Camp Runoia is an authentic, down to earth, caring sleepaway camp.
Pam Cobb Co-Director
Pam works closely with Co-Director Alex Jackson, as well as Assistant Directors Jai Cobb Kells, Colleen O’Malley, and Jen Dresdow fostering positive camp experiences for your child at Runoia. Guiding campers and counselors alike toward meaningful camp moments is a main part of Pam’s role at camp. Sharing the enjoyment of outdoor activities is also important to her.
Pam’s interest in outdoor education and environmental studies led her to complete a BA degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. Guided by her love for camp, after completing an MBA program at Northeastern University in Boston in 1994, Pam purchased the Cobb family business.
A recent six year Executive Board member of Maine Camp Experience, a past President of American Camp Association/New England and the Maine Youth Camping Association, Pam’s professional ties to the camp industry run deep and strong. A fourth generation camp director in the state of Maine, Pam continues the Cobb family tradition of operating youth camps in Maine.
Pam’s husband Mark Heuberger, an environmental consultant, is also involved with camp administration and strategic planning year round. During the camp season, Mark’s principal role is leading waterfront staff and activities. You will often find Pam and Mark singing camp songs, meeting with campers and staff and families, and teaching water skiing and sailing.
When not immersed in the camp season, Pam and Mark can be found hiking with their dogs, sailing on the lake or the ocean, bicycling, and skiing. Pam is an avid horse rider and competitor and sees the value of a quality riding program accessible to all campers. In 2020, The Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization founded the Pam Cobb Riding Campership Program.
Alex Jackson Co-Director
A member of the Runoia staff since 1995, Alex Jackson originally hails from northern England and now lives in Maine. She first encountered American summer camps while studying for her BSC in Physical Education and Sports Science. After completing her teaching certification, Alex worked with youth, both in the classroom and outdoors, with an emphasis on experiential education. Alex also holds a Masters degree in Camp Administration and Leadership from Touro University. With twenty-five plus summers at Runoia, Alex is a dedicated camping professional.
Mainly focused on program development and staff hiring during the “off season”, Alex is the hub of camp programming in the summer months. Working closely with Assistant Program Director, Jen Dresdow, she carefully guides campers to choose variety in their schedules and masterminds the program for both campers and staff for the in-camp program as well as out of camp trips.
Overseeing safety all around camp and our adventure challenge activities are also areas
she focuses on during the summer. She is still finds time to be hands-on teaching campers on the ropes course or at the lake. As an American Camp Association Standards Visitor, Alex takes a keen interest in the safety of all our program areas in and out of camp. Alex is a member of the Maine Summer Camps board and also sits on the Maine State trip leaders committee.
A Maine resident, she enjoys many seasonal outdoor activities with her children, and works year-round for Camp Runoia. Alex loves to be busy!