||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, and positive camp environment. There is one staff member for every 6 or 7 children in our program.
Meet the Directors
Steve and Heather Buddie
Parents of Molly (18) and Luke (16), Steve is a former Stanford All-American wrestler and coach. He has directed camps throughout the Bay Area for over 25 years, and now directs Decathlon year round. Heather was an All-American soccer player, also at Stanford. She has served as a longtime teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District, currently teaching 3rd grade at Hoover Elementary. They bring to Decathlon 50 years of combined experience working with children.
Founder of the Decathlon Sports Club, Rich has over 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 and a Masters in Education from UCLA. Rich also taught and coached for 15 years at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. He currently serves as the camp's consultant and "godfather."
This will be Jen's 27th summer at the Decathlon Sports Club! She's a quintuple "Hall of Famer!" (3 as a camper, 1 as a JCIT, 4 as a JC, 4 as a counselor, and now 15 summers as a director.) During the school year Jen is a teacher at the Woodside Preschool and has been teaching there for the past 16 years. While not teaching, Jen enjoys reading, fitness, walking her two dogs, and going to concerts! She is also the proud mother of Josie (5), and Rocco (3). A bit of trivia...Jen was named Athlete of Year at Woodside High in 1998. Her sport: Basketball.
After several years as a camper and many as a counselor, Jeff enters his second year on the director team...and his 10th overall year at camp! And even though it was many years ago, he still has great memories of hanging out and playing sports at Decathlon with friends (and, of course, the popsicles!). In high school, Jeff wrestled, ran track, and played football and basketball, and has practiced martial arts for many years. He also teaches martial arts and coaches gymnastics for kids of all ages in Santa Clara. He is a San Diego State graduate where he studied film. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games, exercising, and getting out into nature. He is our residential Pokemon card trading expert at camp, as well as our comic relief. It is great to have Jeff back for another year with us.
Megan is really excited to be working at Decathlon again this summer! This will be her fifth year as a director but she has been a member of the Decathlon staff in one form or another for over 10 years now (her 20th overall....only the THIRD person to ever enter the quadruple Hall of Fame!)
She has lived in Redwood City her entire life. She attended St. Pius Elementary School, Notre Dame High School in Belmont, and Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. She is now in her fourth year of teaching fourth grade at St. Gregory in San Mateo.
Growing up her three favorite sports were tennis, soccer and volleyball. Megan shares her love of sports with her newest camp group: the JCITs.
This will be Sinead's 10th year at Decathlon - 2 as a JC, a session as photographer, 4 years as a counselor, and now entering her fourth as a director. Sinead grew up dancing for Murphy Irish Dancers, but basketball has been her main passion since she started in middle school. She played basketball, soccer and ran cross country through high school, and in college also dabbled in intramural volleyball, spikeball, kickball, cornhole, softball, indoor soccer, pool basketball, and flag football.
She earned her bachelorís degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 2015, and is one of the loudest and proudest Duck fans youíll ever meet. She then headed further north to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she earned her Masters in Sport and Athletic Administration. This fall she began her second full year in Presentation High Schoolís athletic department. Sinead is thrilled to be back at Decathlon for what will surely be her best summer yet!