Alina Ackenbom camp leadership

Alina Ackenbom
Executive Director
alina@campfriendship.com

Skye Ackenbom camp leadership

Skye Ackenbom
Lead Director
skye@campfriendship.com

Kim Betts
Camp Director
kim@campfriendship.com

Kenny Betts
Facilities Director
kenny@campfriendship.com


Tennis pro and director Alina preparing for a serve during the camp friendship tennis summer program.

Alina Ackenbom

Executive Director
alina@campfriendship.com

Alina is originally from Russia and has been a Camp Friendship staff member since 1997. She holds a Masters Degree of Education from Ufa State Pedagogical University of Russia. Alina received her Basic Camp Director Course certification in 2005 and International Camp Director Course Certification in 2010. She is a leader in the camping industry by acting as a visitor for the American Camp Association, helping ensure other camps follow safety standards and sharing her knowledge of quality camp programs.

Together with her husband Chuck Ackenbom, she oversees Camp Friendship’s business operations. Alina is the Founder and Director of Friendship Tennis Academy that offers tennis programs to children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association as an Elite Tennis Professional, her summer tennis clinics draw tennis players from around the world. Alina is passionate about educating youth and teaching them valuable life skills both at camp and on the tennis court.

Alina and Chuck are the proud parents of Nika and Tyler who love growing up at camp and making new friends with campers from all over the world.

Director Skye Ackenbom smiling on our hay ride at camp with our horses.

Skye Ackenbom

Lead Director
skye@campfriendship.com

Skye is the daughter of founder Chuck Ackenbom. She grew up at Camp Friendship as a camper, counselor and horseback riding instructor. As a junior, she rode at local and rated levels, showing competitively all over the country.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Skye returned to Camp Friendship as a director in 2004 and currently oversees the Equestrian Center and works with our team of directors to manage the day-to-day operations of Camp and its year-round staff. She is also a member of the American Camp Association.

Skye brings a unique perspective to Camp leadership since she spent her childhood here and feels so lucky to still live in such a wonderful place.

Skye loves the outdoors, animals, working with children and is excited to continue the legacy her father built for another 50 years to come!

Director Sarah Ackenbom riding a horse to prepare us for our overnight equestrian summer camp.

Sarah Ackenbom

Director
sarahackenbom@campfriendship.com

Daughter-in-law of Chuck Ackenbom, Sarah Ackenbom is from a military family and grew up in several areas around the United States. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and a Master’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington. She worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and loved being a part of a child’s individual learning journey.

A member of the American Camp Association, Sarah is a behavior specialist and brings expertise in child development to Camp by helping to train and oversee our staff.

Sarah coordinates retreats and weddings at Camp Friendship in the fall and spring as well as field trips for students and teachers hoping for a unique outdoor learning experience.

In addition, Sarah is an avid equestrian and is an integral part of our Equestrian Center.

Kim Betts

Camp Director
kim@campfriendship.com

Kim grew up in Northern Virginia and has spent every summer at camp since she was eight years-old. She was a camper, CIT, Junior Counselor and Counselor before taking a full-time role at camp right after college graduation. Kim has worked at two residential summer camps in the roles of Registrar, Assistant Director, Director of Administration, and Human Resources Manager. She is a member of the American Camp Association, where she has served in various leadership roles with the Local Council of Leaders and is a Standards Visitor. Kim is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has lived in Virginia and Colorado. She lives at camp with her husband, Kenny, and their children: Brayden, Brinley, and Bristol. Kim loves reading, crafting, Pinterest, naps, and chocolate.

Kenny Betts

Facilities Director
kenny@campfriendship.com

Kenny grew up living in Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island, and was introduced to the world of camp after college by his wife, Kim (our Camp Director). He worked at a residential summer camp as the Facility Manager for ten years, and in the property restoration and apartment maintenance industry for eight years. Kenny is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has lived in Virginia and Colorado. He lives at camp with his wife, Kim, and their children: Brayden, Brinley, and Bristol. Kenny loves sports- especially baseball, ice hockey, and football- and home improvement.

Our campers come first every time.