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Appel Farm seeking New Camp Director

For more than 61 years, summers at Appel Farm have sparked the imaginations of thousands of young people as they interacted with artists from around the world in a beautiful part of rural southern New Jersey. Our campers, young people ages 7-17 years old, come together for a camp experience they won’t forget!

Appel Farm prides itself on providing a creative, collaborative, and inclusive environment for all. We strive to nurture our team members’ creative talents and ideas in a meaningful and useful way. Safety, Community, Personal Growth, and Fun have always guided our program and continue to be grounding principles by which we operate. A place where everyone is valued and encouraged to dream big and stand out, Appel Farm provides candidates with the unique opportunity to work alongside some of the most creative and talented individuals in arts education and camp life.

If you are interested in joining our team as a full-time, year-round Camp Director please send resume and cover letter to Heather Yelle, Interim Executive Director at and

Camp Director Job Description can be found here.


​Julia Weekes

Former Camp Director, Camp Mom, Camp Alum

Julia is an educational management leader, educator, and artist. Julia brings nearly thirty years of experience in leadership and management, arts education, arts and science integration, early childhood education, project-based learning, cooperative learning, and progressive education to her new role as Appel Farm Art and Music Center Programs and Creativity Director.

Julia is a Philadelphia-area native and resides in the Mt. Airy section with her two teenage sons, Judah and Isaiah. Julia received her BFA from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts and her MAT from University of the Arts. She has spent decades teaching visual art and science with a focus on community-based programs. She has extensive experience in leadership positions as founder and executive director of an experiential education organization and early education center director.

Julia is also a proud Appel Farm alumna, attending the camp in the early 1980s. It was Appel Farm that inspired her to pursue the arts and foster a commitment to diversity and equity in education. She shared her love of Appel Farm with her children through nostalgic stories and trips to music festivals. Three summers ago, Judah and Isaiah began their own journey as Appel Farm campers. Appel Farm has become their home away from home and eagerly look forward to each summer, returning to their Appel Farm family…now bringing along their mom.


Appel Farm Staff

Heather Yelle, Interim Executive Director  (She/Her/Hers)
Kristina Hill, Arts Integration & STEAM Education Director  (She/Her/Hers)
Curtis Williams, Community Programs Director
Crystal Eckenroad, Accountant
Tanner Rushing, Administrative Coordinator/Teaching Artist (He/Him/His)
Taylor Charles, Community Programs Director Assistant
Kelly Rich, Administrative Coordinator  (She/Her/Hers)
Donald Nees III, Facilities Caretaker
Donald Nees Jr.,
Susan Miranda
, Technology & Program
Coordinator. (She/Her/Hers)
Danielle Walkden, Food Service Manager

Camp Staff

Appel Farm finds the very best Counselors, Instructors, and Leadership Team members from all over the world to work at camp each summer! So many of our Camp Staff come back year after year. Our staff are at least 20 years old, working toward a college degree, and have experience teaching and working with children. Many of our staff are experienced teaching artists with advanced degrees in their craft.