MEET OUR STAFF
Licensed New Jersey school teacher, former Major League Baseball Player, and former camper at YPDC of SI Keith has been the Owner/Director of Young People's Day Camp in New York/New Jersey since 2003. He grew up in the camping business having been a camper, counselor and division leader. Keith thoroughly enjoys the camp atmosphere and that is why he has returned to the camping world after his baseball career. He enjoys getting to know all of the children and their families during camp. Keith is also a current New Jersey school teacher where he again shows his career path at making a difference in children's lives. A former pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds he is a big believer in physical activity and a desire to make each child's summer as good as it can be. Keith has an “Open Door Policy.” He is always available to speak with about any situation. Keith and his wife enjoy their 3 boys, 2 of which are current camp counselors.
Ryan Babich is the Camp Director of Young People's Day Camp of Mercer County. Ryan, has been a child educator for 21 years in both Brooklyn, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Ryan has spent almost every summer of his life in Summer Camp, first as a camper and then in 27 years of Summer Camp employment. Twenty of those years were roles in Camp Supervision and Administration, including 4 years as an Assistant Camp Director and 6 years as a Camp Director. In addition, Ryan has been serving as an adjunct professor instructing college courses in Early Childhood Education for the past 7 years. Ryan looks forward to the Summer of 2018 where he will work together with his staff to provide the campers at YPDC of Mercer County with an extraordinary summer camp experience filled with great memories. He is a firm believer that recreation, physical activity and socialization are vital for young people to grow and thrive in all developmental areas. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending quality time with his wife and 2 school-aged children as well as following his hometown sports teams.
Renee’ has been a public school educator for 18 years and has over 20 years of Summer Camp experience. The majority of this time includes roles in camp administration and supervision, in the capacity of Director. Renee’ feels fortunate to have this wealth of camp experience, as she considers these to be the best summers of her life! Renee’ looks forward to sharing her summers with her staff and campers.
Renee’ has 3 children of her own. They have all been life-long campers. Her son and older daughter have been camp counselors for years. Her younger daughter is looking forward to becoming a counselor this summer.
As a result of first-hand experience, Renee' strongly believes that summer camp provides life changing experiences. It is through such opportunities that children develop positive social skills which foster friendships. Renee has had the opportunity to witness, through her own children's camp experiences, their development of life-long friendships and memories they cherish to this day.
In addition, Renee’ is the Assistant Coach of her school district's high school step team. She proudly serves in various roles in her district’s education association, tutors students after school, and teaches the gifted math program in her school. On the weekends, during the summer, Renee is the assistant supervisor to the special event coordinator at a local summer camp.
Renee’ can't wait until the summer of 2018! She is excited to work with her staff to provide each camper with an exciting, memorable summer camp experience.