Vermont camp for children and adults with special needs names new executive director

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Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:05am -- Denise Sortor

Camp Thorpe (, now in its 92nd season of providing a fun and safe summer camp experience for children and adults with special needs from throughout Vermont, has hired a new Executive Director, Heather Moore of Burlington, starting June 17th.

“We are incredibly excited that Heather Moore will be joining the Camp Thorpe family this summer as our new Executive Director,” says Martha Heath, co-president and treasurer of the board. “After careful consideration to make sure we had just the right match for our beloved Camp, I am confident that we have found a real winner in Heather!”

Lyle Jepson, co-president and secretary of the board, and former Camp Thorpe director for 22 years, concurs. “It takes a lot of energy, the ability to multi-task, a wealth of knowledge, and a real passion and love for our campers to be a successful Executive Director here. Heather has all that and more. We’re lucky to have her!”

Heather says, “I am truly honored to accept the position of Executive Director of Camp Thorpe. The people who have guided and loved this nonprofit for the past 92 years have done so with heart and vision, and I seek to continue in that great tradition. The beauty of the physical space that is Camp Thorpe is only rivaled by the joy that it brings to children and adults in the summer months. I look forward to building upon this institution and continuing to provide top notch experiences to campers.”

Heather Moore has worked in educational institutions for over a decade as a counselor, teacher, administrator and board member. She has a BA and MA in history from Skidmore College and the University of Vermont, respectively, and is a Fulbright scholar.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on special education at UVM.

She has traveled extensively around the world researching, writing, and learning. Heather currently resides in Burlington with her husband and young daughter.

Camp Thorpe was founded in 1927 by the Reverend Walter and Lavinia Thorpe. Its vision is to create a camp community where everyone feels safe, secure and accepted. Camp Thorpe is a 501(c)(3) organization which provides the individual care, close supervision, and assistance needed so all campers can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, nature activities and campfires, along with skit night, arts and crafts, dances, and karaoke.