||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 (16) and Luke (14), Steve is a former All-American wrestler at Stanford. He has directed camps throughout the Bay Area for over 20 years, and now directs Decathlon year round. Heather was an All-American soccer player at Stanford. She has also served as a longtime teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District, currently teaching 5th 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 26th 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 14 summers as a director.) During the school year Jen is a teacher at the Woodside Preschool and has been teaching there for the past 15 years. While not teaching, Jen enjoys reading, fitness, walking her two dogs, and going to concerts! She is also the proud mother of Josie (3), and Rocco (1). A bit of trivia...Jen was named Athlete of Year at Woodside High in 1998. Her sport: Basketball.
Mitchell was born and raised in the great Redwood City. He attended Roosevelt, St. Pius, and graduated from Serra High School in 2009. He then graduated as a film major from Cal State Northridge in 2015.
Growing up, he played about eight years of soccer and a few years each of basketball, baseball, and fencing. At Serra, he ran on both the cross country and track teams for four years. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Junior Award and received the Most Valuable Athlete his senior year of Cross Country.
This will be his 19th year at the great DSC, and is a proud member of the prestigious Decathlon "Triple Hall of Fame". As a camper, one of his favorite events was the World Cup Soccer Tournament that is played every session. He also has fond memories of popsicles and pogo sticks. His freelance film editing career has allowed Decathlon to borrow him for yet another year.
Not only is this my 7th year working at Decathlon, but I had the good fortune to attend several years as a kid growing up in Redwood City. I am thrilled to finally be serving in my first year as a director! And even though it was many years ago, I still have great memories of hanging out and playing sports at Decathlon with friends (and, of course, the popsicles!). In high school, I wrestled, ran track, and played football and basketball, and have practiced martial arts for many years. I also teach martial arts and coach gymnastics for kids of all ages in Santa Clara. I am a San Diego State graduate where I studied film. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing video games, exercising, and getting out into nature. I look forward most to meeting and playing sports with all the campers, and am especially excited for the basketball and football games!
This year will be my 14th year at Decathlon, and it is always what I look forward to each and every summer. After missing camp last summer, I was thrilled to get the call "from the bullpen" to come in and help out the camp as a director for the first time.
I can still remember the excitement of the first day of camp each year, and being a staff member is no different. In high school I played football, basketball, and lacrosse, but I love playing other sports and activities as well. I just completed my junior year at George Washington in Washington, DC.
My most memorable moment in my Decathlon history was taking my Double Hall of Fame photo with the mysterious Great Carnac. It reminded me of how special camp has been to me, and how many amazing memories it has provided me over the years being here. I have been a camper, Junior Counselor in Training, a Junior Counselor, and Counselor. Now as a director I hope to provide every camper the time of their lives in a whole new capacity. It's time to get the countdown to Olympic week going!
Megan is really excited to be working at Decathlon again this summer! This will be her fourth year as a director but she has been a member of the Decathlon staff in one form or another for over 9 years now.
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 third year of teaching fourth grade at St. Matthew's 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 9th year at Decathlon - 2 as a JC, a session as photographer, 4 years as a counselor, and now entering her third 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 bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 2015, and is one of the loudest and proudest Duck fans you’ll 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 started work in Presentation High School’s athletic department. Sinead is thrilled to be back at Decathlon for what will surely be her best summer yet!