Camp Staff

The Heart of Our Program

Our Camp Staff
The teachers, coaches, and university and high school student/athletes that make up our staff are the heart of our camp program. Many of our staff are former campers. Most return for multiple summers, working their way from junior counselor to counselor. This creates the wonderful sense of community, continuity, and tradition that sets our program apart. All our counselors and senior staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Our entire staff, from JCITs to Directors, are extremely motivated and dedicated to create and maintain a fun, safe, educational, supportive, positive camp environment.
There is one staff member for every 6 or 7 children in our program.
Our camp staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Meet the Directors

Scott Berridge (on the left)
Founder of our Los Altos program. Scott is a local boy (born in Palo Alto) and has lived within walking distance of our Los Altos camp location for the past 51 summers. He holds a B.S. in Human Performance from San Jose State University and has taught physical education to boys and girls ages 6-13 since 1982. Scott was a three-sport athlete at Homestead High and over the years has coached numerous youth sports teams including baseball, football, track and basketball. Scott is the proud father of four great kids (3 girls/1 boy) and all four have attended and worked at the camp.

Rich Wohlstadter (on the right)
Founder of the Decathlon Sports Club, Rich has over 50 years of summer camp experience. Rich is not sure if he should be proud or embarrassed, but he hasn't missed a year of summer camp since he was 7 years old! He holds a B.A. from Stanford and a Masters in Education from U.C.L.A. Rich also taught and coached for 15 years at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. While no longer an everyday onsite Director, Rich continues to serve as a camp consultant, mentor, and godfather of our program.

Jeff Berridge
Second generation camp director Jeff has over 25 years of camp experience as he has been attending or working at camp since he was 5 years old. He has a love of sports, a passion for play, and sharing his knowledge with our campers. In high school Jeff was a three-sport athlete, he played 4 years of NCAA Basketball for the University of Notre Dame De Namur. He graduated from the University Of Notre Dame De Namur (2010) with a Degree in Business and Finance.  Jeff currently teaches physical education at Keys Elementary School in Palo Alto.

Neal Swank
Neal grew up and lives locally. He attended St. Francis HS where he now teaches history and coaches football and basketball. He earned his BA at UC Davis in 2001. Neal is the father of two great boys (both Hall Of Fame campers) and is excited to return to camp for his 24th consecutive summer (his 20th as a director)!