BT Camps Director
Sam brings a wealth of experience to us at BT Camps, with 31 years in both resident & day camping. This includes 26 years at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh as Director of Emma Kaufmann Camp and Noar & Bogrim Travel Day Camp for 20 years, 3 years as Director at Herzl Camp in Minneapolis, MN, and 1 year as Director of the JCC of Greater Palm Beaches Day Camp. Additionally, Sam was the Director of Sports and Recreation and Director of Maccabi Programming at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh for 10 years.
Sam is a father of 2 teenage girls, and he has spoken to over 2500 participants over the past 10 years at the Tri-State Camping Conference, ACA Keystone Regional & ACA Mid-Atlantic Camp Conferences, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp conferences.
Sam is a graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camps’ Lekhu Lakhem 2nd Cohort, a Jewish educational leadership fellowship designed to enhance Jewish learning in camping and to infuse Jewish educational passion and visionary leadership for campers and staff in the summer camp setting.
BT Camps is very well-known as one of the best in Day Camping across the country. I plan on continuing the rich traditions at BT which include creating a strong culture, campers and staff building relationships, adding and continuing great activities, and also creating stability and a plan for the future of BT Camps I also plan to continue the strong BT Camps tradition by leveraging the “one BT community” (which includes camp, Hebrew School and Day School) to continue to build a Jewish camping experience for everyone!
Can’t wait to see you at camp!
Melissa PuritzAssistant DirectorMelissa Puritz is in her 9th summer as Assistant Director at BT Camps. Melissa is a kind, warm and creative person that staff and families gravitate toward. Raised in Owings Mills, it was important for Melissa to be around family and create roots of her own. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Melissa began teaching children from ages 2 through 8. Melissa and her husband have two sons and the love of her children and working with other children had brought her to Beth Tfiloh Camps. Melissa is excited to meet new families, support new and returning staff and families as well as work with Sam and Kim to help make this summer be the best yet!410-517-3451
Kim PuritzRegistrarKim Puritz is the registrar at BT Camps. She has been with BT Camps for one year and she loves everything about it. For a few years, Kim worked at BT PreSchool when it was in Glyndon. Prior to being at camp year round she worked in an Oral Surgeon's office, Pediatric Dental office and other various health insurance companies. But by far her camp experience has been the most fun and satisfying “job” of all. Kim is a wife of 22 years and has two daughters who really keep her on her toes. Kim looks forward to meeting all your children at BT Camps!410-517-3451
Larry BrashOperations CoordinatorLarry is beginning his 49th year at Beth Tfiloh Camps. Larry started working at the Boat Lake in 1972, and has moved around to almost every area of camp. For many years, Larry has been the Ropes Challenge Course manager, while having an active role in many other areas of operation including transportation, parking, purchasing and more. Larry graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1976 with a degree in Business Management. He has been married to Phyllis for 35 years and has 2 sons Andrew and Michael, both of whom have worked at BT camps. During the school year he works for Woodlawn Motor Coach as a charter driver and a dispatcher.410-517-3451
Lindsay GaisterDirector of After-School Programming and Social ActionLindsay Gaister Montague is a Beth Tfiloh alum of ’02, who graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Jewish Studies. During the school year, Lindsay works as the Director of After-School Programming and Social Action at Beth Tfiloh School and Congregation, where she has been employed for the last 14 years. During the summer, Lindsay works as BT Camps’ Director of STEAM Camp at the Old Court campus. When she’s not working, Lindsay loves to spend time with her family, including her husband Travys, her two-year old son, Logan, and her three dogs, Watson, Bella, and Shorty. Later this year, Lindsay looks forward to welcoming a new addition to the Montague family!410-413-2224
Jen PostalAthletics DirectorJen Postal has been a camper, a counselor, a department head, and many other roles in between. BT Camps has been a part of Jen’s life for over 35 years. She has been a PE teacher and coach at Beth Tfiloh School for the past 18 years. As a graduate from UMBC with a Master’s from McDaniel College, Jen brings a wealth of knowledge into the sports program at BT Camps. Outside of work, Jen can be found cheering on all of the local sports teams including the O’s, Ravens and Terps.410-517-3451
Lisa BrodmanHead NurseLisa Brodman RN, BSN, is the BT Camps head nurse, and she has been a part of BT Camps for the past 9 years. Lisa has been a nurse for 27 years and her background is all pediatrics. She worked PICU (pediatric intensive care) and pediatrics, and for the past 15 years she has worked as a school nurse for Baltimore County Public Schools. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is married to her husband, Zack, and between them, they have 4 children and 3 dogs. That's 7 - more than the Brady Bunch!410-517-3451
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