Meet the Camp Staff

Fessenden Summer Camps

The single most important aspect of any summer camp is the people who run it and who care for and mentor children day in and day out. At Fessenden, we’re proud to say we have some of the best. Our summer staff includes teachers, college and high school students, as well as specialists who provide their specific expertise for activities. Highly qualified, superbly trained, and deeply compassionate, our people make Fessenden Day Camp the great place it is.

Meet our year-round staff

Jenn Whalen-Sirois, Camp Director
(4 Years at Fessenden)

2023 will be Jenn’s second year as Director at Fessenden Summer Camps.  Prior to becoming Director she worked closely with the camp staff as Camp Administrator. Before coming to Fessenden, Jenn spent the majority of her camping career at Camp Bernadette, in Wolfeboro, NH, most recently as their Resident Director. Jenn has experienced summer camp from a variety of lenses, including a camper, CIT, counselor, program director, director and most importantly, as the parent campers and staff members.  Jenn is an active member of the American Camp Association where she volunteers as a Camp Accreditation Visitor.  She has also worked as a Middle School math and science teacher in Medford, MA . Jenn is a graduate of Boston University and a lover of all Boston’s local sports teams.

My family…
I have a 17 year old daughter and two sons, ages 11 and 15, who all love summer camp.  We live in Burlington with our standard poodle, Bridie.

My favorite camp activity is…
Swimming! There is no better way to cool off on a hot day.  I spent every summer as a teenager lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons at a summer camp!

What I love about camp is…
Camp is all about building relationships.  The best part of camp is meeting new people and making new friends, all while having a blast!

Nikki Bookwalter, Summer Camp Administrator
(2 years at Fessenden)

2023 will be Nikki’s second summer as the Fessenden Summer Camp Administrator.  Prior to Fessenden, Nikki worked at MIT in the Aquatics Department, overseeing lifeguards and special events. Nikki has worked at a variety of Summer Camps in the Greater Boston area and has a deep background in camp program development and administration. Nikki was a competitive swimmer for 18 years, and joined the Varsity team at Boston University where she received her undergraduate degrees in Art History and History. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Sports Management.

My Hobbies…
Traveling, hiking, cooking and reading. My favorite food to cook is Italian and my favorite book is Jane Eyre! Ireland is my favorite place to visit so far!

A fun fact about me…
I have moved 18 times in my life!

My favorite camp activity…
Soccer or anything in the water!