Staff and Volunteers

Staff and Volunteers



Jon has been involved in YMCA Camping since his first 4 weeks at YMCA Camp Echo as an 8 year old, and has spent over 30 years attending and working at camps. He previously worked in various roles at Camp Echo and YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, and has been the director of Camp Abnaki since 2003. Jon met his wife Tammy while studying education at the University of Vermont. Jon and Tammy have 3 sons–Jake, Will, and Peter. The family lives in Burlington during the school year and up at camp in the summer.

Contact Jon by calling 802-652-8129, or

Head shot of Adam Van Vaught

Assistant Camp Director Adam Van Vught


Adam grew up in Central Vermont but now lives in Burlington. He comes to camp by way of Windridge Tennis & Sports Camps which provided him with great all-around knowledge of camp operations. His tenure at Windridge included time in the kitchen, office, as a counselor, in the program department, and the head counselor in charge of all aspects of the boys’ camp. Adam was also a member of the senior management team and was the lead for the camp’s accreditation process. In his free time Adam is a sports enthusiast, while also enjoying interests such as musicals and travelling. Contact Adam by calling 802-652-8131 or


Head shot of Chris Retz with his child on his shoulders


Chris began his life at Camp Abnaki in March of 2012. Chris has a long history of working in camping, having previously worked in various roles at camps in Maine and Massachusetts. He has also worked as a private contractor, and brings a wealth of knowledge in camp property management to Camp Abnaki.Chris lives at camp year round with his wife Tanya and their children, Rebekah and Avery, and their dog Harlie.

Contact Chris year-round by calling 802-372-6164 or

head shot of David Dustin


David is practically a life-long member of the Abnaki community, now in his 18th summer at camp and 8th as Program Director. David studied secondary education at Champlain College and is now a teacher at Conant High School in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

David has a passion for U.S. history, enjoys playing Capture the Flag, and is a fan of Star Trek. David was the recipient of the Spirit of Abnaki award in 2004.