Imagine finding out that your dream job, something that you only thought existed in your imagination, was an actual possibility. Well, the time has finally come where I get to live out my dreams, opening and running Camp Somerset and seeing it bustling with girls making memories and living life as their best self.
My first introduction to camp was when my brothers began their summers at Camp Manitou – I tried to sneak in, but it was only for boys. I found my way to a truly wonderful summer camp in New Hampshire when I was 8 years old and since then summer camp has been a driving force in my life.
Camp was the most formative experience in my early years, and then the most fun and challenging experience as I grew into adulthood. Now, Camp gets to be my everything, my family, my future and my dream come true.
I have known Josh since we were young kids growing up together in Newton, Massachusetts and can’t believe that we can now turn our years of friendship and mutual love of summer camp into creating and running an exceptional girls summer program.
In between summers at Manitou, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in political science, and a minor in women’s studies, and then attended Suffolk University School of Law. For the next seven years, I practiced health and employment law before returning to the camping world.
These past few summers, I have been spending time at Manitou, helping during the offseason and getting re-acclimated to all the elements that make up a wonderful camp. Now, I feel ready, confident, and thrilled to be able to open the doors to Camp Somerset.
My husband Jared and I live in Natick, Massachusetts with our two young daughters (aka future campers) and our newborn son. I cannot wait to share this amazing new experience with both my family and yours. Soon enough we’ll have dozens of kids around the campfire roasting their s’mores before heading off to their first night at their summer home. Now doesn’t that sound awesome?
Kate Auerbach, Owner & Director
I’ll never forget August 14, 2002. That was the day that I drove out of Camp Manitou after my final summer, tears in my eyes, but certain that I would eventually find my way back to camp. For as long as I can remember, running a summer camp has been my one and only dream job. Since that day nearly 15 years ago, I have been consumed by how I would make that dream a reality and am so excited that I now get to do so alongside such an amazing friend and colleague in Kate.
I came to Camp Manitou as an 8-year- old in 1989. I was homesick for one night and then never looked back. My 16 summers at Manitou as a camper, counselor, and assistant director have done more for me than any other experience in my life. Whether it was my mother sending me to camp with an ill-advised Roger Rabbit shirt, growing up for eight summers with the same group of friends, or experiencing the honor of leading a college league team in 1999, there were simply no bad days. That is why I am so passionate about the summer camp experience and believe that every child deserves the gift of camp.
After graduating with a business degree from Emory University, I moved to Washington, D.C. and began an incredibly rewarding career in the restaurant industry. Along with my partners, we built EatWell DC into a company of five restaurants with a private produce farm in Maryland and more than 200 employees.
Since 2009, I have been fortunate to be a founding volunteer, board member, and associate director for Experience Camps, a non-profit organization that provides free, one-week camps to children who have lost a parent or sibling. As the camp director for the Manitou Experience, our flagship program in Maine, I was able to live my dream for one week each year.
I live in Washington, D.C. with my partner Adam who shares my excitement for our new summer home along East Pond. The countdown to arrival day begins…I can hear the cheering now.
Josh Hahn, Owner & Director
My 16 summers as a camper, counselor, and director have done more for me than any other experience in my life. That is why I am so passionate about the summer camp experience.
Josh Hahn | Owner & Director