Our Directors

Peter Morris

Peter Morris Camp Director Camp Awosting in a matching stars and stripes outfit

Twenty years ago, I joined the Camp Awosting staff as a ropes instructor as well as a number of different roles.This has kept me associated with the Ebner family and their camps ever since. I have helped with their Boulder Ridge Day camp and helped set up their new day camp Eagle Rock 9 years ago.

Between my visits to camp, I spent twenty years at sea, fifteen years on cruise ships and the last five years on the interislander ferries which sail between the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

New Zealand is home and when I am not traveling the world, I spend time boating in the beach town where I live and mountain biking all over New Zealand.

Awosting is a unique place where I enjoy all it has to offer to our counselors, campers and camper families. It is certainly a place like no other and I am honored to take my place in the Awosting family history.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris Ebner Martin

Kris is the President/CEO of Ebner Camps, Inc.. She follows in the footsteps of her father (Buzz Ebner), her aunt (Barbara Ebner) and grandfather (the late Oscar Ebner Sr.), who all served as Directors of Awosting and Chinqueka, as well as President/Vice President of Ebner Camps, for several decades. Kris spent her first summer at Awosting at the age of 5 months! As a child, she attended our sister camp, Chinqueka, and later joined the staff as a CIT, counselor and Program Director. Kris has been the Waterfront Director or Director at Chinqueka or Awosting for over 30 years. As Director, Kris’ primary goal is to ensure the children at Awosting and Chinqueka have a safe, caring and fun environment where they can grow and develop into responsible young men and women.

Kris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Charter Oak State College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Ashford University. In between her time as Director of Chinqueka and Awosting, Kris served as Executive Director of a YMCA camp in Florida. Kris is one of the founding owners of two nearby day camps, Boulder Ridge and Eagle Rock, also operated by Ebner Camps. She is an active member of the American Camp Association and Connecticut Camping Association.

In addition to being a camp director, Kris is a single mother of 3 boys, who all attended Awosting as campers. Her two older boys are now married and her youngest, Hugh, will be a full-fledged staff member at Chinqueka in 2022, working at the motocross track. Kris and Hugh live in Connecticut, near camp. (As the girls at Chinqueka can tell you, it’s just “300 yards down the road”!)

When not coordinating the operations at the 4 Ebner Camps, Kris is a 40 year member of her barbershop chorus, enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her dog Scoot and her friends & family. She also has a new love, a beautiful granddaughter Tahlia Fay who will undoubtedly spend her summers at Chinqueka in the near future.

Buzz and Sherry Ebner

Buzz and Sherry are Directors Emeritus of Camp Awosting and have been together at Awosting for over 50 years. Buzz has actually been at Awosting for over 70 years, having started as a camper at age 6 and been on the staff since he was 16, including nearly 30 years as Director starting in 1975. For many years, they were the “engine” that made Awosting run – combining caring and fun to make sure each camper was treated like one of their own children – and still love being a part of the Awosting community today. Buzz and Sherry have been recognized by the American Camp Association as “Pioneers of Camping” for over 30 years of professional camp experience.

Buzz and Sherry’s daughter, Kris Ebner Martin, is the Managing Director of Ebner Camps and Director of Awosting. She is ensuring that the next generation of Awosting and Chinqueka campers enjoy everything that has made our camps a summer tradition since 1900.