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Camp Harmony (Warren, NJ) - Contact Us
Jerry Amedeo, Owner/Director
Jerry was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ and attended Monmouth College in West Long Branch and later Fordham University in New York City.Â Jerry started his passion for camp at Camp Lewis, a Boy Scout Camp where he was a camper for a few summers when he joined the staff as "bugler" in 1956! Â Jerry never played the bugle but so wanted to be a staff member that he practiced all day and night (to his mother's delight).
always had a passion for music.Â At the same time, Jerry
own band, Sleepy & the Invictas, playing drums and keyboards and backing such popular groups as The Shirelles
and The Emotions
on their hit records (including the Billboard hit Will You Still Love Me Tomorrowâ€¦that's Jerry on the drums).
After eight seasons on the staff of Camp Lewis, Jerry was elevated to Camp Director at 21 years old! Â The following year, in 1964, needing to have weekends off for the band, Jerry came to Camp Harmony Day Camp (as it was known then) as Program Director. Â Jerry stayed for four summers when, in 1968, he left Harmony for a chance to direct a very large Boy Scout Camp on Long Island. Â After one season, Jerry returned to Harmony as Camp Director.Â That was the summer of 1969 and he hasn't left since, purchasing Camp Harmony in 1976.Â Jerry has three daughters, all of whom have had important roles in Camp.Â His oldest daughter Nicole currently serves as Assistant Director while his youngest, Elyse, serves as a Division Unit Head (DUH).
purchase of the Camp, Jerry
has gone on to invent much of what has become Camp Harmony
: from developing our group names (like Pioneer, Blueberrys, etc.) to instituting characters like the Genius and Goat to traditions like the Closing Banquet and ugga buggas!
Jerry served on the Watchung Borough Board of Education for ten years and was later appointed Commissioner on the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.Â Jerry went on to be named a Commissioner on the NJ Turnpike Authority and currently serves on the School Ethics Commission, having also been named to the transition teams of Governors Whitman and Christie. Â Humanitarian causes have been a passion of Jerry's for his entire life.Â In 2005, Jerry won the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award from the Make-A-Wish foundation.Â Jerry is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth University and has sat on the Boards of Directors of many community organizations.
About Camp Harmony
Jerry Amedeo (Owner/Director)
Jerry joined Camp Harmony as Program Director in 1964 (this year marks Jerry's 45th season!), and has owned Camp Harmony since 1976.
As the owner, he is an active part of the camp day.
Jerry and his wife, Carol, work closely with all of the Directors and Lifers throughout the year to plan camp activities.
has 3 daughters who are an integral part of camp.
Carol and Jerry
work closely with all of the Directors and Lifers throughout the year to plan camp activities.
Jerry Amedeo, Ross Yang, and Denise Drabick join volunteer board.
...Green Brook, NJ, April 19, 2003 - The Green Brook Education Foundation (GBEF) today announced the addition of education expert and local business owner Jerry Amedeo, former Green Brook school board member Ross Yang, and communications executive Denise A. Drabick to its board of volunteers, bringing the total number of directors to six.
is a brand new addition.
experience to Ross' insights from his 3 years on the Green Brook
Board of Education, and the Foundation becomes much stronger as a champion of innovative educational programs within Green Brook
that are not available through public funding," Drabick continued.
...About Jerry AmedeoJerry Amedeo
is a long time area resident and a business owner whose 40-year career has focused on children and education.He is the executive director of the Somerset Hills School in Warren, NJ, the largest private residential treatment center in the state for boys with behavioral disabilities.He is also owner and director of Camp Harmony, a summer day camp in Warren, NJ where Jerry began his career in 1964 as program director.From 1985 to 1995 Jerry served on the Watchung Borough Board of Education and was its president during three of those years.
expertise in education, Christie Whitman added Jerry
transition team in 1993 when she
was elected governor and later appointed him to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority where he
served for four years.In addition, Jerry served on the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission at its inception in 1996 for five years and is presently a member of the faculty and academic affairs trustee committee at Monmouth University.He
resides in Green Brook
wife and who is also his
Camp Harmony (Warren, NJ) - Once upon a time...
In 1955, Camp Harmony made the transition to being a day camp and in 1964, Jerry Amedeo joined the staff as Program Director.
In the coming years, Jerry went on to invent much of what has become the current Camp Harmony: from developing our group names (like Pioneer, Blueberrys, etc.) to instituting characters like the Genius and Goat.
In 1976, Jerry
bought Camp Harmony
including the property on both sides of Mount Horeb Road.