Our CLC Family
Aaron & Ann Selkow
Aaron and Ann arrived at Chestnut Lake in 2020 with more than 45 years of shared professional experience leading camps and are thrilled to be growing deep roots in Beach Lake, PA. Aaron, Ann, and their daughter, Lily, have spent almost every summer of their lives at camp. They began as campers when they were young children, and Lily learned to walk on the gravel paths of the summer camp that the Selkows ran together just 50 miles from CLC. They believe in the power of camp for children and are committed to its impact on families, staff, and alumni.Aaron and Ann grew up two miles apart in Philadelphia but didn't meet until 1994. After they started out as educators, they eventually drifted together into running camps and have been doing that for more than 25 years. The Selkows were both athletes (Aaron continued to play soccer in college) and have coached countless seasons of basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and other sports over the years.
Aaron was a Connecticut College Camel and has led both Pinemere Camp and Camp Harlam through periods of growth and great success. Ann was a Penn State Nittany Lion and earned her Master's degree in Education from St. Joseph's University before eventually joining the leadership team at Pinemere Camp for 20 years.
The Selkows believe that the spirit of Chestnut Lake – dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Me!" – can inspire and affect us well beyond the boundaries of CLC's idyllic campus in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Director of Staff & Camper Experience
Sam and his family joined the Chestnut Lake Camp community following the 2021 season, and Sam brings decades of leadership and success in the field to Chestnut in a key role. Sam's position allows him to apply his extraordinary passion and spirit for camp and extensive camp experience to focus on developing remarkable staff members and the camp's robust program.
As a product of camp himself, Sam has committed his career to working with camps across North America. Having spent over 20 years in leadership positions from Assistant Director to Camp Director (and most recently as the National Field Director of Camp America, the largest international summer camp staffing agency in the world), Sam understands both the magic and science of summer camp. Sam's greatest professional joy is leading camp staff towards delivering the best experience possible for their campers.
Sam's passion for camp has led to his involvement as a member of both SCOPE's Board of Directors and the National Council of Leaders for the American Camp Association. Sam holds a BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of California/Davis as well as an MBA from AJU in Los Angeles. Sam and his wife, Kim, reside in the Greater Washington, DC area with their three children, Adin, Noa, and Yael (all of whom attend Chestnut in the summer!)
Amy and her family are thrilled to be joining the Chestnut Lake family this year! As one of Chestnut's Assistant Directors, Amy oversees the camp's teen programs (Varsity, LT, and JC), our Wellness and Medical Teams, and works collaboratively with our directors to provide support to many different areas that impact our campers and staff members each summer.
Never wanting to give up the fun of summers spent at camp, Amy chose her full-time career as a school counselor so that she could continue to return to camp as an adult. Amy has spent summers working in both day and residential camps, always bringing her kids along with her so that they, too, could experience the magic of camp. Amy strongly believes in the transformative power of camp and loves promoting the overnight camp experience of freedom, acceptance, challenge, growth, and joy for children and young adults.
Amy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Penn State University and a Master of Education degree in counseling psychology from Temple University. Amy is a K-12 Pennsylvania certified school counselor during the school year.
Amy and her family – including her husband, Craig, and children, Milo and Joss – reside in Fort Washington, PA. Amy, Milo, and Joss cannot wait to spend their first summers at Chestnut in 2024!
Erica and her family will enjoy their first summer as a part of the Chestnut Lake community this year! As one of Chestnut's Assistant Directors, Erica oversees Chestnut's Boys Campus and Girls Campus in partnership with our amazing Boys and Girls Head Counselors (Kyle and Mariah Yahn,) and she also works closely with our directors to support many different areas that impact our campers and staff members each summer.
Erica has been a camper her whole life (and her parents met at camp in 1965!), as her childhood was spent at day camp and sleepaway camp enjoying all of the spirit and tradition that makes camp so great. When Erica was a teenager, she began working at a day camp in New York and remained there for 18 years building connections and growing her leadership skills as a counselor, Program Director, Division Leader, Director of Camper Care & Parent Relations, and Assistant Director.
During the school year, Erica works as a School Library Media Specialist and has been in the same school district in New Jersey since 2005. She began as an energetic 5th grade teacher and later thrived as an Instructional Coach, supporting teachers through their own professional growth. Erica graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from The College of New Jersey and earned her Master's in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.
Erica's husband Matt, and their dog, Riggs, will be staying home this summer in Bergen County, NJ, while her children, Sammy and Ariel, will be first-time campers at Chestnut.
Judith and her family were overjoyed to join the Chestnut Lake family in 2021. Judith spent five previous summers as the Development Director at Camp Harlam (where she worked alongside Aaron) and has amazing memories of her summers spent as both a camper and counselor at overnight camp. As Chestnut's Engagement Director, Judith is the primary point of contact for prospective and new families, organizes our year-round camp tours, and is involved in a wide variety of areas to support campers and parents throughout the year.
Judith is passionate about the incredible impact overnight camp has on a child's character development, positive life outlook, sense of independence, and lifelong friendships. She is excited to develop relationships with families, to help them along their journey towards a successful and meaningful experience.
Judith grew up outside of Philadelphia, graduated from Penn State University with an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.
Judith lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA with her husband, Oren, and three children, BB, Micah, and Maya. BB, Micah, and Maya have all enjoyed their summers at Chestnut Lake.
Alex has been a part of the Chestnut Lake Camp family since our inaugural summer in 2008. Through the years, Alex has served as our Basketball Director, Athletic Director, and other positions, and now as our Operations Director, he maintains oversight of some of our most important systems for facility maintenance, housekeeping, transportation, and much more with a great team of operations and support staff.
Alex was raised in West Chester, OH, where he attended sports camps during his summers. Chestnut Lake was his first experience at a traditional summer camp and it has helped shape him as a professional and a person. Alex graduated with a degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from the University of Cincinnati and earned his Master's degree in Education in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University.
Alex has been a high school social studies teacher since 2010, currently working in Paxton, IL. He also coaches JV Girls Basketball and gets to use his Saturday night camp cookout voice as the Football Public Address Announcer during the school year. Alex met his wife, Rachel, while working together at Chestnut and they currently reside in Champaign, IL. During the off season, you can find them traveling the country together going to Minor League Baseball games and eating ice cream.
Rona & Marc Honigfeld
Trail's End Camp, Owners/Directors
In 2007, Rona and Marc had the vision to create a camp that would have its foundation in the principles and traditions of Trail's End Camp but provide families with the flexibility of both a full 7-week season and shorter sessions. This vision became a reality with the purchase of Chestnut Lake Camp's 150-acre property and the opening of Chestnut in 2008.
Chestnut has grown from welcoming its very first camper ever in 2008 to welcoming over 600 campers throughout the summer. Year after year, the leadership of Chestnut has continued to benefit from the guidance and support of their friends at Trail's End. Rona and Marc are respected as extraordinary camp professionals, and the teams at Trail's End and Chestnut Lake share a commitment to creating the ultimate family atmosphere, where every camper is valued as an individual, encouraged to try new things, and has the opportunity to create their own unique summer experience. Our mission is to provide our campers with an environment where they feel comfortable and confident in who they are as a person.
To learn more about Trail's End Camp and TEC's Two Generations of Legendary Leadership, click here.