Shwayder Camp staff hail from around the world. With diverse backgrounds and years of camp experience, our staff will ensure that campers are safe, happy and having the best summer ever. Our Directors are dedicated to creating a feeling of community at Shwayder. They build campers’ confidence and maintain a balanced lifestyle throughout the summer where campers can flourish and develop long-lasting relationships. Temple Emanuel clergy also play a large role at Shwayder Camp by teaching Jewish values through activities and celebrations.

Jodie Abrams Schafer, Camp Director

This summer will be Jodie’s eighth year as the Director of Shwayder Camp. Jodie grew up in St. Louis where she developed a passion for Jewish youth education through her involvement in youth group and synagogue life. While pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Kent State University, Jodie began her tenure at Shwayder Camp as a counselor, kitchen manager, unit head and eventually assistant director.

As director, Jodie has brought a passion for Jewish education and identity as she works to develop confidences and value-driven campers and staff. Jodie is currently pursuing her masters degree in organizational leadership with a focus in strategic leadership at the University of Colorado Boulder. Jodie is personally passionate about blending Reform Judaism values that are ingrained in everyday life at camp back into daily life outside of Shwayder and creating a community that is based on respect and pride.

Julia Teitell, Assistant Director

Julia Teitell is so excited to be returning to Shwayder Camp as the Assistant Director. She grew up in Littleton, Colorado where she began cultivating her Jewish community through youth group and her love for experiential learning. Julia attended Colorado State University where she received her Bachelors of Arts and Science in Human Development & Family Studies and Sociology. After graduating, she spent some time in the Peace Corps where she taught English at the University level in Central China. After returning from China, Julia spent three years as the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai in Denver. Most recently, Julia was running a free summer camp for vulnerable youth in Denver and Aurora called Camp POSTCARD. Julia is so happy to return to Shwayder Camp as the Assistant Director. She spent six summers on staff at Shwayder in the roles of kitchen staff, counselor, and program director and couldn’t be more excited to see you all at 10,200 feet!


The exceptional individuals who make up our staff are exemplary role models for your children. They are caring, mature, experienced and certified in both First Aid and CPR. Our ten-day staff training program serves to enhance their existing skill set and expose them to the most cutting-edge research and theory in the ever changing world of Jewish summer camping. The vast majority of our staff grew up at Shwayder Camp themselves, extending the Shwayder experience L’dor V’dor (from generation to generation). Others join us from our homeland, bringing the soul, culture and energy of Israel to our front door. Each of our staff remembers with great reverence the vibrancy of youth and is dedicated to leading a positive Jewish life. With a nearly two-to-one camper-to-staff ratio, campers have the opportunity to form close relationships with those who guarantee their safety and well-being.