2016 NGFS Summer Staff
Our counselors have many years of experience working as teachers and camp counselors and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with young people. Each session has one lead counselor for every six children. All lead counselors and full-time staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.
Jeff Bills is the Auxiliary Program Director at New Garden Friends School. He has worked at NGFS for 21 years, 18 years as Director of the Summer Program. He has 25 years of outdoor and educational experience as a camp counselor and camp director.
Jeannie Wigal, Maria Maul (Preschool Summer) Lindley Laws (Summer Adventures), Paul Nguyen (Summer Explorers), and Charles Merritt (Middle School Electives) will be returning as Assistant Program Directors. Deana Allman and Tracey Bouchard return as Administrative Directors. Many of our NGFS teachers return in the summer to lead program sessions and serve as lead counselors in all levels.
Jeannie Sykes, our K-6 music teacher and violinist in the Greensboro Symphony, will be leading our Friendly Violins program.
Counselor In Training Program
Every year NGFS Summer Program offers its graduating 8th graders and Upper School students the opportunity to assist with the Summer Program. Our first year, we had 2 CITs; now we have grown to more than 40 CITs per summer who help throughout the levels of Summer Program. This volunteer program enhances our already strong paid staff and dramatically lowers our 1 to 6 staff-to-camper ratio. Most of our CITs return year after year because of the close bonds they make with the Summer Program participants and the fun they have working with young children. Many go on to serve as counselors. Participation in this program is by invitation only.