North American Camp Trust, Inc. (“NACT”) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that was formed in 2016 to preserve and expand the traditional day and overnight children’s summer camp experience. NACT accomplishes its mission by acquiring and operating for-profit camps, converting those camps to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, and, through a combination of fundraising and deployment of operating surpluses, providing scholarship assistance to deserving children to attend NACT’s own camps or other high quality camps. NACT assists children who face financial, medical or other challenges.
NACT believes all children should be able to experience summer camp which helps them to:
- Become more self-reliant and develop increased self-confidence and self-esteem;
- Assume greater responsibility for honoring their best selves:
- Learn to support each other in service of their collective well-being; and
- Help to create a safe and secure environment
In January 2019, NACT acquired its first summer camp, Pine Grove Day Camp located in Wall Township, New Jersey. In order to further its charitable purposes, NACT is actively pursuing the acquisition of additional for-profit camps which will be converted to not-for-profit status.
NACT’s Board and staff have extensive experience as leaders in business and nonprofit organizations. They have steered NACT’s launch with a strong dedication to its mission and vision.
Board of Directors
Dave Malter is the Director of the Gratz College Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership and Master's in Education programs and a frequent speaker at camp conferences around the United States. He is the Faculty Representative on the Gratz Board of Governors in addition to serving on several academic committees including Curriculum Development and Academic Affairs.
Dave has been involved with camps and youth development for over thirty years as a camper, counselor, administrator, teacher, and consultant. Dave grew up at Camp Discovery in New York, enjoying eight summers as a camper and seven summers working with special needs campers. He went on to become the "Director of Fun" at Meadowbrook Country Day Camp and joined the American Camp Association, NY & NJ office working on educational initiatives. When he graduated from this position, Dave joined Pine Grove Day Camp in New Jersey as the Assistant Director for 5 years. Dave currently serves as the Chair of the Local Council of Leaders for the Keystone Region of the American Camp Association after several years as the Professional Development Chair.
In addition to his work with youth development organizations, Dave is a Doctoral Candidate at Gratz College with a focus on training and development for year-round camp professionals. His passions are deeply rooted in providing innovative educational content to youth development professionals.
Michele’s camping roots run deep; she is a member of a camp family, which founded a traditional summer camp when she was a child, and for over two decades, Michele co-owned a business, which operated specialty camps on university campuses across the United States. For more than 20 years, she served as a board member and officer of the American Camp Association in New York. There, she chaired the Tri-State Camp Conference, the world’s largest conference for camp professionals. A founding board member and past president of Project Morry, a non-profit summer camp and year-round youth development program. ,. In recognition of her work on behalf of children in need and camping, Michele has received many regional and national camping awards.
Michele holds a Master of Arts in Special Education Administration from Columbia University.