History and Leadership

We have served Orange County Families since 1998


Camp James at the Newport Dunes is located in one of the most scenic places in Orange County. Our program has provided positive summer camp experiences for more than 38,000 campers since it began. We have proudly employed more than 4000 wonderful individuals who dedicated their summer to providing support, leadership, adventure and play opportunities to the campers in our care. Many of these folks have become parents since they worked with us, and are now sending their children to Camp James. Our award winning CILT program for teens has provided over 7000 high school teens the opportunity to learn, grow, serve special needs campers, and participate and share the joy of camp.

Children need opportunities to make friends, challenge themselves, be creative, experience nature, laugh, jump, splash, dance around, and have fun.

The need for kids to play outside has never been greater. The need for human connection is vital for a healthy and happy life for all children. We are here to make play and connection happen in real time. We have many traditions that we hold dear, but know that we are dedicated to continual growth and development as an organization. We will work hard so that we may provide the very best camp experience for the children in our care, including yours.

American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited Camp


We all want our children to have a wonderful childhood and experience life as it should be. We want them to feel secure, happy and surrounded by friends and kind, supportive adults. Childhood should be filled with adventures, challenges, and joy. Camp is the ideal place to find these things. As parents ourselves, we can imagine you may have concerns about where your children spend their summer and who is watching out for them.

In response to these valid concerns, we have three suggestions for all parents:

Choose an American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited Camp

Choose Experienced & Educated Directors

Choose a Quality Staff and Involved Directors​

Choose an American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited Camp

Not all camps are accredited. The ACA is the internationally recognized authority on camps. ACA Accreditation means the camp has successfully passed hundreds of health, safety, facility, personnel and industry program standards. Camp James is ACA accredited.


Choose Experienced & Educated Directors​

Executive Directors

Theresa “Legend” Collins: Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, over 35 years working at camp; Proud mother of two!

Scottie “Grey Squirrel” Roach: BA in Recreation Management, over 36 years working at camp; Proud mother of two!

Program Directors

Jade “Cocoa” Sammy: BS in Psychology; over 28 years working at Camp James; Kindergarten teacher, Certified Archery Training Instructor

Ryan “Hobo Joe” Koster: over 15 years working with Camp James; Board Certified ABA Therapist, Program Director at a residence facility for adults with disabilities.

Adam “North Shore” Dorchak: BA in Political Science; over 15 years at Camp James; Certified lifeguard & works at swim school.

Iris “Kiwi” Zhou: BS in Marine Biology, Previous Nature Instructor at Camp James; High school science teacher

Supporting Program Directors

Andrew “Jazz” Cuesta: MA in Education, over 20 years working at Camp James; elementary teacher in a special day class. Proud father of a daughter!

Heather  “Chipper” Seid: MBA; over 15 years working at Camp James; Cantor. Proud mother of two!

Allison “Koda” Freitas: BS in Child and Family Development; over 10 years working at Camp James; elementary teacher.

Daniel “Spiderman” Barrett: holds a BS in Accounting. He comes to us from our Parent company James Events Productions with over 20 years experience in events. https://jamesevents.com/

Several directors are Certified Red Cross Instructors. The directors are dedicated to providing a positive camp experience for children, families and the wonderful staff who care for the kids. Collectively, we have over 100 years of camp experience!

Choose a Quality Staff and Involved Directors​

The key to having a great camp is having a great staff. Our staff are certified in CPR and First Aid and are carefully screened and trained. As directors we are completely “OUT THERE”! We are involved in camp operations and are on-site each day, not in some office far away. A great staff requires competent, dedicated, experienced and caring leadership. We hope your search for the perfect camp ends at Camp James. We are all dedicated to providing positive experiences and happy memories to the children and families we serve.

We hope to see you this summer,

Grey Squirrel, Mama Llama, Jazz, Chipper, Koda, Hobo Joe, Cocoa, Aqua, and Spiderman!