Athletic Director Joel Peckham has worked at Manitou for more than 40 years, coaching the camp’s outstanding varsity baseball team to its legendary 56-game winning streak. He coaches basketball and baseball at Sharon High School in Sharon, MA and is a member of the Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame. He also leads the popular College League event. Joel is an avid Red Sox fan and Manitou’s replica of Fenway Park was named Peckham Park in his honor.
His wife, Jeanne Peckham, a gymnastics and dance instructor, coordinates the Manitou waterski program. She was the instrumental force behind the couple’s attendance at Manitou in 1970.
After attending summer camp in Maine as a child, she convinced her new husband that their family should do the same. The Peckhams have three children who each spent their childhood summers at Manitou. They now have two grandchildren at Manitou.
Manitou’s Camper Specialist, Adah Murray, came to Manitou in 2009 as a fencing instructor while attending The College of William and Mary. After taking two summers off for graduate school, Adah served as Manitou’s Sophomore Unit Leader prior to her current role as Camper Specialist. She loves helping campers and parents navigate boys’ early experiences at camp, and believes that camp has a profound power to positively impact kids.
Adah earned her Master of Education and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology from Penn State University.
Adah brought her husband, Keith, to Manitou in 2014 as the head of the Culinary program and now Executive Chef at Manitou’s sister camp, Camp Somerset. They live in New Hampshire, where she works as a school psychologist with students grades K-12.
Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, Mike spent 15 summers at the ’Tou as a camper, counselor, and unit-leader. He now returns as the Associate Director.
Mike came to Manitou in 1999 and met many of his lifelong friends at camp - three of his bunkmates ending up being his roommates at the University of Wisconsin.
After graduating from college, Mike spent many years as a television producer for NBC News & CBS Sports, covering the U.S. Open, SEC Football, March Madness & the Super Bowl.
Prior to coming back to the ’Tou, Mike served as the Associate Director of a distinguished day camp in Westchester, NY and then the as the Director of a prominent residential camp in New Hampshire. Mike currently lives in New York City with his fiancé, Margo.
This will be Corey’s 8th summer as Manitou’s Head Counselor. At both Manitou and during the off season Corey’s passion lies with working with college aged adults. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Corey received his Masters in Education and then his Doctoral Degree in Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
Helping staff remain happy, healthy and safe is Corey’s primary focus at camp. He has loved witnessing younger staff mature into camp leaders and takes pride in helping a group of counselors from different backgrounds and cultures work together and learn to appreciate and value their differences. During the school year Corey is the Wellness Manager for Vail Resorts in Colorado, where he does similar work with Vail Resorts employees.
His wife and two young children accompany Corey to Manitou (where he and his wife were married).
Instructional coordinator Josh Levy first came to Camp Manitou in 1984. He spent many summers as a camper, counselor, Color War chief, and as part of the leadership team. Josh developed a passion for teaching, and after graduating from Lafayette College, went on to receive his Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Cal Poly Pomona. He became an educator teaching high school and junior high school social studies in Pennsylvania, California, and Maine.
Currently, Josh is an elementary school assistant principal and loves coming back to East Pond each summer with his wife Lesley, three kids, and dog.
Josh also coordinates the tutoring program at Manitou and teaches the SAT prep class.
Bob “Waldo” Waldstein returns as Manitou’s Alumni Director and Liaison. A second-generation camper, he started attending Manitou in 1975 and has never really left. Previous camp positions include College League dean and Color War chief as well as Director of Evening Programs and Special Events. As Alumni Director, he makes connections throughout the Manitou Nation. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He is also an executive search consultant, specializing in the healthcare sector.
Operations Director, Adventure Program Leader & Sustainability Coordinator, Pete Hansen originally came to Manitou from New Zealand in 1999 as a waterski & wakeboard instructor. Now Pete oversees Manitou’s 100-acre facility and coordinates many of the daily behind-the-scenes operations. Pete is the first to arrive at camp each spring and the last to leave in the fall, making sure that all aspects of the top-notch facility are up to par as we head into each summer. A true outdoorsman and avid surfer, Pete created the Adventure Program, which takes campers out into the wilderness on treks and trips including: climbing Mt. Katahdin, multi-day sea-kayaking, mountain biking in the White Mountains, surfing in Kennebunkport, and island camping.
Pete also works hard to ensure that Manitou operates in an environmentally responsible way with sustainability endeavors such as the Manitou Gardens, Farm-to-Table Initiative, composting, and recycling programs at camp.
Wellness Director, Events Coordinator, & Staff Mom, Crystal worked for 3 summers as a counselor & Unit Leader at nearby Camp Matoaka. Crystal joined Pete and the team at Manitou in 2009.
In addition to teaching two daily yoga classes for campers and staff, Crystal started the popular Stand-Up Paddleboarding program. Prior to the summer, Crystal coordinates staff trainings and certification courses and runs the Manitou office. During the summer, Crystal encourages healthy habits for campers and staff alike, and works with the Head Counselor to ensure that Manitou’s staff are happy and healthy to create the best possible community of caregivers for our campers. After the campers return home in August, Crystal oversees facility use at at Manitou, including a number of fall weddings each year. Crystal, a certified Yoga instructor, holds a BA in Theater from Northern Kentucky University.
During the winter months, Pete and Crystal reside on the Big Island of Hawaii with their son Koa.
Music and Special Events Director Joel Peckham Jr. returned to Manitou in 2004. He began his tenure at camp in 1970, as a camper and later as a counselor. He is a professor of American Literature at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont College. He spearheaded the development of Manitou’s music program and camp band. He also runs several unique special events and evening activities. Joining Joel at camp are his wife Rachel and son Darius.
Scott first came to Manitou in 1983 as a camper. Now Scott runs the Manitou lacrosse program, and gets to witness his three sons having the same incredible camper experience as he did. In his spare time, Scott can be seen around the BBQ pit, cooking up a storm to our campers delight, including the famous Sunday morning outdoor “Ranger Breakfast.”
Scott has been in education for more than 15 years, as both the Director of Athletics, and Health & Wellness, and a Special Education teacher for Newton South High School in Massachusetts. He has coached Varsity Lacrosse, JV Lacrosse and 9th grade girls lacrosse, as well as plenty of time coaching his sons’ youth lacrosse teams. Scott is regarded as a leader of camp spirit and sports education for both campers and staff.
Scott is joined at camp by his three boys, Andrew, Jared and Jeffrey, and camp dogs, Wilma and Morty.