After a decade as a public school administrator, Marty Rochlin is going back to camp as the new director of Camp Airy.
Rochlin, a former camper, assistant director and programming director at the camp, takes over the Jewish boys overnight camp following the retirement of Rick Frankle.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to play,” Rochlin said in a statement. “I’m very fortunate that camp has come full circle for me.”
Rochlin was a camper for eight years, beginning at age 10. In 1992, he became a counselor, worked as a unit leader and later became assistant director. In 2001, he left camp to work in the school system. Prior to his new post, he spent a decade an as assistant principal in middle and high schools in Frederick and Baltimore counties.
He is replacing Rick Frankle, who is retiring after serving as the camp’s director since 2002. Rochlin spent this past summer working with Frankle, who retired on Aug. 10.
Rochlin has a long family history at Camp Airy, dating back to the 1950s. His grandfather, Dr. Sol Smith, was once the camp doctor, his parents attended Camp Airy and Camp Louise (Airy’s sister camp) and his sister also attended Camp Louise. Rochlin’s wife, Pam, currently works at Camp Louise and his daughter, Lilly, 10, is a camper there.
Jonathan Gerstl, Camps Airy and Louise executive director, said the camp is grateful to have Rochlin returning.
“His teaching and administrative background gives him a solid foundation in the education arena and with his camp experience, he is the obvious choice to take the helm at Camp Airy,” Gerstl said in a statement. “We look forward to many fun-filled summers under Marty.”
Rochlin credits a counselor he had in his second summer at Airy, Tim “Smitty” Smith, for his interest in being a counselor. He recalls Smith’s enthusiasm and his efforts to include every camper in every activity.
Camp Airy offers a variety of programs, including extreme sports, outdoor adventures, arts and culinary programs.