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Meet the Camp Leadership Staff

JON KUYPERS, CAMP DIRECTOR

Jon has been involved in YMCA Camping since his first 4 weeks at YMCA Camp Echo as an 8 year old, and has spent over 29 years attending and working at camps.  He previously worked in various roles at YMCA Camp Echo and YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, and has been the director of Camp Abnaki since 2003. 

Jon met his wife Tammy while studying education at the University of Vermont.  Jon and Tammy have 3 sons--Jake, Will, and Peter.  The family lives in Burlington during the school year and up at camp in the summer. 

Contact Jon by calling 802-652-8129 (October-April), or jkuypers@gbymca.org.

During the summer, call 802-372-YMCA (9622).

 

 

ADAM VAN VUGHT, ASSISTANT CAMP DIRECTOR

Adam grew up in Central Vermont but now lives in Burlington.  His Abnaki tenure began in December 2014.  His previous camp experiences have included time in the kitchen, office, as a counselor, in the program department, and the head counselor in charge of all aspects of a boys’ camp.  Adam graduated from UNH with a BS in Recreation Management & Policy and is an accreditation visitor with the American Camp Association.  Adam's hobbies and interests include board games and trivia, all kinds of sports, being outdoors, legos, and trying new things.  He's a big kid at heart.

Contact Adam by calling 802-652-8131 (October-April), or avanvught@gbymca.org.

During the summer, call 802-372-YMCA (9622).

 

 

CHRIS RETZ, PROPERTY MANAGER

Chris began his life at Camp Abnaki in March of 2012.  Chris has a long history of working in camping, having previously worked in various roles at camps in Maine and Massachusetts. He has also worked as a private contractor, and brings a wealth of knowledge in camp property management to Camp Abnaki.

Chris lives at camp year round with his wife Tanya and their children, Rebekah and Avery, and their dog Harlie.   

Contact Chris year-round by calling 802-372-6164 or cretz@gbymca.org.

 

 

 

 

DAVID DUSTIN, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

David is practically a life-long member of the Abnaki community, now in his 21st summer at camp and 8th as Program Director.  David studied secondary education at Champlain College and is now a teacher at Conant High School in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

David has a passion for World history, enjoys playing Capture the Flag, and is a fan of Star Trek.  David was the recipient of the Spirit of Abnaki award in 2004 and the Nice Guy Award in 2006.  

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
 
     
   
   

Y M C A     C a m p     A b n a k i
WINTER ADDRESS:
266 College St.
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-8180
SUMMER ADDRESS:
1252 Abnaki Rd.
North Hero, VT 05474
(802) 372-9622
Questions or comments? Email Jon Kuypers, YMCA Director of Camp Abnaki.
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