Our Directors

Amanda Ward

Amanda Ward is the Director of Camp Chinqueka. She spent seven summers as a camper in the 1990’s and has fond memories of the activities she tried, the lessons she learned and the friends she met along the way. She joined the Chinqueka Staff in 2005 as a CIT and worked her way up the totem pole to Counselor, having taught Dance, Swimming, and Boating. In 2013 she joined our Administration Team where she has since helped lead the campers and staff as CIT Coordinator, Program Director and Assistant Director. Amanda graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut and and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She has a background in Theater and Education and has taught Fifth Grade and Kindergarten in both Connecticut and Manhattan (NYC) private schools.

Amanda’s love for working with children, training counselors and teaching camp traditions continues to grow every year. When Amanda is not in the office, she can be found on Sunnyfield cheering on the soccer and volleyball games, at the bottom of the climbing tower watching the girls fly down the zip line or in the back of the dance studio learning new dance combinations. She develops close relationships with campers and camp families and prides herself on knowing every camper by name!

Amanda helps Chinqueka campers with bikes
Camp Director Amanda sits with Chinqueka campers on a bench

Having been a part of our summer family for over 20 years, Amanda embodies everything that makes Camp Chinqueka a summer tradition since 1955. As Director, she has one main goal in mind – to create the opportunity for as many girls as possible to have the same exceptional camping experience that she had.

Amanda lives in the Tri-State area and is in contact with our past, present, and future Chinqueka families. She attends many of the camp fairs, reunions and home visits in the area and also performs tours of Chinqueka and Awosting year round. She is an active volunteer for the American Camping Association and currently the Chair of the 2018-2019 ACA NY/NJ E.P.I.C. Committee. If you are interested in speaking with her about camp for this or next summer, please email her at amanda@chinqueka.com.

 

Jenn Ward

Jenn is the Assistant Director at Camp Chinqueka and has over 10 years of experience working with children. She spent many summers at an overnight camp in Pennsylvania and has experience at day camps and in outdoor education. Most recently she was the Operations Director for a prestigious youth development organization in New York City. Jenn brings a fun spin to our day to day life at camp – always coming up with creative new programming ideas and activity lessons. She can be found running around camp, usually with walkie talkie in hand, making sure camp runs smoothly for our campers and counselors!

Jenn lives in the Tri-State area and has a degree in Children and Youth Studies from Brooklyn College.

Barb Ebner, Director Emeritus of Camp Chinqueka

Barbara Ebner

Barbara Ebner, an ACA-recognized summer camping pioneer, is Director Emeritus at Chinqueka. Barb has been on the staff at Camp Chinqueka since its founding in 1955 and is still involved at camp today! Although Barb is retired, she has spent 60+ summers on the porch of the Lodge, overlooking Mt. Tom and Chinqueka’s waterfront.