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Our Staff

We take great pride in the skills and qualities of our camp staff members. The counselors and administrative team members are professional, trained, and educated in the field. On staff, we have college students pursuing careers in childcare-related fields, certified teachers, and counseling therapists. We are extremely confident that we have selected mature staff members who have the drive, motivation, and genuine sincerity to ensure that your children have an amazing summer camp experience!


Many of our staff members have been campers themselves at one point, and are passionate about the wonderful opportunities that a summer camp affords to the growth and development of children into confident, competent and caring individuals. Our staff members are not only dedicated to keeping your children safe throughout the camp day, but also to encouraging the development of self-esteem and good character.


All staff members are thoroughly screened through an application process, interview, and reference checks. The potential staff members then undergo a thorough background check to ensure the safety of our campers. They are also subject to random drug screenings throughout the summer. Prior to camp, all staff members must participate in an extensive training program.

Camp Sam Staff

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Our Directors

Meet Our Directors

Tara Carr became the proud leader at Camp SAM in 2008, after spending 8 years as a Guidance Counselor in the New Jersey Public School System. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Princeton University and her graduate degree is in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. Tara’s passions at camp include program development, staff training and camper engagement. Tara and her husband Michael are proud parents of two daughters who both attend Camp SAM.

Monica Riela began her journey at Camp SAM in 2007 as a counselor and has filled several administrative roles on her way to her current position as Co-Director. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Rider University. In addition to her year-round camp responsibilities, Monica is also a School Therapeutic Worker in the Philadelphia School System.


Together Tara and Monica have dedicated their professional lives to improving the health and happiness of children in various settings including, social services, psychiatric hospitals, group homes, the public school system, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and more. They continue their work as the proud leaders of a group of dynamic professionals in camping at Camp SAM. Their sound guidance, steady leadership, and unwavering commitment guarantees the enduring traditions held so dear to all current and previous campers of Camp SAM.


Welcome Message

TO ALL OF OUR CAMP SAM FAMILIES,

We are so excited for you to join our family. It is our goal and passion to provide each child with a positive and rewarding experience every summer. 2019 marks our 12th summer as owners and directors of Camp SAM, and we continue to welcome new families year after year.

We are extremely proud to say that many of our staff members are former campers and appreciate the incredible value that summer camp has to offer. We have seen them grow up physically and emotionally; and now they help your children do the same.

The Camp SAM experience is designed to encourage children to try new things, learn new skills, acquire self-confidence, and feel a sense of belonging in our community. Thank you for entrusting your children to our care; it is a privilege to see all of our campers progress from week to week, and year to year.

We understand that all of our campers and families, but especially those entering their first summer, may have many questions. We are always available for you! Whether it is December or July, we are here to help you navigate through the awesome summer camp experience. Please do not hesitate to call us.

Each camp family will have access to our camp program through a parent portal where you can enroll, add weeks, make payments, see photos, submit forms, and read daily announcements.

We can’t wait to welcome your children to camp! Please call us if you have any questions whatsoever.

Sincerely,
Tara Rastelli Carr & Monica Riskie

Owners/Directors
Camp SAM