FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ~ AND ANSWERS!
Who are the directors of Birchmont? 0
Greg and Laura Pierce. Birchmont is owned and operated exclusively by the Pierce Family. We have no absent or minority partners, and we are not part of any camp group consortium. Birchmont is the only sleepaway we run and we live on the camp for 3 months a year. Greg’s grandfather, Forrester Pierce, was the creator of the first camp in America, established in 1918. Greg Pierce is a full-time, third generation camp director who brings a lifetime of knowledge, experience, and commitment to Birchmont. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education from Whittenberg University in Ohio. Greg is a long standing Board Member of both the American Camp Association and the New Hampshire Camp Directors Association, and is a member of the American Camp Association Public Guidance Service and past president of the Long Island Association of Private Schools and Camps.
Laura Pierce was a camper, counselor, and group leader at Birchmont before becoming a director. Laura attended Tufts University where she played Women’s Volleyball while studying nursing at the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. Switching gears, Laura earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Communications. She was a past program director at both A&E Networks and BRAVO. Laura plays an active role in all aspects of Girls Camp and supervises the infirmary, dietary concerns and special camper needs.
Both Laura and Greg have a “hands on” approach to all aspects of camping. Laura and Greg have raised two children who attended Birchmont. Their son, Will, graduated from Dartmouth and has served in many roles at camp, to include most recently serving as a Group Leader for Upper Boys Camp. Their daughter, Victoria recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, and also worked as a Group Leader during the summer.
To assist Greg and Laura, Birchmont has two full time staff members, Greg Howes and Judy Liddy, Judy having been with Greg and Laura since they assumed directorship of the camp. Judy possesses many creative talents and a tireless commitment to camping excellence. Educated at Hunter College, Judy’s years of teaching young children, her extensive background as a trained leader in both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and the pivotal role she plays each summer coordinating all facets of Birchmont’s office, afford Greg and Laura the freedom to devote their full time and attention to your children. Judy and her husband, Tom, our Associate Director who has been with the Pierce Family since being a camper in 1956, team up to devote their summers to Birchmont and our campers.
Greg Howes has been with Birchmont since graduating Springfield College, Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Education in 1990. A two sport athlete at Division II Springfield (baseball, soccer) Howes served as Athletic Director, Teacher and Coach in the Hampden, MA Schools for five years prior to beginning full time with the Pierces in 1995. At Birchmont, Howes has held the role of Assistant Director on a year-round basis for 13 years now. His duties include new camper recruitment, staff hiring, summer sales tours, as well as serving as the Athletic Director. He is also likely to be the first person you come in contact with when inquiring about Birchmont.