Meet Our Directors
Amanda Ward is the Director of Camp Chinqueka. She spent seven summers as a camper in the 1990’s and has fond memories of the activities she tried, the lessons she learned and the friends she met along the way. She joined the Chinqueka Staff in 2005 as a CIT and worked her way up the totem pole to Counselor, having taught Dance, Swimming and Boating. In 2013 she joined our Administration Team where she has since helped lead the campers and staff as CIT Coordinator, Program Director and most recently Assistant Director. Amanda graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut and and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She has a background in Theater and Education and has taught Fifth Grade and Kindergarten in both Connecticut and Manhattan (NYC) private schools.
Amanda’s love for working with children, training counselors and teaching camp traditions continues to grow every year. When Amanda is not in the office, she can be found on Sunnyfield cheering on the soccer and volleyball games, at the bottom of the climbing tower watching the girls fly down the zip line or in the back of the dance studio learning new dance combinations. She develops close relationships with campers and camp families and prides herself on knowing every camper by name!
Having been a part of our summer family for over nearly 20 years, Amanda embodies everything that makes Camp Chinqueka a summer tradition since 1955. As Director, she has one main goal in mind – to help create the opportunity for as many girls as possible to have the same exceptional camping experience that she had.
Amanda lives in the Tri-State area and is in contact with our past, present and future Chinqueka families. She attends many of the camp fairs, reunions and home visits in the area and also performs tours of Chinqueka and Awosting year round. If you are interested in speaking with her about camp for this or next summer, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Ebner, an ACA-recognized summer camping pioneer, is Director Emeritus at Chinqueka and is still involved at camp as a consultant. Barbara has been on the staff at Camp Chinqueka since its founding in 1955. Barb earned her B.A. and M.A. in Education from Newark State College (now known as Kean University) in Union , NJ She spent nearly 20 years as an educator teaching in the New Jersey and Connecticut school systems before retiring to spend all of her time working with the camps.