For two decades, Lake Bryn Mawr Camp has been under the ownership and direction of Jane and Dan Kagan. With three grown Bryn Mawr Angels of their own, Jane and Dan know what it’s like to experience camp from every angle–as campers, as staff members, and as parents.
Jane grew up immersed in camp life–quite literally from birth–and spent more than 25 years as a camper, counselor and administrator at her family business, Jeff Lake Day Camp. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Jane is an avid scholar of all things “girl,” and over the years she has sought out experts in child development to share their expertise with LBMC staff and camp families through training, events and camp publications.
Camp has been a part of Dan’s life from a young age, too. When he graduated from camper to counselor, Dan was mentored by the late Morry Stein, former director of Camp Echo Lake. A graduate of the University of Arizona with an MBA from Fordham University, Dan sits on the board of the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation, has served as a board member for Project Morry and the American Camp Association - New York Chapter, and is a past co-president of the Wayne County Camp Association.
Jane and Dan work year-round with an experienced staff of administrators, operations staff and consultants to ensure that Bryn Mawr is prepared to open each summer with a safe, healthy and positive camp environment. In the winter, they can be found daily in our Short Hills, NJ, office, and from June to August, they call Bryn Mawr home.
Bill has been an integral part of every Angel’s summer for more than 35 years. Officially, he is the co-director of our gymnastics program and supervises operations and security, but that doesn’t begin to describe his role at camp, which includes everything from overseeing movies and trips to filling crucial roles in top-secret camp traditions like Chocolate Banana Night.
During the winter months, Bill makes his home in St. Mary’s, Ohio, where he is retired from teaching special education. A former Ohio Coach of the Year, Bill coaches level 5-10 gymnasts at Universal Gymnastics in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife Carrie have three grown children (former 11-year camper and group leader Brooke, and staff members Ty and Scott). Bill’s granddaughter, Braelyn, is a second-generation Bryn Mawr Angel.
A member of our full-time, year-round staff, Jocelyn guides our staff recruiting and hiring process. In the summer, she is our Junior Camp Division Head as well as the director of our Explorers program. Jocelyn is a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in sociology and psychology, and she holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Before joining the LBMC family, she spent more than 15 years as a college consultant, assisting students with undergraduate and graduate school applications. She and her husband Jeremy have three daughters, all Bryn Mawr Angels.
Camp is a very special place for Scott; he met his wife, Erin, while working as our Director of Tennis, a position he held at Bryn Mawr for seven summers. Now an Assistant Director and member of our year-round staff, Scott is involved with every aspect of camp operations. Scott graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education, specializing in math. For 10 years, he was a teacher in Texas, where he was the recipient of the STAR teacher award. Erin and Scott live at camp with their children, Benjamin and Charlotte.
One of the first faces many new families get to know at LBMC is Audrey, our longtime administrator and Explorers Weekend organizer. Audrey is involved in nearly every facet of year-round camp administration and keeps us organized no matter the season! A graduate of Syracuse University with a Master’s in Nursing from Columbia University, Audrey is also in charge of enrollment and staffing for Bryn Mawr Riding Camp. She resides in Short Hills, NJ, and works year-round in our office there, although she can often be seen visiting camp in the summer.
Say hello to the second generation of Kagan leadership at LBMC! The most recent addition to our year-round staff, Eliza has spent nearly every summer of her life at Bryn Mawr, taking just a few years off to gain experience as a day camp counselor. A third-generation camp professional, Eliza is the division head for Bunk One and Bunk Two in the summer. During the winter, her job responsibilities include overseeing our social media, coordinating alumnae outreach, and visiting new camp families, as well as planning events for the summer to come.