Applications for 2017 open December 1st!

Camp Cory boasts a group of extremely dedicated full-time and seasonal staff. Many of our staff members attended camp as campers and we are thrilled that over 70% of our staff return each summer. In addition to three reference checks, Camp Cory completes a rigorous criminal background check on every staff member prior to being offered employment.


Michele Rowcliffe: Vice President of Camping Services

This will be Michele’s 17th summer leading Camp Cory. Michele, her husband Shawn (Camp Ranger), and daughter Olivia can’t think of a better lifestyle than living and working at Camp Cory. Although many amenities at camp have changed throughout Michele’s tenure, the same outstanding tradition and program that has always been Camp Cory lives strong today. Michele and her family look forward to sharing their passion for camp and all that it can offer to campers of all ages.

Phone: (585) 263-4240 | Email:

Pat Foster: Camp Director

Pat has been working at Camp Cory for more than ten years, however he has been going to camp since he was 10. He has an extensive background working with kids, holding a variety of different roles during his time at camp and being a former Special Education Teacher. As Camp Director, Pat supervises the seasonal staff and all of its programs to make sure that families feel great about the camp experience. Pat holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from Lesley University, in addition to his Bachelor's from Nazareth College. He and his wife, Nicole, live in Henrietta are expecting a baby girl in March.

Phone: (585) 263-4241 | Email:

Kelly Balconi: Director of Development

Kelly coordinates our fundraising efforts and helps Alumni reconnect to Camp. Kelly also oversees our camper scholarship program and financial assistance process. She also holds down our business office in Penfield, NY during the summer months. Feel free to contact Kelly to discuss a gift to Cory, a visit to Camp, how to apply for a camp scholarship, or any general camp information – she would be happy to help! Kelly joined our team in the fall of 2010. She has a great love for the outdoors, camping, and people. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Management from SUNY College at Brockport. She resides in Penfield with her husband and 2 children, plus their lovable yellow lab, Travis.

Phone: (585) 263-4239 | Email:

Shawn Rowcliffe: Camp Ranger

Shawn Rowcliffe has been improving the Camp Cory facilities on a daily basis since 2003. Coming to Camp Cory from YMCA Camp Arrowhead, Shawn has dedicated himself to maintain the integrity of our 95 year old facility, while bringing the amenities of many buildings into the 21st century. Whether it is electrical, landscape art, plumbing, or creating unique program supplies, Shawn live and breathes the Camp Cory experience.

Ellen Ellison: Overnight Camp Coordinator

Ellen worked seasonally at Cory for many summers before beginning her full-time role in the fall of 2014. At Cory she has been a Counselor, Waterfront Director, and Program Director while spending her winters specializing in Outdoor Education at various YMCA camps. Ellen is devoted to bettering camp programs and ensuring that the campers and CITs have the best summer of their lives.!

Phone: (585) 355-0029 | Email:

Joclyn Jackson Chapman: Financial Assistance Specialist

Joclyn joined the Camp Cory family in February, 2016. Joclyn specializes in assisting all Camp Cory’s financial assistance families and scholarship campers through the Financial Assistance (FA) process from start to finish. She will stay in our business office in Penfield, NY throughout the summer, please don’t hesitate to call or email her. Joclyn, her husband and their son and daughter are a transition military family. Joclyn is currently a full time student majoring in Business with a concentration in Administration. Joclyn has a love for helping families and ensuring ALL are able to part take in the Camp Cory experience.

Phone: (585) 325-2889 | Email:

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Events Calendar

Urban Suburban Parent Information Night

October 25, 2016

Camp Cory welcomes families of incoming Urban Suburban campers to an informational meeting night. The event will be held at the Carlson YMCA in downtown […]

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Nov 18 2016

Brooks Hill Elementary Fall Fun Fair

Join the Camp Cory team at Brooks Hill Elementary for a night of Fall Fun! The event will run from 5-9PM on Friday, November 18th […]

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May 26 2017

Memorial Day Family Camp

Kick off summer and celebrate the end of the school year with a weekend the entire family can enjoy! Whether you’d like to take out […]

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