The Black Family
Welcome, Future Camp Families! Lake Owego Camp is part of a camp organization that has been owned and operated by our family, the Black family, for over 80 years and 4 generations. It's one of America's oldest camps under continual ownership. Lake Owego’s sister camp is Camp Timber Tops and it is affiliated with Pine Forest Camp for boys and girls, started in 1931 by Hughie and Selma Black.
Our Team of Directors
in alphabetical order
Jeff "Freedo" Freedman
Jeff started as a camper at Lake Owego Camp in the 1970’s and since then, has gained over 20 years of experience as an independent boys camp director. Prior to entering the camp world, Jeff was a lawyer for the NCAA. He was also a competitive tennis and basketball student-athlete in college and received All-American accolades. He has a passion for youth and what camp can provide for them and feels that camp is the best place in the world for a boy to spend his summer.
Kyle started at Lake Owego Camp as an 11th grade camper. During his time at camp he has been a basketball counselor, athletic director, unit leader, and head counselor. Kyle is a 6th grade teacher and grade team leader at Fieldston Middle School in the Riverdale, New York. Outside of his school day, Kyle is active in preparing for the summer. Kyle's background includes coaching both high school basketball and soccer. Kyle formed and leads the Pike County Athletic Association which conducts a wide variety of athletic tournaments throughout the summer for a number of camps in the area.
Johnny and Rachel Waszczak have been year-round camp directors for over twelve years, and bring invaluable experience in the outdoors, wilderness trips, rock climbing, ropes course instruction, and lifeguarding. Johnny is an American Camp Association committee member and prepares for the summer all winter-long. Rachel is a nurse and serves as our camp healthcare coordinator. Johnny, Rachel, and their children live in Greeley, PA all year!
Director Emeritus, Shelly Silver
Shelly has been in education for 40 years, the last 11 as an elementary school principal at East Brook School in Park Ridge, New Jersey. He began his teaching career in physical education and coach in New York City. As a high school basketball coach, he won two city championships with his team participating in state finals. He has been in camping for over 35 years and is the author of The Smart Parents' Guide to Summer Camps. Shelly also authored "Athletic Energy for Academic Power," published in The New York Times Sunday Sports.