Ingoldsby is the father of a disabled son and
has been involved in programs supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities
for many years. Tom manages the camp but during the summer
is as likely to be found on the beach with the campers or
having a meal at one of the houses as at his desk in the camp
office. As a student, he was a counselor at the Kennedy Institute
coached Special Olympics soccer and basketball teams for over
ten years. Like Camp Atlantic, the priorities on Tom's teams
were age appropriate behavior on and off the field, maximizing
individual potential and then winning. The athletes had a
broad range of athletic ability and social development. Through
their interaction on the field and in team sponsored events,
they have become a group of friends who interact with each
other and who enjoy each other's company. The group dynamics
of the Special Olympics teams are very similar to the sense
of belonging and friendship that Camp Atlantic generates.
from his law firm and enjoys working part time as a lawyer.
He is a graduate of Brown University and Duke
University Law School.
Megan Phillips, Director, is a seventh generation resident
of Sussex County. Her love of the beach and the beach way
of life is in her blood. Megan has the wonderful ability to
direct conversations with campers so they feel in charge of
a conversation that leads to a good decision. This makes her
a popular and very effective leader at camp.
Megan joined Camp Atlantic as the Assistant Director in 2017
and became the Director in 2018. She prepares the weekly schedule
of activities and manages the camp's operation during the summer.
Her favorite activities are the trips to the waterpark, the 4th
of July Parade and days at the beach. It is not surprising that
Megan finds that providing a deserving group of people a summer
all about fun in a safe and secure setting is a big reward of her position.
Megan has extensive experience dealing with the special needs
population. She is a third grade special needs teacher in the
Indian River School District. During college, she was a camp
counselor at the Boys & Girls Club in Laurel, Delaware and
a mentor in a group home for mentally disabled individuals.
Megan is a graduate of Wilmington University. She lives with
her husband, Taylor, and daughter, Piper, in Seaford, Delaware.
leaders live with the campers in the beach houses and
are their companions in their daily activities. The group
leaders are instrumental in creating the "house spirit"
and organize most of the events that occur within the house
such as game nights and special desserts. They also create
the structure necessary for the house to function effectively
and assign and monitor household chores.
to the start of each season, the group leaders receive 40
hours of training including a First Aid course. Most of the
group leaders have been working with persons with disabilities
or are studying for careers in education, medical rehabilitation
or social support services.