to the Before Camp program, and supervises the Leaders-in-Training program.
Art Camp Lead Teacher: Susan McCarthy
Susan has been a part of the Moose Hill team for many years in the roles of Art Camp Lead Teacher and School Program Teacher Naturalist. She also designs and teaches our Preschool Science and Nature programs. Susan loves that the different weekly art camp themes gives both her and the campers opportunities to explore a variety of media and many different projects throughout the summer. (Her favorite medium? Yarn!)
See what people are saying...
“There is no better place to be! We love the hikes! Our counselors are great! —Campers (siblings ages 4, 6, & 8)