“It is a community, that represents the closest thing I have found to what friendship, education, family and life should be; an unapologetic embrace of the adventure and potential of everyday.” – Greg, Tennis Director (2016)
Rachel and Jamie Chadwin, Co-Directors
Rachel and Jamie Chadwin have spent the greater part of their lives at overnight camp as campers, counselors, athletic/program directors, and assistant directors. They each bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac.
Jamie and Rachel began dating as camp counselors, graduated college, eventually married, and returned to camp together to pursue not only a career but the most meaningful life for their family.
Rachel, in addition to some years of teaching middle school, has been involved in camping for the greater part of her career. Working in traditional, specialty, and academic camps, Rachel has partnered with families all over the world to provide children with the best summer experiences.
Outside of working at camp for many years in the summers, Jamie also brings over twenty years of coaching experience (college, high school, international basketball) and sixteen years of elementary school teaching experience to Mah-Kee-Nac.
Together, they have a deep understanding for the meaning of camp in a child’s life, and a belief that partnering with parents is the foundation to ensuring a child’s ultimate success at camp. Rachel graduated from Denison University in Ohio with a B.A. in Psychology and Physical Education, and Jamie earned a B.A. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Delaware.
The Chadwins reside in Ardmore, Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia with their three daughters, Paige and Reese (twins, 10 yrs) and Shay (five yrs).
Kevin Lilley, Associate Director
Kevin started at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in 2002 as the Baseball Director. Kevin felt a warmth at MKN and continued spending his summers as Athletic Director, Program Director and Operations Director until becoming the year-round Assistant Director in 2009 for 7 years. Now as Associate Director, Kevin is involved in staff recruitment, staff training, program development, IT, facilities and has terrific relationships with campers, parents and staff.
Kevin also lives at Camp all-year with his wife Rebecca, two sons and their pup Crumbs.
Lillie Kugler, Assistant Director
The newest member to the MKN team from Chicago, Lillie brings 14 years of camper, counselor and administrative experience from Camp Marimeta in Eagle River, Wisconsin. With a specialty in programming and special events, Lillie knows the ins and outs of camping from many different levels which adds a new, fun and fresh perspective to Mah-Kee-Nac’s leadership team.
The strong sense of community at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is both created and cultivated by our staff members. Rachel, Jamie, Kevin and Lillie see this bond as the most influential takeaway that is shared with campers. MKN’s warm environment builds a sense of safety and encouragement that helps each boy to take healthy risks, develop new interests and make lifelong friends.
With a staff from all over the world, MKN is proud to have on average a 70% staff return rate each summer. This element provides an extra sense of comfort for the boys and allows the Leadership Team to exercise and implement more long-term, in-depth training.
The leaders of all our programs are experienced coaches, assisted by more than 100 skilled counselors, many of which are teachers or students majoring in education or another child related field. All counselors are hired to coach in a particular area to ensure that MKN campers receive specialized instruction.
The people at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac have always been the foundation to its honorable 88 years of camp excellence.