Leadership

Our dedicated team of year round professionals are focused on creating a once in a lifetime camp experience for your son. It is very important to us that we create a climate of respect, cooperation, kindness, curiosity, and fun. As the oldest YMCA boy’s camp in the country, we are proud to carry on the Camp Abnaki traditions and always stand ready to “Help the Other Fellow.”

Jon and one of his sons Peter after a candle light ceremony at camp

JON KUYPERS, CAMP DIRECTOR

Jon has been involved in YMCA Camping since his first 4 weeks at YMCA Camp Echo in Fremont MI 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 and the family dog Manzou.  The family lives in Burlington during the school year and at camp in the summer.

Contact Jon at 802-652-8129  or jkuypers@gbymca.org.

 

Adam as MC at our staff auction

ADAM VAN VUGHT, ASSOCIATE CAMP DIRECTOR

Adam grew up in Central Vermont and lives in Northfield, VT.  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 at 802-652-8131 or avanvught@gbymca.org.

 

BRIAN ROY, ASSOCIATE CAMP DIRECTOR

Brian and his brother Jesse at camp

Brian, a native of Essex Junction, VT begin his Abnaki experience as a camper in the 90’s and has stayed involved in a multitude of ways ever since. His camping career has included leadership stops at YMCA Camp Lincoln, YMCA Camp Gundalow, and YMCA Camp Cristina.  He also locally worked as the Assistant Director of the Essex Junction Recreation and Parks Department. Brian studied child development at SNHU and has a Masters in Education from UNH. He enjoys skiing in the winter and biking in the summer. All three of Brian’s brothers are Nidokenaks!

Contact Brian at 802-652-8120 or broy@gbymca.org.

 

 

 

 



GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA LOCATIONS

Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT 05474
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties

"Help the other fellow."