Michael Humes, owner
Michael Humes was born a camper. Like Camp Regis-Applejack, Mike is a classic (in the best sense of the word!). He is active, kind and accepting of everyone. It’s impossible to think of Camp Regis-Applejack without thinking fondly of Mike.
Having grown-up at the camp that his parents built before he was born, Mike has never missed a summer at this place he loves so much. As a child, his favorite days were running around the camp, hiking the nearby peaks and learning to excel at every one of the activities offered at Camp Regis. Mike graduated from Pace University’s School of Education with a degree in teaching. When his father became ill, he knew that his calling was to take over the role of running Camp Regis-Applejack. For the next 40+ years, Mike welcomed thousands of families from all over the world to enjoy Camp Regis. He has taken on every role at the camp, from maintenance to camp counselor, from operations manager to sales manager. He has taught or assisted in all programs of camp: sailing, tennis, drama, mountain hiking, etc. While the world around us has changed so much, thanks to Mike, Camp Regis-Applejack remains pure in its ethos and in it’s experience.
A father of one older daughter living in Florence, Italy, and two teenage children (with the youngest about the go off to college), Mike has been a mentor to all the kids who’s lives have changed for the better due to their experiences at camp. As a father, his dedication and love is boundless. Throughout the years Mike has spent as much time as possible with his family; vacationing, hiking, preparing healthy meals and shuttling them around to hockey, friends homes, etc. In the “off-season” (there is no real off-season for a Camp Director) Mike lives in Princeton, NJ. But he spends a great deal of time at camp throughout the year- enjoying the beautiful property with family and friends.
Mike has camping in his blood and believes that the sense of community, the way that campers develop a feeling of self respect and respect for others, and the unique ability of “good camping” to impact relationship building leads a feelings of value and security. All this blends together to build the magical memories and feelings of camp that are remembered and treasured for years to come!
Will Bettmann, director
Will Bettmann has more than twenty years experience as an outdoor leader, educator and camp director. For his entire life he has spent summers in the Adirondacks, including two awesome years as a camper at Regis-Applejack. He was the director of Wellspring New York summer camp – located at Paul Smiths College – for six years. He has also led wilderness trip for at-risk teenagers in Southern Utah, founded and directed an outdoor-focused preschool and worked as an assistant principal at a dual-language elementary school. He loves all things outdoors and is looking forward to working with you and your family.