The Summer of a Lifetime
Each summer 60 or so adults gather in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts at Odyssey Teen Camp to live in community, work hard, and help teenagers accept themselves for who they are. We work long, tough hours and change lives every day—while having a lot of fun! Here’s a little bit about our dedicated core staff below, who return year after year to help us run OTC.
Founder & Executive Director
Adam founded Odyssey Teen Camp in 2000, with a vision to create a space where teenagers would feel safe and encouraged to try new things. He recognizes that teens face many obstacles, and OTC provides them with a judgment-free environment where they can explore who they are while pursuing their passions. Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Westchester with his wife Jena, a nurse practitioner, his stepson Zubin, his daughter Aviva, and a couple of Bernese Mountain dogs.
Director of Operations
Derek’s educational background in performance art and fabrication at Massachusetts College of Art and his involvement in experimental theater makes him the perfect producer for the wacky events and classes we like to create at camp. At OTC, you can find him collaborating with teens to construct ephemeral sculptures and put on our exciting events. Derek and his team of teenage producers have created glitter-covered drag shows, karaoke parties in the middle of the woods, and a parade made of golf-cart-animal-floats.
Chloe is a dreamer and big-picture-thinker. When she’s not dreaming of new projects and programs to do at teen camp, she works as a production designer and visual artist. Many of her programming ideas for camp — evening activities like I Don’t Think So, Honey and our Artist in Residence Program — are inspired by the performance and art world. In 2013, Chloe obtained her bachelor’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies from Earlham College. This educational background allows her to think critically about identity at camp and better support LGBTQAI+ campers at teen camp.
Director of Communications
Georgios has been at OTC since its inception in 2000. He’s toured the country with two different circuses, is a published poet, and is active in the underground theatre scene in New Orleans. They also help run one of the largest Harm Reduction organizations in Louisiana. Georgios’s favorite part of camp is helping weird, creative, idiosyncratic, and shy teens realize how cool they actually are!
We are super grateful to welcome Er to our leadership team because we know their deep compassion, love of creativity and fun, and unwavering patience benefit our camp community in so many ways. Er’s work as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker is an incredible asset to our team. When not at camp, Er specializes in supporting adult LGBTQIA+ folks who struggle with eating disorders. They also dance in several dance companies, rock climb, snowboard, and volunteer with Planned Parenthood. Er’s ability to support and connect with campers makes them a perfect asset to our team.
During the year, Alexa is a teacher, mechanic, and is involved in mutual aid networking around the country. Alexa is incredible at growing and building tradition at camp. She knows how valuable communal spirit is and has helped countless teenagers learn more about themselves and form their most cherished relationships. We are so lucky to have her on our team!
Danny’s amazing organizational skills come from a long career in coordinating modern dance and performance work. With an amazing ability to combine compassion and organization, Danny will be in the camp office to answer any questions regarding your child’s travel logistics. He’s our multi-tasking, deadline-meeting, tap-dancing office manager. If we’re lucky, he also may teach some dance classes! In Summer 21, he and Er worked together to create a Dance Interpretation of the Salem Witch Trials in our Big Show.
Adam Simon, camp director