Who We Are
Hi, I'm Jay, the founder and publisher of Oregon-Summer-Camps.com. This site was born from my passion for, and steadfast belief in, a quality camp experience, as well as my desire to help families find their ideal Oregon summer camp.
It has been my privilege to also serve the larger camp community on the Board of the American Camp Association (ACA) for many years, including four years as Section President. More recently, I shifted gears and spent several years working with adjudicated youth, helping young people learn to make healthy choices and forge a positive life path. Outdoor experiences were an integral part of our rehabilitation program.
With nearly 40 years of experience providing experiential learning and adventure programs to youth and young adults, I now focus my time promoting and improving access to the camp experience in Oregon. In addition to our online family resource guide Oregon-Summer-Camps.com, we also publish a printed directory of Oregon summer camps, work with families in selecting appropriate programs for their children, and offer trainings and consulting to summer camps in Oregon. Our leadership and development team includes camp professionals, educators and outdoor enthusiasts who share a passion for the camp experience.
Personally, I know of no greater reward than the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on a young person’s life. Camp is a place where kids can “come of age”, benefiting from experiences in nature that serve as a catalyst for growth. With supportive leadership, camp is a place where kids can develop essential life-skills, forge relationships built on trust and mutual respect, and work together toward common goals with new friends. It is a place where kids can feel safe being themselves and accepted for who they are. And hopefully, a place where young people learn to be responsible stewards of the environment. Camp can be, and should be, an integral and essential part of a child’s education.
I have been involved leading youth in various capacities virtually my entire life. I grew up attending my family's summer camp, developing a passion for outdoor education and experiential learning at a young age. Camp was my life! I formed many of my most significant relationships at camp, and remain connected with many of those people still today. As a young adult I returned to support my parents as their Co-Director, and later started a camp of my own. Both were ACA accredited.