Meet Our Directors

Dave Skolnik

Dave Skolnik has been a part of the TLC Family of Camps for close to 30 years, starting his “camp career” as a camper at Timber Lake in the early 1990s.  A Cornell University graduate, Dave has an extensive background in camp management, program planning, staff development and communicating with parents and campers on a regular basis. Bringing a contagious sense of excitement and spirit to camp, Dave is committed to providing HCDC campers and families with the best possible experience. Dave’s oldest daughter, Madison, is looking forward to attending sleepaway camp after six amazing seasons at HCDC, while his youngest, Peyton, is already counting down the days for an awesome summer in the 6 Year Old Girls!

Dave also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the TLC Family of Camps, of which Hampton Country is a proud partner.  Additionally, Dave is the founder and Director of a popular youth athletic development program called FAST (Fitness & Athletic Skills Training) which provides age-specific programs for multi-sport skill instruction, motor skill development and performance training…HCDC campers love participating in FAST at camp too!

As a strong advocate for the camp experience for all children, Dave is very involved in the nonprofit organizations SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge) and Morry’s Camp which raise money to provide underserved communities with resident summer camp experiences and year-round youth development programs. In addition, he is also an active member in the American Camp Association, having served on the ACA-NY/NJ Executive Board.

Doris Rosen

dorisDoris Rosen, who holds a Master’s degree in Education and has extensive experience working with young children, adolescents and college students, has been a part of the TLC Family of Camps since 1998 when she began her camp career at North Shore Day Camp where she specialized in overseeing the care and supervision of the Stepping Stones Program.

Doris prides herself on developing close relationships with both campers and their parents. She has been instrumental in implementing our camp mission of teaching children the skills of making and keeping friends while building their self esteem, self confidence resilience. She still maintains relationships with her former campers, some of which go back over 15 years.

Doris works closely with the parents of her campers and potential campers throughout the year. She becomes intimately involved in addressing the concerns of parents whether they be making the decision to send their children to camp or regarding concerns that arise during the summer.

Doris is passionate about hiring, training and supporting the well -being of HCDC summer staff. She does all that she can to help ensure that they, especially our international staff, feel happy and secure both in deciding to travel abroad and during the summer season. Doris believes that Happy Staff results in Happy Campers!

Doris is the mother of three children who have attended Timber Lake Camps since they were toddlers and continue to work for the TLC Family of Camps as adults. This helped both Doris and her family to understand and embrace the value of the camp experience. This experience has resulted in each of Doris’ children having met their spouses at HCDC and its sister Southampton Camp and Club. Most important in Doris’ set of values has always been helping her own children to develop the standards to navigate the challenges of life. She is proud that she has been able to accomplish and extend that goal to the children at HCDC as well.

Jane Olshever

Jane Olshever has been the full-time Associate Director of Hampton Country Day Camp since its inception in 2007. With more than ten years of camp experience and over 15 years of event planning, Jane brings a wealth of knowledge to the HCDC leadership team. She is extremely respected by campers, staff, and parents alike, and works closely with all of our camp families year-round to provide a warm and energetic ‘camp connection.’ Jane’s spirit, energy and compassion are demonstrated through everything she does for HCDC, whether it be managing many of the day-to-day camp operations or working closely with parents to provide a summer experience second to none!

With two children who’ve attended and worked at camp for over 10 years, Jane understands first-hand what it takes for each child to have that special summer experience and hopes to deliver exactly that for

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all of our HCDC families.

Justin Barilla

Justin Barilla has been with Hampton Country Day Camp since its inception in 2007. Over the past 16 summers, Justin has taken on various roles at HCDC including Division Leader, Transportation Director, and currently as the Assistant Director. Justin has been working in the camp industry for the past 25 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Literacy from LIU CW Post. He is currently working on a post-graduate administrative degree from Queens College. Justin has a passion for working with children year-round. Currently, Justin is a (5th grade) primary school teacher for the NYC Department of Education in Queens, where he has been working for the last 17 years. His wife Allie also works at HCDC  as the Division Leader for our 2.5 – 3 Year Old Mini Day Groups.  Justin is a proud dad of 3 boys and his oldest two, Roman (8) and Miles (6), can’t wait to return for another amazing HCDC season!

 

Jay Jacobs – Executive Director

jayJay Jacobs is President and CEO of The TLC Family of Camps, which owns and operates Hampton Country Day Camp. Since 1980, Jay has overseen the acquisition, growth, development and operation of three of the most respected and highest quality sleep away camps in the Northeast (Timber Lake Camp, Timber Lake West and Tyler Hill Camp) along with one of the premier day camps on Long Island (North Shore Day Camp).

Jay, once a camper himself, worked his way up to owner/director while still in law school. He is the founder and past chairman of the charitable organization SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge), which sends over 1000 disadvantaged youth to accredited not-for-profit camps each summer.

In addition, he has served as President of the New York Camp Directors’ Association, Chairman of the American Camp Association’s Tri-State Camp Conference, President of the New York Section of the American Camp Association (the largest Section in the Country representing over 300 camps throughout the Northeastern United States), and, on recommendation of the New York State Health Department, was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to the New York State Camp Health & Safety Council, serving for nine years.