Our Directors

Amanda Ward

Amanda Ward is the Director of Camp Chinqueka. She has been a part of the Chinqueka family since 1998. As a child, she spent her summers as a Chinqueka 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, Drama, Swimming and Boating. In 2013 she joined our Administrative Team where she has since helped lead the campers and staff as CIT Coordinator, Program Director and Assistant Director. She became the full time Director in 2015. Amanda graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut 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 private schools.

Amanda’s love for working with children, training counselors and teaching camp traditions continues to grow each 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 zipline 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 almost 25 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 our 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 Camp Association and was the Chair of the 2018-2020 ACA NY/NJ E.P.I.C. Committee. She was also the 2020 recipient of the Michael Gordon Young Leaders Award, presented annually to a camp leader in recognition of actively promoting and increasing dedication to the camp profession. If you are interested in speaking to Amanda about camp for this or next summer, please email her at amanda@chinqueka.com.

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.