||Our Camp Staff
The teachers, coaches, and university and high school student/athletes that make up our staff are the heart of our camp program. Many of our staff are former campers. Most return for multiple summers, working their way from junior counselor to counselor. This creates the wonderful sense of community, continuity, and tradition that sets our program apart. All our counselors and senior staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Our entire staff, from JCITs to Directors, are extremely motivated and dedicated to create and maintain a fun, safe, educational, supportive, positive camp environment. There is one staff member for every 6 or 7 children in our program.
Meet the Directors
Steve and Heather Buddie
Parents of Molly (15) and Luke (13), Steve is a former All-American wrestler and head wrestling coach at Stanford. He has directed camps throughout the Bay Area for over 20 years, and now directs Decathlon year round. Heather was an All-American soccer player at Stanford. She has also served as a longtime teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District, currently teaching 5th grade at Hoover Elementary. They bring to Decathlon 50 years of combined experience working with children.
Founder of the Decathlon Sports Club, Rich has over 50 years of summer camp experience. Rich is not sure if he should be proud or embarrassed, but he hasn't missed a year of summer camp since he was 7 years old! He holds a B.A. from Stanford (76) and a Masters in Education from U.C.L.A. (80). Rich also taught and coached for 15 years at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.He currently serves as the camp's consultant and "godfather."
This will be Jen's 25th summer at the Decathlon Sports Club! She's a quintuple "Hall of Famer!" (3 as a camper, 1 as a JCIT, 4 as a JC, 4 as a counselor, and now 13 summers as a director.) During the school year Jen is a teacher at the Woodside Preschool and has been teaching there for the past 14 years. While not teaching, Jen enjoys reading, fitness, walking her two dogs, and going to concerts! She is also the proud mother of Josie (3 years old!), and Rocco (1 year old in June). A bit of trivia...Jen was named Athlete of Year at Woodside High in 1998. Her sport: Basketball.
Mitchell was born and raised in the great Redwood City. He attended Roosevelt, St. Pius, and graduated from Serra High School in 2009. He then graduated as a film major from Cal State Northridge in 2015.
Growing up, he played about eight years of soccer and a few years each of basketball, baseball, and fencing. At Serra, he ran on both the cross country and track teams for four years. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Junior Award and received the Most Valuable Athlete his senior year of Cross Country.
This will be his 19th year at the great DSC, and is a proud member of the prestigious Decathlon "Triple Hall of Fame". As a camper, one of his favorite events was the World Cup Soccer Tournament that is played every session. He also has fond memories of popsicles and pogo sticks. His freelance film editing career has allowed Decathlon to borrow him for yet another year.
Ron "Ronbo" Perry's first summer at Decathlon was in 1988 while a sophomore at Stanford. At Decathlon, he became a world champion Simon Says caller and was crowned Connect Four Champion for six consecutive years. In addition, he still holds the camp record distance mark for the slip and slide. At Stanford Ronbo competed for the wrestling squad where he was National Qualifer and Captain. In 1990 he completed his undergraduate work in History and Economics. Decathlon convinced Ronbo that he wanted a career working with children. He earned a master's degree in Education in 1991 and has been a teacher and a coach for the last 25 years. Currently he serves as Principal at Six Rivers Charter High School in Arcata, CA.
Ronbo lives in Arcata with his wife of 28 years, Julie, and his two daughters Alley and Rachel (19 and 22). For the past 13 years Ronbo has moonlighted as a professional musican playing harmonica in four different bands. In the last 8 years Ronbo has played more than 600 gigs. Ron returns to DSC this summer for his 18th year.
After his triumphant return to camp last summer, Graham is looking forward to his 16th summer with Decathlon Sports Camp, his 8th as Director. Graham spent his first summer at Decathlon in 1996 and has worked with children ever since. He teaches 5th grade at Don Callejon School in Santa Clara Unified, and is currently in his 13th year in the classroom. He’s always enjoyed playing basketball, and his love for surfing and golf took off while attending UCSD. In his free time, Graham enjoys his favorite sports, coaching football and volleyball, and spending time outside. He and his wife, Maggie, live in Menlo Park with their daughter Hallie (3).
Megan is really excited to be working at Decathlon again this summer! This will be her third year as a director but she has been a member of the Decathlon staff in one form or another for over 8 years now.
She has lived in Redwood City her entire life. She attended St. Pius Elementary School, Notre Dame High School in Belmont, and Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. She is now in her second year of teaching fourth grade at St. Matthew's in San Mateo.
Growing up her three favorite sports were tennis, soccer and volleyball. Megan shares her love of sports with her newest camp group: the JCITs.