Camp Staff

                     The Heart of Our Program

Our Camp Staff
The teachers, coaches, and university and high school student/athletes that make up our staff are the heart of our camp program. Many of our staff are former campers. Most return for multiple summers, working their way from junior counselor to counselor. This creates the wonderful sense of community, continuity, and tradition that sets our program apart. All our counselors and senior staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Our entire staff, from JCITs to Directors, are extremely motivated and dedicated to create and maintain a fun, safe, educational, supportive, positive camp environment.
There is one staff member for every 6 or 7 children in our program.

Meet the Directors

Scott Berridge (on the right)
Founder of our Los Altos program. Scott is a local boy (born in Palo Alto) and has lived within walking distance of our Los Altos camp location for the past 51 summers. He holds a B.S. in Human Performance from San Jose State University (’80) and has taught physical education to boys and girls ages 6-13 since 1982. Scott was a three-sport athlete at Homestead High and over the years has coached numerous youth sports teams including baseball, football, track and basketball. Scott is the proud father of four great kids (3 girls/1 boy) and all four have attended and worked at the camp.
Rich Wohlstadter (on the left)
Founder of the Decathlon Sports Club, Rich has 50 years of summer camp experience. Rich is not sure if he should be proud or embarrassed, but he hasn't missed a year of summer camp since he was 7 years old! He holds a B.A. from Stanford (‘76) and a Masters in Education from U.C.L.A. (‘80). Rich also taught and coached for 15 years at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.

Neal Swank
Neal grew up locally and attended St. Francis HS where he now teaches history and coaches football and basketball. He earned his BA at UC Davis in 2001. Neal is the father of two great boys and is excited to return to camp for his 18th consecutive summer (his 12th as a director)!

Linda Berridge

Linda runs the show behind-the-scenes at Decathlon. Data entry, phones, planning field trips, designing t-shirts, shopping for camp barbeques, payroll. Camp would grind to a halt without her help. She frees up time for Rich and Scott so they can take care of the daily camp operations and work on their spectacular array of wiffle ball pitches....including the reverse spin anti-gravity curveball.