Our Directors

Dafne Ocampo

 

Dafne Ocampo

Dafne is the first international Director of Camp Chinqueka. She’s from Mexico and she was the Assistant Director for summer 2022!

Dafne has a BS in International Commerce and speaks 3 languages: Spanish, English and French…and she’s currently working on her German. She was also an AuPair in Belgium some years ago and now she’s very excited about being part of the Ebner Camps family for many years to come.

She has an enthusiasm for working towards providing girls with an environment to develop skills, their physical and emotional wellbeing, and empowering them to be heard and become their best selves. She’s a believer that camp is a great place for young people to grow their confidence and be free to be whomever they want to be.

When Dafne is not working, she enjoys reading, traveling, skating or biking and spending time with her dog Nymeria and with her family.

She looks forward to meeting all your daughters and welcoming back all the girls from last year. Please don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions.

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris is the President/CEO of Ebner Camps, Inc..

She follows in the footsteps of her father (Buzz Ebner), her aunt (Barbara Ebner) and grandfather (the late Oscar Ebner Sr.), who all served as Directors of Awosting and Chinqueka, as well as President/Vice President of Ebner Camps, for several decades. Kris spent her first summer at Awosting at the age of 5 months! As a child, she attended our sister camp, Chinqueka, and later joined the staff as a CIT, counselor and Program Director. Kris has been the Waterfront Director or Director at Chinqueka or Awosting for over 30 years. As Director, Kris’ primary goal is to ensure the children at Awosting and Chinqueka have a safe, caring and fun environment where they can grow and develop into responsible young men and women.

Kris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Charter Oak State College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Ashford University. In between her time as Director of Chinqueka and Awosting, Kris served as Executive Director of a YMCA camp in Florida. Kris is one of the founding owners of two nearby day camps, Boulder Ridge and Eagle Rock, also operated by Ebner Camps. She is an active member of the American Camp Association and Connecticut Camping Association.

In addition to being a camp director, Kris is a single mother of 3 boys, who all attended Awosting as campers. Her two older boys are now married and her youngest, Hugh, will be a full-fledged staff member at Chinqueka in 2022, working at the motocross track. Kris and Hugh live in Connecticut, near camp. (As the girls at Chinqueka can tell you, it’s just “300 yards down the road”!)

When not coordinating the operations at the 4 Ebner Camps, Kris is a 40 year member of her barbershop chorus, enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her dog Scoot and her friends & family. She also has a new love, a beautiful granddaughter Tahlia Fay who will undoubtedly spend her summers at Chinqueka in the near future.

Barbara Ebner

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Barbara V. Ebner. Barb passed away on Saturday March 28, 2020 after a courageous and challenging battle with Stage 4 Lymphoma. She dedicated her life to educating children and providing them with opportunities to grow and her spirit will live on in the generations to come. In addition to many years as a teacher, Barb played an essential role in the founding of Camp Chinqueka, having been one of the first senior staff members in 1955. She spent the next 65 summers at Chinqueka as counselor, director, owner and advisor. No words can express our sadness or our appreciation for her and the opportunity to have worked with and learned from her.

Barb considered everyone who came through the Chinqueka program to be an extended part of her family. Those who were fortunate enough to know Barb personally knew of her passions for music, animals and all things Chinqueka, from goldfinches to Candlelight. She will be deeply missed by the Ebner family, Ebner Camps employees, and the tens of thousands of alumni, campers & families of Chinqueka.