Silver Lake Summer Camp Directors
Michael & Shari Baer
Michael and Shari Baer have been the proud owners of Chipinaw since 1999 and Silver lake since 2004. Having both been in camping since their youth, this is a dream come true!
Michael started as a camper at the age of seven and loved it so much that he pursued a degree in Recreational Management and Business Administration at Ithaca College. As a director, he handles everything from overseeing the hiring of the staff to talking with all the parents. Most importantly, he ensures that the campers have the best summer possible!
Shari has been in camping for over three decades as a camper, counselor, group leader, and head counselor. Her love for children led her to a degree in teaching with an emphasis in reading. She now spends her winter months volunteering at the local elementary school where their children, Cameron and Dylan, attend as well as getting camp ready! Every summer all her energy is devoted to ensuring that all the campers are properly cared for and, most importantly, are safe and happy.
Adam Kappel has been a member of the Chipinaw family since the age of ten, growing up at camp with his brothers and cousins. Adam loved everything about his second home so much that he became a high school math teacher so he could continue working at camp. From a counselor to a group leader to the athletic director, he gained experience in multiple areas. In 2005 Adam became the director of Silver Lake. His mission was to pass on the rich Chipinaw traditions to our Silver Lake campers, and to his own family as well. He met his wife, Susan, at Chipinaw in 1995, and their boys, Jordan and Brett, are both campers at Chipinaw. During the winter months, he works with Michael and Shari to continue to improve the Chipinaw experience for all of our campers.
On behalf of the entire Chipinaw family, Michael & Shari, Adam and his family look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our family.