Tom O’Neill, Camp Director

“What brings me back to Golden Slipper Camp each summer is the kids and the spirit,” said Tom O’Neill, Camp Director of Golden Slipper Camp. “Kids from all different backgrounds come together for four weeks, and we become a family.”

With over 2 decades of experience at Golden Slipper Camp, plus 13 more at other camps, Tom’s enthusiasm for camp and the incredible experiences kids have each summer drives him professionally. As of September 2010, Tom retired after 35 years of teaching Special Education in the Philadelphia School District and has been involved with summer camp just as long.

“I’ve dedicated my life to working with children of all ages, races, religions, and abilities,” he said.

He began a career in camping as a counselor with the Variety Club Camp for Physically Disabled, eventually becoming Head Counselor and, for six years, Assistant Director. In this latter role, his experience with the administrative and management side of camp began to flourish, leading to his role since 1989 as Assistant Director at Golden Slipper Camp and Camp Director in 2006.

Tom earned a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary and special education at Lock Haven University and a master’s in education from Temple University.

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