Meet Our Directors
Kevin Ebner is the Director of Camp Awosting. Kevin grew up attending Awosting as a camper from age 5 and later joined the staff, working his way to Head Counselor. After getting his Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Recreation and Business from Southern Connecticut State University, Kevin joined Ebner Camps full time. He has over 25 years experience as a camp administrator, as the former director and founder of Boulder Ridge Day Camp and founder of Eagle Rock Day Camp, both run by Ebner Camps. Kevin has been providing strategic oversight of Camp Awosting’s program since he took over as President of Ebner Camps in 2006, after his father, Buzz, retired. Under Kevin’s leadership, Awosting and Chinqueka have undergone significant renovations to many of their facilities, including improved dining halls, updated cabins and additional adventure courses (High Ropes, Low Ropes).
Kevin’s wife, Liz, is also very involved in the camp operation, running the food service for Boulder Ridge Day Camp and the wedding/outing facility run on the same property, The Village at Boulder Ridge. Their son, K.J., also attended Awosting as a child and went on to become staff at Boulder Ridge Day Camp, where he currently is the C.I.T. Director. Their daughter, Kylee, is a camper at Camp Chinqueka.
Kevin’s interests outside camp include golf, cooking, spending quality time with his family and taking care of his dog, a 150lb Leonberger named Goose.
Alex Rawlinson is the Assistant Director of Camp Awosting. He joined Ebner Camps in 2010, having spent 2 years on the staff at Boulder Ridge Day Camp teaching Martial Arts, Canoeing, and Swimming. He then joined the Awosting staff where he progressed to the leadership team first becoming the Assistant Waterfront Director and then Head Counselor. In 2017, Alex assumed the role of Assistant Director. Before coming to camp, Alex spent years as a junior instructor for Taekwondo and was also a leader for the local Boy Scout troop in England. Alex also met Prince Phillip in 2013, after completing the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, a challenge that combines components of community service and volunteering projects.
Alex’s graduated with Honors from Leeds Business School in England, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business. He has since lived and worked in London, England and Sydney, Australia working for companies including Marks & Spencer, eBay, Virgin Atlantic and Camp America. Alex’s passion and love for camp continued when working for Camp America, one of our primary international counselor recruiting partners. This has given Alex a wealth of knowledge when it comes to recruiting the best staff from all over the world and also in child protection training.
Alex prefers to spend as much time away from his office desk during the summer, keeping his ‘ear to the ground’ and ensuring he is aware of everything happening at Awosting. He develops a close relationship with all Awosting’s parents and campers, knowing each and every camper by name. During the off-season Alex attends select camper fairs in the US and around the world. He also makes frequent home visits to prospective new Awosting and Chinqueka families thinking about sending their children to camp. If you are interested in speaking with him about camp for this summer or future summer, please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buzz and Sherry Ebner are Directors Emeritus of Camp Awosting and have been together at Awosting for over 50 years. Buzz has actually been at Awosting for over 70 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. 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.