The Hampton Country Staff

Second to None in Attracting, Training, and Retaining Outstanding Camp Staff

Hampton Country Day Camp’s formula is unique. We take pride in a professional staff development program that includes an extensive recruitment and interview process, background checks, and an ongoing, comprehensive training program unsurpassed in the camping industry.

The Highest Standard of Professionalism

dunking-a-basketball Our Leadership Team is a highly trained and dedicated group of exceptional professionals. Group counselors and specialists, joining us from all around the world, are carefully selected utilizing a thorough interview process, complete with reference and background checks.

Year-round staff training programs employ the services of top psychologists and child development experts for both our Leadership Team and general counselor staff.

Our innovative evaluation process enables our Leadership Team to work closely with their counselor staff. Our staff salaries, amongst the highest in the industry, ensure a wide pool of quality applicants and keep our quality staff returning year after year.

Small Groups With Exceptional Supervision

gymnasticsHampton Country Day Camp is committed to small groups and high staff to camper ratios so that we can best supervise your child and keep YOU informed. Division Leaders and counselors review each camper’s day, EVERY day. Phone calls are made home regularly by Division Leaders to keep you up to date regarding everything from your child’s swim progress to new friendships to what they ate for lunch. We feel that communication is essential in facilitating the most secure environment for our campers and we look forward to partnering with our camp families every summer.

Hampton Country Day Camp’s commitment to the health and safety of every child is unsurpassed. At HCDC, a child’s emotional safety is as important as his or her physical safety. Every member of our staff undergoes an extensive training program to ensure that your child is being supervised while having the best summer possible.




Sammi Strahl – 2 Year Olds

Sammi is thrilled to be joining us for her first summer at Hampton Country Day Camp as our 2 Year Old Division Leader! During the school year, Sammi is a licensed social worker at a private elementary school on the Upper West Side. She has developed expertise working with children with special needs and is exceptionally sympathetic to the individual needs of her students. She can’t wait to translate these skills to camp and establish new and meaningful relationships with her campers and their families.

Sammi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU. She attended sleep away camp for many summers as both a camper and counselor and believes that camp has helped to shape her into the person she is today. Sammi is so excited to combine her love of children with her love of camp as she spends the summer with our youngest campers. She is looking forward to welcoming our 2 year olds for the first of many fun and exciting summers at HCDC!


Allie Barilla – 2.5 & 3 Year Olds

Allie is thrilled to be working with some of our youngest campers this summer as a Stepping Stones Division Leader. This will be Allie’s eighth summer at Hampton Country Day Camp having previously worked as our theater specialist, music specialist and 8-12 Year Old Division Leader.

Allie is currently a stay at home mother of two and a part-time private voice and piano instructor. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and is currently attending Columbia University Teachers College to receive her Masters in Music Education with a specialization in voice pedagogy and private studio teaching. Allie is so excited to spend the summer with our newest campers and camp families as they experience the joy of an HCDC summer for the very first time!



Angelica Gonzalez – 3 Year Olds & 4 Year Olds

Angelica is so excited to be returning to HCDC for her fifth summer as a Stepping Stones Division Leader for 3 & 4 Year Old Groups!  During the school year, Angelica is a kindergarten teacher in New York City and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

Through these experiences, Angelica has learned to create a fun and nurturing atmosphere for young children. Angelica can’t wait to meet all of her campers and she is committed to ensuring that every young child will experience social, physical and creative growth this summer!



Barbara Marder – 4 Year Olds

Barbara, returning to HCDC for her eleventh summer, comes with many years of both professional and life experience with young children. Barbara has always stayed closely connected to camp, especially while raising her two daughters who both attended day camp as well as sleep away camp for many years. Barbara is the proud mom of two professional elementary school teachers and a proud grandma to a 6 year old grandson, 4 year old granddaughter and another one on the way!

Barbara has taught several years of kindergarten in the Half Hollow Hills School District on Long Island where she currently teaches 4th Grade. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and School Administration. With over twenty years in the field of childcare, Barbara is invested in getting to know each child and responding to his/her individual needs.

Barbara prides herself on establishing close relationships with her counselors as well as developing consistent and attentive communication with parents. Barbara provides a safe, happy and nurturing environment for our younger campers and is looking forward to welcoming our 4 Year Old campers and their families to camp this summer.




Sheri Silver – 5 Year Old Girls

Sheri is thrilled to be celebrating thirteen dedicated years here at HCDC! She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University in Sociology and Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Adelphi University.

