Why camp Jeanne d’arc

Meet the Staff

Executive Camp Directors

Sandy & Randy Abbott

(aka camp Mom and Dad). We are passionate about and dedicated to the empowerment of our campers. Along with our dedicated Senior Staff, we work year round to create an extraordinary summer experience for our girls. We spend our off-season living in the town of Plattsburgh, NY, just a short drive from Camp. We enjoy exploring the outdoors, spending time with extended family, exercising, traveling to visit our campers, volunteering in the community, and keeping up with our 3 adult children and one teenage son. At camp you’ll find me (Sandy) in the gardens, exploring at Camp Cormier, and overseeing the details of the camp facility. Randy’s favorite place to be at camp is the waterfront. As a certified lifeguard trainer, he oversees all things at the water. Randy also spends a fair amount of time at his computer keeping our camp parents informed and taken care of. We feel so blessed to be able to dedicate our lives to helping our camp families build strong girls!

Senior Camp Director


Lauren Cesiro was introduced to Camp in 1995 by her Mom, a camper and counselor in the 1970s, Joanne Rubino Cesiro. Lauren and her younger sister, Kristen Cesiro Goldman, picked blue feathers that summer, and have been Jolis Coeurs and Jeanne d’Arc-ers ever since. Lauren was a camper, CIT, and counselor at camp before joining staff as our Head Counselor. It was her positive social experiences at camp, as well as the leadership opportunities afforded to her as a CIT and counselor, that prepared her to train our counselors to be their best selves, in turn influencing our campers with strength and confidence.

Senior Camp Director


Maria Salas is from Caracas, Venezuela and has been a Jeanne d’Arc-er since 2005. All the opportunities she had as a Camper, CIT and Counselor gave her the skills and confidence to become the Operations Director for the last four years. She can not wait for Award Night and Banquet when Improvement Points are awarded to our campers. Seeing our campers excel in the activities she loves so much, reminds Maria why she loved camp in the first place. Really, the most essential thing to know about Maria: she’s a proud Les Pucelle!

Camp Counselors

Our exceptional camp counselors are hired to help us on our mission to build strong girls

We hire counselors who are:

Staff positions


Our C.I.T. program is a transitional step from camper to counselor, as 16-17 year olds take on increasing responsibility and leadership training, giving them the necessary skills and confidence to be leaders both at camp and outside of camp. The C.I.T.s participate in training, begin to lead activities, and plan camp wide projects.


Junior Counselors take on a vital role at camp as they assist in teaching activities and managing cabin life. Junior Counselors work cooperatively with fellow counselors while continuing to grow their leadership abilities and learning new mentorship skills. They participate in planning and carrying out events/activities, learn to lead Independently, and begin to learn how to mentor others. 


Senior Counselors are the backbone of the camp expenence, leading activities and cabin life while offering mentorship to Junior Counselors and C.I.T.s. Their ability to lead, act independently, create and carry out long term plans, and problem solve make them essential members of the team.


Under the supervision of Director Staff, Directors step up in responsibility as they help manage both counselors and entire activity areas of camp, plan and carry out training for counselor staff, and participate In executive decision-making. This high level of leadership requires a great deal of independent decision-making, autonomy, and trust.

To apply for a Director position, send an email directly to info@campjeannedarc.com

Hiring process

Our counselors go through a series of interviews in order to earn their position as a staff member at JDA. They are carefully vetted through a series of background checks and feedback from prior employers. Only the very best are hired as staff at Camp Jeanne d’Arc.


Staff schedule

7:15 am – Reveille (Wake up to the morning bugle)

8:00 am – Flag Raising and Breakfast

9:30 am – Activities! Enjoy all the fun Camp Jeanne d’Arc has to offer, with a snack in between

1:00 pm – Lunch (Yummy!) and collect mail

2:00 pm – Rest Hour (Take a break on your bunk to rest, read, listen to music or write home)

3:00 pm – Choice Activity. Choose something new every day, or do your favorite again

5:00 pm – Cabin Time

6:00 pm – Dinner (Served family style, so take what you want. There’s a yummy salad bar too!)

7:00 pm – Evening activities (More activities after dinner, usually as a big group)

8:00 pm – Campfire and Goodnight Circle (Sing and relax before bed)

9:20 pm – Taps (Don’t forget the milk and cookies served to you before lights out)

Frequently asked questions

You have questions, we have answers. Go through your most frequently asked questions about staff and hiring.
We strive to fill all our hired positions with strong female leaders; however, each summer we usually employ a few young men to support our female counselors in conducting activities. Our young men are very carefully vetted. Young men are never permitted in the cabins. There are several men and young men that work in the kitchen and on the maintenance crew. All employees are background checked.
Our counselors go through a series of interviews in order to earn their position as a staff member at JDA. They are carefully vetted through a series of background checks and feedback from prior employers. Only the very best are hired as staff at Camp Jeanne d’Arc.
  • Care for campers in the cabin and guide them at activities
  • Teach and lead activities
  • Participate and lead camp traditions
  • Work individually and in a group

Join the adventure this summer!