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Summer Camp

Our Staff & Summer Jobs

DCDC Counselors

Our counselors range in age from 16 to 55, though typically counselors are college juniors and seniors. We also have college graduates, young teachers, and veteran teachers on our staff. Most of our counselors have worked their way up in the DCD Camp ranks from being a Counselor-in-Training when they are entering 10th Grade, to being Head Counselors when they are in college.  Historically, more than half of our counselors are DCD graduates who come back summer after summer. Activity Specialists (Archery, Woodworking, etc)  tend to be older, and have special certifications. 

All DCD Camp Staff members must submit personal reference, as well as CORI and SORI screening before being hired. Parents have the right to review our background checks, health care, discipline and grievance  procedures upon request.

Lifeguards and Swim Instructors are required to be certified by the American Red Cross and have First Aid/CPR/AED Training.
Lisa Kaplan, Camp Director

Lisa joined Dedham Country Day Camp in 2010 as the Sports Specialist, and quickly became an essential member of the DCD Camp Staff. In addition to her role as camp director, Lisa is also the Director of Digital Country Day and is a Specialist in Kindergarten at Dedham Country Day School.  Lisa is also a certified fitness instructor at the Needham YMCA. She has three children, all of whom have experienced summer fun at DCD Camp.

Please feel free to contact Lisa with any questions!

email: Lkaplan@dcds.net
Sean Reardon, Assistant Director-Upper Camp

Sean joined the Dedham Country Day Camp Staff in 2018 as an Activity Specialist. Throughout the year Sean works at DCDS teaching in the primary school and the Extended Day Program. His favorite camp activity is Arts & Crafts and he loves creating new games for the campers to play. 
Megan Saia,  Assistant Director-Lower Camp

Megan has been working at DCDC longer than anyone else. She's worked in nearly every position the camp has to offer.  She started as a CIT and worked her way up to a Head Counselor. She's also worked as many Specialists including, Cooking, Nature, and Arts & Crafts. Megan became the Assistant Camp Director of Lower Camp in the summer of 2014. She has her Masters in Early Childhood Education and during the winter months works at Dedham Country Day School as the Director of Extended Day.


The average number of campers per day is between 75 and 110, while the average group size is between 8 and 14.  Our counselor to camper ratios are 1:5 for children 3-6 years old; 1:7 for children 7 years old - entering 7th grade and for special needs campers the ratios are 1:4 for children with mild needs and a ratio of 1:2 for campers with severe needs.  These are the minimum ratios we will have and often exceed those ratios.

Some campers are outgoing and energetic, while others are shy and reluctant.  Our counselors can insure that each child, regardless of disposition, learns and grows from the DCDC experience.  Parents remark that they love the intimate feeling on campus and are surprised when all the counselors know all of the campers by name, even those who are not in their groups!

Group size will be determined by the Covid guidelines put out by the CDC, Dedham Board of Health and the ACA.
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