Sheri brings with her many years of experience working with and educating children.  She teaches 6th grade during the school year in the NYC public school system.  With over 20 years of experience in camping, Sheri brings an abundance of knowledge, understanding, and guidance to the campers and counselors in her division.  Sheri excels in teaching conflict resolution and communication skills, encouraging self-resilience, and independent thinking.  She is always there to guide our 5 year old campers through a terrific camp experience.


 Jenny Speicher – 6 Year Old Girls

Jenny is eager to return to Hampton Country Day Camp for her eighth summer and third as the Division Leader for our 6 Year Old Girls!

During the school year, Jenny teaches 4th grade in New York City.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland in Childhood Education and is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Molloy College. Jenny cannot wait to put her spirit and energy into her leadership position and to help create a summer to remember for her division of 6 Year Old Girls!


Danielle Levine – 7 Year Old Girls

Danielle is so excited to be a Division Leader this year having worked at HCDC for the past 5+ summers as a sports specialist and Senior Counselor!  During the school year, Danielle is a Physical Education teacher on Long Island and she can’t wait to meet all of the girls in the 7 year old division (some of whom may have been in her group a few years ago when she was a Stepping Stones counselor!).

Danielle holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Touro University – she is so excited to combine her passions for working at camp and working with children in her new leadership role!


Mollie Rosen – 8 – 12 Year Old Girls

Mollie is looking forward to returning to HCDC for her tenth summer. Having previously attended our sister camps, North Shore Day Camp , Timber Lake West, and returning to North Shore as a counselor for four additional years, Mollie maintains that she holds the record for most years accrued at the Timber Lake Family of Camps.  She will tell you that there is no place on earth that she’d rather be!

Mollie is a kindergarten teacher at a public school in New York City and holds a Master’s Degree in Childhood Special Education. Mollie is thrilled to combine her love of children with her love of camp for another spirited summer at Hampton Country Day Camp!




Jarrett Culotta – 5 Year Old Boys

Jarrett couldn’t be more excited to return to HCDC for his ninth summer! Having spent the first six summers as a Senior Counselor on “boys’ side”, Jarrett is looking forward to returning for his third summer as our 5 Year Old Boys Division Leader. Although Jarrett never attended summer camp growing up, he immediately connected with HCDC during his first summer and it is always the highlight of his year!  During the school year, Jarrett is an elementary school teacher at St. Davids in NYC!

Whether at school or at camp, Jarrett emphasizes the importance of establishing and maintaining a meaningful, personal connection with his students and campers. This helps to ensure that each camper has the absolute best summer experience possible!


Zack DePetris – 6 Year Old Boys

For the past nineteen summers, Zack has called HCDC his summer home. Born and raised in Sag Harbor, Zack attended HCDC as a camper and is excited to continue his role as the 6 Year Old Boys Division Leader. Before starting as a Division Leader in 2018, Zack spent a number of summers as a 5 Year Old Boys Senior Counselor.

Zack is currently a Special Education Teacher in New York City.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education from Syracuse University, and recently completed his Master’s Degree as a Literacy Specialist at Columbia University.

Zack is a passionate educator and is dedicated to creating an engaging space for every camper. He believes that camp has helped to shape him into the person he is today and that every child should have the opportunity to experience the wonders of camp. He cannot wait for this upcoming summer and to be back at HCDC!



Cabel Alfriend – 7 Year Old Boys

Cabel is back at HCDC for his seventh summer and once again continuing as the 7 Year Old Boys Division Leader! During the year, Cabel is an 8th grade teacher at the Windward School in Manhattan.

Cabel has worked in summer camp since his early teens, and through his camp experience, has developed a strong passion for working with children. More than anything, his goal is to make sure that every child has the opportunity to have fun, learn, and form meaningful connections with new friends. Cabel strongly believes that camp is the perfect place for this to be achieved!

Cabel is looking forward to a great summer full of fun and excitement!


Paul McDermott – 8 – 12 Year Old Boys

Paul hails from Dublin, Ireland and is excited to be returning for his eighth summer at HCDC and fifth as the 8 – 12 Year Old Boys Division Leader!

Paul’s experience working with children is extensive.  He has developed expertise working with children with special needs and is exceedingly sensitive and responsive to the needs of his campers.

Paul has received the CIPD Award in coaching and mentoring from the National College of Ireland and has recently received his professional diploma in Sports and Exercise Psychology. He is also a fully qualified basketball coach. Paul will attend University College Dublin to continue his studies in Sports and Exercise Management.

Paul enjoys being active and loves the outdoors.  He is a coach of a senior mens Irish basketball team and has also coached soccer. He is an accomplished swimmer and looks forward to working with all his HCDC campers!