Monthly Archives:January 2019

Staff Spotlight: Coach Carol Ann Chambers

Posted by January 15, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Running and Fitness Coach Carol Ann Chambers!

Coach Carol Ann Chambers is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Youth Exercise Specialist, and a Group Personal Training Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is a Nationally Accredited Interscholastic Coach and a USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coach. She is a Physical Education Teacher, the Middle School Student Government Coordinator, and the Head Cross Country & Track & Field Coach for the San Diego Jewish Academy’s High School & Middle School Girls & Boys Teams. She is also the President of Public Programs for Soccer Shots San Diego Central, North County & Coastal Communities, which is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development and positively impacting young people. Coach Chambers is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Peace & Conflict Studies and French. She recently created Zoom Sports, an organization whose mission is to provide the best and most supportive coaching and training environment so athletes of all ages and ability levels can grow and improve in running, fitness and in life. This includes Team Zoom, a year-round, competitive USATF-Certified Cross Country, Road Racing & Track & Field Program for Girls and Boys, Ages 7-17. Carol Ann was previously a Head Coach for Girls on the Run San Diego, and the Co-Founder, Co-Director and Running Coach for the San Diego Youth Fitness Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate young people about the importance of choosing a healthy and active lifestyle. She is an experienced Teacher, Coach and Personal Trainer who has been teaching and coaching for over 8 years. Coach Chambers is also an avid athlete herself, who loves everything about running, sports and fitness, and she has completed over 30 marathons and half-marathons, and just about every distance race in between. She considers a 15-mile mountain run or a 3-mile bootcamp obstacle course a fun way to spend the weekend. Coach Chambers lives in beautiful San Diego with her husband, John, and her two young daughters.

We are so excited to have Coach Carol Ann join our team!


Meet Lauren Bohne

Posted by January 9, 2019 • Share:

Our Team is Growing…Welcome Lauren Bohne, our new Operations Director!

As our community grows, so does our leadership team. We’re very excited to announce that Lauren Bohne has joined us as Operations Director.  

Lauren was born and raised in New York City. She moved to the Bay Area four years ago and while she does not miss the East Coast winters, she does often crave a New York bagel. Here is a bit more info about Lauren’s camp history and even a few fun facts!

Which Kind of Camps Have You Worked at Previously?

Most recently I was the Camp and Youth Director at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael.  While there, I oversaw the growth of Camp Kehillah, the only Jewish day camp in Marin. I have always loved playing outdoors and I’ll take any excuse to wear a rainbow tutu, so my summers have always been dedicated to camping! From a camper to CIT, to counselor, Head Counselor, Unit Supervisor, and Director, I have enjoyed almost every role there is at camp. Day camp, sleep-away camp and travel programs – I’ve experienced them all as a camper and as a staff member. And through it all one thing is clear: life’s most important lessons are learned at Jewish summer camp.

How Has Judaism Fit into Your Camping Work?

I grew up in the Reform Jewish movement, as an active participant in my Temple Youth Group and NFTY. I started my career as the Youth Director at a reform congregation in New York. I have worked in Jewish Day Schools in LA and as an education director in Boston. I have lead retreats, Tikkun Olam-based alternate break experiences and trips to Israel. I have taught every grade in Religious School – these days you can find me hanging out with 1st graders in San Rafael on Sundays.

Tell us a Fun Fact (or three) About Yourself?

Let’s see…I played Field hockey in high school, which required wearing bright orange uniforms. Go Eagles! I am currently on a quest to visit all 60 National Parks. I’ve been to 37 parks so far and 49 of the 50 states – Alaska, I’m coming for you!  Recently I started training for my very first half marathon with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge. It’s a LOT of miles, but it’s a worthy cause.


What are you most excited for this summer?

I am excited for everything! I can’t wait to meet all of the campers and the staff. I am looking forward to song sessions, campfires and the Maccabi Cup! Plus, I am hoping to get some pointers on my jump shots and how to throw a football with a spiral.