Camp Nubar head staff and counselors have been selected based on their background, experience, training and interest in working with children. They have completed a comprehensive training session on safety, activities procedures and child care. Most of our staff is certified in First Aid and CPR.
Our staff consists primarily of Senior Counselors (ages 18+) and Junior Counselors (age 17), many of whom have evolved from campers and counselors-in-training and have developed a deep love and respect for our Camp. We also employ international counselors through Camp America, an organization dedicated to providing camps with highly qualified staff from countries around the world. These staff members provide campers with exposure to a variety of cultures and a fresh and unique perspective on the world around us. In addition, our Director, Assistant Director, Waterfront Director, Boys’ Head Counselor, Girls’ Head Counselor and Camp Nurse all oversee the ongoing operations of the camp and provide leadership and guidance to our counselors.
Meet Our 2017 Staff
Jen brings experience, dedication and a true love for Camp to the job. Her connection to Camp began long before her first time as a camper in 1993 hearing stories from her mother and family. After her own first summer, Jen’s love for Camp Nubar, its traditions and connections became a permanent part of her life.She has returned summer after summer since 1993 climbing the ranks as counselor, Activities Director, Girls’ Head Counselor and Assistant Director. Jen understands every facet of the operation of Camp – from welcoming new campers to managing activities in efficient and fun ways. Her true appreciation for Camp Nubar and the Armenian experience it provides to campers and counselors each year is made clear not only during her time at Camp but throughout the year as she maintains her connections from the past 23 years.
Jen grew up in Longmeadow, MA and earned a master’s degree in Middle School Education at James Madison University. She currently teaches eighth grade English and history in West Hartford, CT. Her longstanding commitment to Camp, education and professional experience make her an integral part of the Camp Nubar family.
Camp Nubar is maintained year-round by our caretaker, Greg Basmajian. Greg’s connection to Camp Nubar spans decades and generations. In the 1970s, Greg spent four summers at Camp, working in the kitchen, as a Senior Counselor and as Boys Head Counselor in 1979. His father, Robert Basmajian, with much help and support from his loving wife, Jean, was our dedicated Camp caretaker from 1984 to 2002.
Greg is a successful architect and drafted the blueprints for every new building in Camp, starting with the Infirmary and most notably the Nazarian Center. Greg and his wife, Rosemary, own a home just off Fall Clove Road and have been part of the local community for years. Their children, Zach, Jackie, and Danny have joined in the family tradition, attending Camp throughout their childhood. His professional background and commitment to Camp make him a valuable member of the Camp Nubar family.