At Camp Lakota, we foster the values of sharing, integrity, responsibility, and respect in a friendly, safe, and fun environment.
Campers learn to value others by being valued themselves. They leave camp with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp Lakota has provided these experiences for more than eight decades, and we firmly believe that this is what camp is meant.
Director Doug Katz enters his fourth season at Camp Lakota. Doug, along with his wife Laura, have a lifetime history in camping and bring their passion and excitement to Camp Lakota. Doug and Laura come to Lakota after five years as Owners & Directors of Camp Na-Sho-Pa where their innovative program, sensational staff and dedication to each camper, as individuals, were the cornerstones of many wonderful summers.
Doug is a full time camp professional and has been devoted to summer camp since he began attending sleep-away camp as a seven year old. Doug has the rare distinction of being a three time Color War General. Doug is a graduate of Boston University and his favorite evening activity is Flashlight sing. Laura is a second grade teacher of nineteen years in Rockland County, NY. She has her masters in education and has won numerous school and state awards throughout her career. Laura has also been instrumental in developing school safety and emergency plans for her district. Laura is a graduate of George Washington University and her favorite evening activity is Bunk Junk.
Doug and Laura have two daughters, Jillian, 19 and Katie, 10. They are both great campers. Doug and Laura bring a love of camping to everything they do. And from their years of experience they bring to Lakota wonderful all-camp activities and programming that are essential to the magical bonding that they know takes place only at camp.
Telephone: 845-369-6015 Email: Doug@CampLakota.com
Michael Childs, Director, was a long time camper, counselor, group leader, and served as Lakota’s Boys’ Head Counselor for two years in the 90’s.
“My first year was 1979, I was 8 years old and off I went to Lakota. Lakota has been in my blood ever since. After spending 20 plus years at Lakota, I went into the corporate world, still knowing Lakota and camping was always my number one passion.”
Michael is a graduate of the University of Arizona and currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Vickie and 4 children, Adam, Carlie, Katie and Kevin, all of whom spend their summers at Lakota.
Michael introduced Camp Lakota to his family in 2009. “The kids are great campers and have great passion for camp.”
Michael’s knowledge, enthusiasm and love for camp will become part of every campers experience at Lakota.
Lenny Durante, Assistant Director at Camp Lakota. Over the last 13 summers, he has served as a Counselor, Group leader, Head of Boys Campus, and Year Round Operations. Lenny’s number one off season priority is staffing, Lenny takes full pride in our staff and always looks to hire the best. “Inspiration, Motivation and Participation is always the theme for our Counselor staff. With his hands on approach, Lenny makes sure all staff members understand the importance of making sure all campers are a priority.
Lenny has a great passion for camp and his spirit is seen throughout the camp on a daily basis.
Lenny is originally from the Philadelphia area. He attended school in Pennsylvania for Criminal Justice and also Special Education. He currently lives in upstate New York with his black lab, Shadow.
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