Directors & Staff
Jenn Whalen-Sirois – Camp Director
Jenn is a true camp lifer, sharing a passion for summer camp and helping kids learn about themselves and each other. Jenn spent 22 years at nearby Camp Bernadette, first as a camper, then a CIT and staff member and director before joining Quinebarge.
The 1999 graduate of Boston University brings a wealth of small business knowledge and love of education as she served as a junior high teacher at St. Raphael’s School in her native Medford, Massachusetts. Jenn enjoys gardening, reading and sailing during her free time. She lives in Burlington, MA with her three children and their dog, Bridie.
Eric Carlson – Executive Director
Eric was a camper and counselor at Quinebarge from 1980-87, having risen from the youngest boys cabin (Mohawk) through to counselor. He worked in the wood shop and on the waterfront as a swim teacher and boating instructor. As an adult, Eric founded and runs a climate change education and project development nonprofit that is helping preserve the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. Some say Eric is trying to recreate Quinebarge as it was in 1983 and those people are not incorrect. However, the reality is Quinebarge is much as it was thirty years ago. Eric grew up in Cohasset, Mass. and lives in East Aurora, NY. Quinebarge is a family affair; Eric and Lesley, his wife, their two daughters and dog Elora are all Quinebargers.
Paul ‘Arnie’ Wooten – Facilities Director
Arnie has been with Quinebarge since 1979 and is the biggest reason the Quinebarge buildings and facilities look so great. A master of several trades, Arnie is a former cabin counselor, trips counselor and camp director (2001-2004) at Quinebarge but has maintained the facilities throughout his 38 seasons with us. Nobody knows or cares for camp like Arnie, something that can be seen during any visit to Camp Quinebarge. His spare time is usually spent outside: sailing, hiking, skiing or fishing. Arnie grew up in Weymouth, Mass.
Lesley Marcus Carlson – Camp Mom
Lesley is at camp all summer with Eric, and helps out in a variety of roles. She gets to know the campers and their interests and helps make sure each camper is well taken care of, and having a great summer. Lesley also helps our adult staff navigate through their summer at camp.
Lesley got roped into camp life by Eric, and loves the Quinebarge spirit, traditions, songs and how Quinebarge harkens back to a simpler life for our campers.
Lesley is a graduate of Colgate University, has spent most of her career in international development and democracy building abroad, and helps nonprofit organizations. Lesley is originally from Kenmore, NY, loves her Buffalo Sabres and is mom to two wonderful daughters and Elora, the camp pup.
At the very core of Camp Quinebarge is our staff, made up of teachers, education students, college athletes and coaches, and other young professionals. We make sure to find only the best, most dedicated, and qualified staff, many of whom grew up at Quinebarge as campers or CITs. Our counselors come from the United States and around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Hungary and more.
Counselors spend a full week or more before campers arrive receiving intensive training and learning the ins and outs of Quinebarge policies, games, culture, and how best to care for your children. Plus, with a staff of over 30 for 100 campers, our camper to staff ratio ensures that every camper gets the care and attention they need.
Quinebarge counselors are fun, mature, and knowledgeable people, whose first priority on camp is to provide a safe, high quality program to our campers. They provide group and individual instructions in our activities, and act as mentors and role models to our campers. In short, our counselors are a huge part of what makes Quinebarge great!
Our Senior Staff is made up of mature and professional Directors and Senior Staff, who have combined over 80 years of summer camp experience. Members of our Senior Staff work year round to find the best staff, and create and manage a top notch program for our campers.