Our Administrative Team

Camp Netimus Staff members are from across the USA and from countries around the world.

Tabitha "Tabz" Taber: Long before becoming a director at camp, Tabz was a Netimus camper at the age of seven and has attended camp every summer since; serving as counselor, canoeing and swimming specialist, CPR/First Aid instructor, Senior Program Coordinator, and Day Camp Coordinator. In May of 2005, Tabz graduated from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA with a BA in Business Management

Diane DeMarco, Interim Enrollment Director: Diane DeMarco became connected to the camp when her daughters first attended in 2008. She has worked in a variety of roles for camp since then, teaching classes, working in the office, teaching, and supporting staff, scheduling and helping campers. Most recently, she is our Interim Enrollment Director, helping parents get their children ready to come to camp.

Donna Kistler, Director Emeritus: Donna Kistler retired from Camp Netimus at the end of 2022. Donna's camping experience started at age 10. She was a camper at several camps, became a counselor-in-training (CIT), and came to Netimus as a counselor in 1964. During her years at Netimus, she served as the head of various departments, Head Counselor, as well as the Owner/Director along with her husband Jim. While she and Jim have stepped down from their active roles at camp, they remain in an ownership position. Their influence on Camp’s culture and traditions will remain a part of our Camp experience forever.

Netimus Staff

Our summer camp staff (counselors and support staff) is made up of college students, teachers, retirees and many other professionals. They are dedicated to helping your child have the best summer camp experience possible! We boast a better than 2.5:1 camper to counselor ratio. Many of our staff members are former campers, who as senior campers at Netimus, completed a four summer leadership program. Staff members are from across the USA and from countries around the world. They are hired for their ability to provide a safe, positive, supportive, and fun atmosphere for children; as well as for their skills in performing and teaching camp activities. All staff members take part in a 10 day pre-camp orientation program which includes Red Cross CPR certification. All waterfront staff are certified lifeguards through the American Red Cross or its equivalency. In addition to the counselors who teach the various activities and who live in the cabins with the campers, the support staff plays an important part in creating a successful Netimus summer. For more information about our counselors and support staff, contact us.


How does Netimus recruit and interview counselors?
We recruit by word of mouth, through agencies, the internet, advertisements and college job fairs. All counselors are interviewed in person or via telephone. Background checks are performed on all new staff members. International counselors are hired through agencies that interview and screen prospective counselors before they go through our interviewing and selection process. The staff members we hire understand their duties and responsibilities and sign a contract in that regard.

Is there a staff orientation and what does it cover?
There is a 10 day pre-camp training program which includes sessions on teaching techniques and lesson planning, health and safety, emergency procedures, department set-up, personnel policies, cabin dynamics and handling situations. In addition, some staff members come to camp early for certification or refresher courses in various activity areas.