The Best Leaders

Zeal’s executive directors, Jed and Carolyn Dorfman, are a fierce and respected duo in the camp world. Together, they direct Camp Walt Whitman, a premier camp in New Hampshire. Together, they have over 40 years of camp experience.

David Jacobson-Fried is the director of Zeal Adventure and Travel. His camp roots begin at Camp, and then spread around the country and globe. After his start as a counselor at Camp Walt Whitman, he quickly rose in the ranks to Water Ski director. After five years with Jed and Carolyn, he pursued his passion of underwater exploration. David led teen adventure trips in the Bahamas, Fiji, and Solomon Islands. He was a SCUBA instructor, as well as medical specialist and trip leader. His next stop was in the Southwest of the U.S. For three years, David worked at the United World College as the director of Summer Programs, and headed the school’s experiential education program. Jed, Carolyn, and David then joined forces to create Zeal, providing safe and exciting adventures for teens.

Our trip leaders come from different backgrounds, but share many traits that make them extraordinary leaders. They come to Zeal with years of prior experience working with youth in summer camps, education, and the like. This ensures our leaders are tested, proven, and can be trusted to act with incredible care and integrity.

In addition to the experience and training they have received in previous summers, our trip leaders attend our extensive weeklong staff training each summer and are certified in advanced first-aid in the form of WFR (Wilderness First Responder) or WFA (Wilderness First Aid). This high standard of staff training and certification makes Zeal trip leaders the best in the world, and able to provide your teen with a safe and life changing summer.