Board of Directors

The board is elected by the supporters of Van Buren Youth Camp. Their role is to serve as the decision-making body of the Camp. They hire the Camp Director and actively supervise the general operation of the Camp.

The board also generate funds for the Camp by sponsoring projects and fundraisers. These funds are used to make physical improvements to the Camp facilities and to help with major undertakings, such as land acquisition.


The Director oversees the summer camp program, staff hiring, camper enrollment, marketing, and rent-camp. The Director must meet all American Camp Association director requirements.

Meet our director.


Hired by the director, these persons run the daily program. They are often former VBYC counselors and receive a week of training as a staff In Training (SIT) where they work alongside the current staff. Once hired, they receive 2-3 weekend training session then a full week of training prior to the summer camping season.

Staff members with specialized classes receive training in their prospective area (i.e. Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Certification, Low Ropes, Archery and Riflery.) Other than kitchen staff, staff members are at least 18 years of age and are generally college students. Each staff member teaches class three times a day.

They are present for and oversee all camper activities. These people who love being around kids, are loaded with enthusiasm, compassion, endurance and are recreation specialists!

Head Counselor

This is a staff member who recruits, trains and provides support to our counselors. They are experienced staff members and are an expert counselor themself. They are also an expert problem solver and trouble shooter. They meet with the counselors daily. They also provide a half day training and orientation on the counselor's first day.


These person's sole responsibility is to their kids safety and fun. They are selected from our Leadership Workshop which is the first week of every summer. Or they have equivalent experience. They are screened through personal interviews, performance at the Leadership Workshop, previous counseling experience, personal references and their application.

Each counselor is in charge of a cabin of eight campers of their gender. They are with their campers at classes, meals, sleeping in the cabin, planning sessions. They foster unity, trust and friendship and responsibility in their cabin. They are ages 15 on up.

Health Officer

A full time health officer, nurse, or doctor lives at camp. A health screening is completed upon arrival at VBYC when your child’s health history will be reviewed and a visual observation will be completed. The health officer administers all medications and keeps medications under locked storage