Meet Our Directors
Pauline and Steve Jepson have worked for Ebner Camps since 1989, where Pauline first worked as the sailing instructor at Chinqueka and Steve as the Waterskiing counselor at Awosting. Steve went on to be the Waterfront Director for 10 years, while Pauline worked as part of the administration at both Awosting and Chinqueka, including being Assistant Director at Chinqueka for several summers. They are both extremely active within the camping community, and together they bring calm leadership and experience to Awosting. They have both been a positive influence on thousands of campers during their many years at Ebner Camps. Steve can fix just about anything and is a fantastic role model for the Awosting boys, where Pauline is often referred to as the “Camp Mom” (or Mum, as she would say) and is often seen given a troubled camper a little extra attention to make him feel more comfortable.
They emigrated over from Manchester, England in 2007, where Steve ran his own business in England for over 20 years, while Pauline worked in Education, working with troubled youth for over 15 years. Not only are Steve and Pauline great directors, but they are also amazing parents. They have two sons, Ben and Sam, who have both grown up at Awosting and are now proud members of Awosting’s staff.
Pauline and Steve live on campus all summer, but maintain a year round residence about 15 miles away. During the winter months, Pauline works in the office, talking to parents, campers and staff while Steve runs the operations for all three of our summer camps. They both give tours of Awosting during the summer (the best time to see camp in action) or on select Sundays in the Fall and Spring.
Buzz and Sherry Ebner are Directors Emeritus of Camp Awosting and have been together at Awosting for over 40 years. Buzz has actually been at Awosting for over 60 years, having started as a camper at age 6 and been on the staff since he was 16, including nearly 30 years as Director starting in 1975. Buzz earned a B.A. in Education from Newark State College (now known as Kean University) in Union, NJ. and received his M.A. in Vocational Education from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. Buzz has formerly taught in the East Orange, NJ and Newington, CT public school systems. Sherry, a CT licensed Registered Nurse, oversees the health and food programs at both camps. She is affectionately referred to as the ‘Camp Mother’. They are the “engine” that makes Awosting run – combining caring and fun to make sure each camper is treated like one of their own children. Buzz is a licensed camp director by the State of Connecticut.
Buzz and Sherry’s son Kevin Ebner is the current President of Ebner Camps and is the Co-Director Boulder Ridge Day Camp. He is ensuring that the next generation of Awosting and Chinqueka campers enjoy the traditions that have been made our camps a tradition for 115+ and 60+ years, respectively.
Dan Dreyer, works year round at Camp Awosting and Camp Chinqueka as our Creative Director. He is our resident camp artist, responsible for the great signs that brighten up our camps. In the summer, Dan is our crazy camp coordinator, helping develop amazing evening programs and keep the camp in high spirits. Dan graduated with high honors from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to joining Camp Awosting in 2009, he worked as a counselor for an outdoor survival program in Utah.