Pete Hare has been the Camp Director since 2001 and Executive Director of the Keewaydin Foundation since 2002. Pete grew up at camp, where his father, Waboos, was co-owner from 1946 to 1982 and Director until 2000. In addition to his years of leadership at camp, he has a strong educational background, having taught, advised and coached at the middle and high school levels for 19 years. Pete brings energetic and caring leadership to camp, while maintaining the traditions and philosophies that are the essence of Keewaydin.
Pete's family is a very active part of camp. His wife Diane, also a lifelong teacher, heads the tutoring program and directs the camp chorus. Their daughters Jenn and Ali were Songadeewin staff for many summers and their son James is a second year staff in Moosalamoo.
Keewaydin is known and respected for its mature and caring staff. Most of our staff have worked at camp for several summers; many are former campers. We believe in having a well-rounded staff combining older and younger individuals, often educators by profession. Our four Wigwam Directors have over fifty years of combined experience working with children at Keewaydin. In addition, they are all teachers during the year. For every four boys, there is one staffman who can teach, guide and support them throughout the summer. This staffman lives in a tent or cabin with the boys and sees that each camper has a well-rounded summer.
We pride ourselves on our thorough staff training program that focuses on how to effectively and appropriately work with children and how to make camp safe. All staffman are trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Waterfront staff have lifeguard and Red Cross Small Craft Safety certification.