OVER 100 YEARS
Patricia Falcone / School Director
Pat (Miss Pat) Falcone has been the owner/director of First Friends for over 20 years, and adores every student and their family! She and her family started the school in 1986, and have cared for over 5000+ children in the community during that time. As Director of First Friends Child Care and Summer Friends Day Camp, Miss Pat has been able to watch children grow from infancy to being counselors in camp! First Friends has graduated over 7000 children!
Miss Pat is a member of the NJ chapter of NAEYC as well as the American Camping Association. Her philosophy has always been “let kids be kids and do what they do best – learn through scholastics and play!” Grandmother of four, one granddaughter is a counselor, and three are also campers at Summer Friends.
ASSISTANT CAMP DIRECTOR
Heather has been the assistant director for over 7 years. She came over to the Summer Friends side after being assistant director for First Friends for more that 10 years. Heather has her degree in education from Rider University. She has two boys of her own, Ross and Paulie. When Paulie was diagnosed with Autism, Heather threw herself into fundraising and other Autism Awareness activities. During her teen years, Heather attended sleep away camps, and was anxious to bring her experience and ideas to our day camp. She works in the office where she answers the phones and greets the campers every morning. Stop in and say Hello!