Our Directors

Emily Starr

Emily Starr

Emily Starr is the Director of Camp Chinqueka. She was born and raised in the Tri-State Area and completed her high school and college careers just a stone’s throw away from camp! She has an enthusiasm for young people and makes it her mission to ensure your children have the experience of a lifetime here at Chinqueka. She has been a proud member of the educational community and has served over a decade partnering with children and families.

Emily’s love for working with children can be tied back to her own camp adventures! She recalls spending many fond summers at camp as a girl, and her experiences had a monumental influence on her decision to dedicate her life to promoting social success and emotional wellbeing of young people. Emily is a fierce advocate for young girls and has a passion to provide them with a camp experience that will not only support their confidence, communication, and relationship skills, but also allow them to enjoy being young and free!

Emily is an avid lover of animals and the outdoors. In her spare moments she enjoys spending time with her family exploring local State Parks, attending sporting events and everything else that New England has to offer. Outside the camp world, Emily has extensive experience working with children and young adults including working with local Parks and Recreation Initiatives, Regional Special Olympics, Community Outreach Programs and in various school settings ranging from elementary to high schools. She has a background in the Arts and Education and has taught and directed in Office of Early Childhood Schools throughout the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.

She looks forward to providing a safe and exciting environment that can help girls to develop critical life skills, particularly in social relations, and confidence through social interaction and skill building all wrapped up in lots of fun!

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.