An important factor in any business is the experience of its leaders. Camp Concepts is educator owned and operated and has over 150 years of collective camp and teaching experience.
Steve Haines-Executive Director– Steve spent 22 years at George School Day Camp where he directed, designed and significantly grew that program. Steve has devoted his career to working with children. Launching Camp Concepts back in 2000, today, Little Buds Day Camp and Expressions Day Camp continue offer unique summer programs to children. He is also the President of Advantage-USA which is an international educational consulting firm that also designed and runs HORIZONS USA– an English language immersion summer program for international students. Steve is also part owner of The Sports Zone in Southampton– a family fun center specializing in birthday parties and family fun. Steve earned his Master’s Degree in history and he continues to teach 2 history classes at Plumstead Christian School.
Ruth Haines- Little Buds Director. Steve is married to Ruth (Director of Little Buds Day Camp) and is the father of five children and two grandchildren. As a former pre-School teacher and mother of five children (and 2 grandchildren) Ruth has bot the professional and practical experience that has led our youngest age campers (Lil’ Buds) since she started it back in 2006! Ruth is an exceptional leader, creative program designer and awesome camp director!
Kevin Ochs– Kevin has been a director of both day and overnight camps and continues to be a Health and Physical Education which he has been doing for nearly 25 years. Kevin is a master facilitator who captivates and motivates through his energy and excitement. Anyone who meets Kevin is immediately infused and convinced of his love of working with children. Kevin is also part owner of The Sports Zone in Southampton. Kevin is married and the father to son Collin.
Steve Bernardini– Steve has been an educator for 38 years at Buckingham Friends School. Most notably, Assistant Director, Steve Bernardini was part of the dynamic administrative duo “Steve & Steve” at George School Day Camp. Having been at George School since 1982, Steve is a gifted and talented administrator and teacher. Steve is married and the father of two grown children.
Debbie Kirk– Expressions Day Camp director- Debbie is a current teacher in the Philadelphia School District where she brings her energy, passion and professionalism to the classroom and to those she meets. She most recently served as Lower Camp coordinator at the George School Day Camp. Debbie loves camp and after even a short conversation with her, you will too! Debbie is married and mother to Adam. Debbie is the director of our camp for kids who need social skill strengthening called Expressions Day Camp that also takes place on our Big Oak campus.
Tom Rice– Tom is a veteran teacher in the Philadelphia School District. He most recently served as the Junior Camp coordinator at the George School Day Camp where he had served for more than 10 years. Tom is active in his community serving as baseball coach. Tom is married and father of two boys: Jacob and Thomas.
This key leadership group has a collective experience that spans well over 150 years of teaching and camp administration experience. Their experience and passion are noticeable and unique. Each understands the deep value of camp in the lives of kids and has the experience to make each Camp Concepts camp the best in the region.