The Rhodes family has owned and operated Deerkill Day Camp since its founding in 1958. Founded by Irwin Rhodes, Deerkill Day Camp is now directed by his granddaughter, Rebecca, and her husband Todd Rothman.
Bob was a counselor at Deerkill Day Camp during his college years. He returned after ten years as a college professor to join his parents as a Director in 1977 and has never left. Bob and his father Irwin Rhodes co-authored Fundamentals of Day Camping published by the American Camp Association. Bob’s hobbies include photography, hiking and reading.
Karen has been a Director since 1977. Karen is a licensed psychologist. She has post-doctoral training in family therapy (FIW) and has taught child development courses in college. Karen was also a school psychologist for many years and currently has a private practice specializing in family therapy. Karen is an avid watercolor artist who loves painting outdoor scenes and enjoys traveling abroad.
Rebecca’s grandparents Irwin (J.D. NYU) and Midge (A.B. Hunter College) founded Deerkill Park Day Camp in 1958 (later dropping the “Park”). Irwin had previously followed his parents as Director of the sleep away camps High Lake and Winona. He and Midge purchased Deerkill as a summer camp for the boys and girls who visited the bungalow colony across the street every summer. Irwin was also a trustee of the Robert Louis Steven School for many years as well as a local homebuilder - perhaps his most famous building is Deerkill’s own basketball pavilion, an area landmark.
Jennifer is in her 21st year at Deerkill. She works year round as our office manager and Head of Transportation. Jennifer knows every short cut in the Tri-State area and is amazing at creating safe and efficient bus routes for our campers. She is an automotive enthusiast and loves her Dunkin Donuts coffee.
After working for two summers as our Specialty Head in Computers, Deloris joined us in our business office in 2010. In her role as Business Office Manager, Deloris helps facilitate camper enrollment, serves as a liaison to our parents’ off-season needs and publishes the camp newspaper among many other things. Her son also works at Deerkill.
“Uncle Mike” joined the Deerkill team officially as our Head of Maintenance & Grounds in 2019 however he’s long been known for his efforts and spirit at our annual Fall Fest. He and his Maintenance team take great care to ensure Deerkill’s grounds are pristine, safe and ready for our campers.
Mat is the Head of the Waterfront. He has a Masters in Teaching from STAC. Mat has been a camper since 1988 and has worked on the waterfront for over 15 years. As an American Red Cross instructor, he has trained many of our own lifeguards as well as other local camps’ staff. He is a teacher in a local elementary school and is looking forward to winning the inter-camp softball championship for Deerkill!
Alan recently retired as one of our Directors after 50 years. His presence at Deerkill dates back to 1969! His three sons have attended Camp, one of whom is now the Head of Waterfront. Alan previously was the Dean at Kakiat Junior High School and Athletic Director at Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, NY. In his spare time, he takes a special interest in the New York Rangers. He met his wife Cathy at Deerkill.
Steve is in his 13th year at Deerkill and is the Head Counselor for the Upper Camp boy groups. He is a 6th Grade Teacher at Felix Festa Middle School with an M.S. in Education and Special Education. He also coaches wrestling and softball. Steve enjoys spending time with his twin daughters (who are also campers) and his wife Mallory.
Mallory has been at Deerkill since 2005 and is the Head Counselor for the Junior Camp groups. She has a Master’s in Special Education and is a Special Education Teacher in Harrison, NY. She loves spending time with her family and friends, but her favorite activity is chasing her and Steve’s twin girls.
Nora Solomon has been with Deerkill since 1998; this is her 13th year on our staff. Nora is our Head Counselor for the Upper Camp girl groups. She has her Masters and is a Teacher in Manhattan. Nora enjoys singing, theater, macramé, and recently was married!
Dennis is our Head of Programming. He holds a Master’s in Integrating Technology in the Classroom and is a Social Studies/Technology teacher. He enjoys playing sports, reading, and seeing live music. He joins us for his 9th summer and has been working at camps for over 30 years.
Mike is our Scheduling Coordinator and Head of our Club program. He is currently a Math Coach for NY City Department of Education. He has been at Deerkill since 1991 as a counselor and co-manages & plays on the staff softball team. This is his 23rd year as a group leader for the 7 year old boys group. Mike’s two daughters are also at Deerkill this summer.
This is Josh’s 21st year at Deerkill as a counselor. He leads our Quest elective program. Josh has a Master’s Degree from the University of Albany and teaches in the Bronx. He is crazy about softball and co-manages the Deerkill staff team along with Mike Litt.
Dara is returning for her 6th summer as our Forms Administrator and Attendance Coordinator. She has an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia and her daughter Carly attends Deerkill.
Rosina is in her 22nd year at Deerkill as our bookkeeper. She has her own consulting company. Both of her children attended and worked at Deerkill.
This is Pam’s 5th summer at Deerkill. She is our Summer Office Manager. Pam has her Master’s in Elementary Education. Her son works at Deerkill and her daughter attends as a camper.
Nicole is our Transportation Assistant. This is her 6th summer at Deerkill. She has a degree in Sociology and Elementary Education and is very passionate about all things Disney.
We are so proud of the fact that so many of our staff return year after year to be part of our extended Deerkill Day Camp family.