Our Directors

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris is the Director of Camp Awosting. She follows in the footsteps of her father (Buzz Ebner) and grandfather (the late Oscar Ebner Sr.), who both served as Directors of Awosting for several decades. Kris spent her first summer at Awosting at the age of 5 months! As a child, she attended our sister camp, Chinqueka, and later joined the staff as a CIT, counselor and Program Director. Kris has been the Waterfront Director or Director at Chinqueka or Awosting for over 20 years. As Director, Kris’ primary goal is to ensure the boys at Awosting have a safe, caring and fun environment where they can grow and develop into responsible young men.

Kris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Charter Oak State College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Ashford University. In between her time as Director of Chinqueka and Awosting, Kris served as Executive Director of a YMCA camp in Florida. Kris is one of the founding owners of two nearby day camps, Boulder Ridge and Eagle Rock, also operated by Ebner Camps. She is an active member of the American Camp Association.

In addition to being a camp director, Kris is a single mother of 3 boys, who all attended Awosting as campers. Her two older boys are now married and her youngest, Hugh, is on staff at Awosting, working at both the waterfront and the motocross track. Kris and Hugh live in Connecticut, near camp.

When not coordinating the activities at all 4 Ebner Camps, Kris is an active member of her barbershop chorus, enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her dog Scoot and her friends & family.

Buzz and Sherry Ebner

Buzz and Sherry 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. For many years, they were the “engine” that made Awosting run – combining caring and fun to make sure each camper was treated like one of their own children – and still love being a part of the Awosting community today. Buzz and Sherry have been recognized by the American Camp Association as “Pioneers of Camping” for over 30 years of professional camp experience.

Buzz and Sherry’s daughter, Kris Ebner Martin, is the Managing Director of Ebner Camps and Director of Awosting. She is ensuring that the next generation of Awosting and Chinqueka campers enjoy everything that has made our camps a summer tradition since 1900.