Meet the Director

Sam Aboudara

Sam Aboudara has been working for NJY Camps since 2006 and as the fulltime Director of Teen Camp since 2012.

Prior to joining NJY Camps, Sam lived in London, England and worked as a freelance informal educator for a variety of UK based organizations. Before that, Sam was the Leadership Manager at Maccabi Great Britain, where he oversaw a collection of national youth and teen programs. It was with Maccabi GB, that Sam first became exposed to NJY Camps through their soccer partnership program. Sam completed a bachelor’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the renowned Loughborough University.

Since 2012, Sam has developed a variety of new program options in Teen Camp including a leadership training framework (winner of a National Zahav Award from JCC Association), a sports coach training program and various other camper enrichment opportunities. Sam was also selected to participate in the prestigious and competitive 16-month JCCA Merrin Fellowship, during which he won a grant to continue developing new projects for Teen Camp. Sam brings to camp a passion for nurturing personal growth and development, a drive for new ideas and innovations and an intent to infuse positive Jewish values and identity into all aspects of the camp experience. Sam’s favorite part of camp is seeing campers form committees to plan and deliver extraordinary camp legacies, special events and projects.

Sam lives in Morristown with his wife Sarah, their daughter Madelynn and their two cats. In his free time, Sam likes to stay active by practicing karate and playing soccer and when able to, enjoys traveling the world and even climbing the odd mountain or two. Sam is better known by the nickname of Scoobi at camp, but will never introduce himself that way!

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