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About Us

This is a family affair. From the Nabatoff’s to the Bertino’s, Camp Nabby is a people-first business that has been creating fun, family memories since 1940.

Our Story

The Bertino family moved to Mohegan Lake in 1970 to become the second owners of what was then called Nabby Day Camp. For Frank Bertino the opportunity to design a summertime physical education program from scratch was the ultimate challenge—one that would test his experience as both an educator and a coach.

Frank, and his wife Florence (Flo), moved from the campus at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx where he lived and worked for 44 years. Frank’s record as an administrator and teacher was stellar, but nothing compared to his prowess on the football field. Over the span of four decades of coaching, Frank led Riverdale to 17 undefeated seasons, 17 Ivy Preparatory School League championships, and a final record of 247-47-6.

Upon his arrival in Mohegan Lake, Frank quickly modified the summer program to reflect the values such as teamwork, cooperation, athletic development and social skills—all of which have greatly influenced Camp Nabby's mission today.

When Frank passed away in 1997 his oldest son, Joe, took over the day-to-day operations. With over 35 years as a physical education teacher and swim coach, Joe continues to develop Camp Nabby into one of the finest summer programs in Westchester County.

Joe is joined in the camp office by his best friend, wife and associate director, Rita. And that’s not all. During the summer months Joe & Rita work alongside sisters Gemma & Maddie, brother-in-law Dave, and son, Matt.

A camp is only as good as the family who runs it.

Why Nabby

WHY NABBY

Because we’re built to last

Our Mission

From hiring staff to writing blog posts, we aim for complete transparency; we are on a mission to educate and inspire young people and their families to choose healthy, play-filled lives. That's it. Simple and focused. If we succeed, the entire Nabby community succeeds. And it all starts with our programs.

Drawing from nearly 80 years of physical education experience, Frank and Joe Bertino have created a unique approach that combines the very best of summertime playful and school-year purposeful—encouraging, challenging and inspiring campers of every age.

Each program at Camp Nabby is designed to develop children into better leaders, confident athletes, ceaseless adventurers, supportive teammates and curious learners. And we have a lot of fun along the way. 


Our Values & Beliefs

We stand firmly behind our mission because we believe in the long-term benefits of our program. We believe in creating diverse summer experiences that translate into lessons that last. And we believe that the stories that begin at camp, have the power to influence decisions for years to come. 

Education

We believe that teaching and learning should bring joy. 

Laughter

We believe that some things, most things, are funny.

Fitness

We believe that physical activity is the key to a happy, healthy life. 

Play

We believe that creative, flexible play is overlooked and underrated.

Directors

Meet the Directors

Happy campers since 1970

Say Hello

Joe & Rita Bertino are the fun-loving Directors behind Camp Nabby. They work year-round to make Camp Nabby the best place on earth for kids, and parents too! 

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Joe Bertino, Executive Director

Bio

With over 35 years experience as a physical education teacher and swim coach, Joe Bertino has extensive experience working with children.

Since taking over the executive director duties in 1997, Joe has worked hard to provide the very best camp facilities and curriculum. On an average summer day, Joe makes himself available to the entire staff as a resource, co-worker and leader. 

Fun Facts

  • Born: Port Chester, New York
  • Siblings: 3 sisters
  • School: Rutgers University (BA) & Lehman University (MA) 
  • Guilty Pleasure: Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food 
  • Past: Afro
  • Future: Break 90 at Pebble Beach 
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Rita Bertino, Associate Director

Bio

As the associate director of Camp Nabby, Rita Bertino is in charge of camper enrollment, finance and transportation.

Rita patrols the front office and when she’s not corresponding with parents or staff she’s usually playing games and visiting with campers. 

Fun Facts

  • Born: South Bend, Indiana (Go Irish!)
  • Siblings: NINE! 8 brothers and 1 sister 
  • School: Marymount College
  • Guilty Pleasure: The Voice
  • Past: Gardener extraordinaire 
  • Future: Full-time foodie
Associations

Associations

Our friends and neighbors!

Our Associations

We belong to a bunch of local, state, and national organizations that help businesses like ours thrive. But most importantly, we are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) for achieving the highest standard in summer day camping. 

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