Join us for the 2019 season as we bring camp to the next level with 'Inside the Ourdoors!' Campers are invited to explore their love of nature in their own way through experiential learning, creative programming and hands-on activities led by local professionals in the field. Campers will be led on a daily adventure through a variety of imaginative and interactive activities.
We strive to provide campers with a nurturing experience that will help promote social, emotional and intellectual development. Our diverse specialty programs teach universal values that will encourage campers to explore aspects of Jewish traditions while remaining culturally sensitive to others. We give campers the opportunity to establish their role in the community through a variety of service learning projects. Lastly, we provide a positive atmosphere that is fundamentally focused on creating lasting and positive relationships with others.
DJ HORTON - CAMP DIRECTOR
DJ is returning for his tenth summer as Camp Director. DJ oversees all the JEA Children’s Programming during the school year including After School care, Saturday Night Out and Days at the JEA. DJ has over 20 years of summer camp experience both as a Camper, Counselor and Director. He provides the camp with an incredible sense of spirit, warmth and fun that is recognizable throughout the JEA. DJ holds his BS in Early Childhood Education from ASU.
JACKIE LABAN - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Jackie joined the team in Fall of 2018 and is the Assistant Director for all the JEA Children’s and Camp Programming. Before coming to the JEA she was a Site Coordinator for the Charleston County School District’s After Care and Camp programs for four years and worked with children with disabilities prior to that. She was also a camp counselor for the Columbia JCC while in college. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Jewish Studies.
Kristina Martell - Camp Team Leader
This is Kristina’s ninth year as the Assistant Camp Director. She helps facilitate activities, takes care of drop-off and pick-up and cares for the camper with the skinned knee or upset stomach, just to name a few. During the school year Kristina is a 3rd grade school teacher. It’s her nurturing demeanor and passion for children that creates an atmosphere that’s pleasing to campers, parents and staff. Kristina holds her BS in Early Childhood Education from Berry College.
Lynette Mikell - Camp Team Leader
While this is Lynette’s eighth summer with Camp Savannah, this is her second summer as Team Leader. She helps DJ with programming during the year for the After School, Days at the J and Saturday Night Out Programs. As a childcare specialist with over ten years of experience, she looks after the physical and emotional well-being of all campers. Lynette is currently pursuing a BA in Psychology at South University.