Crestwood was founded in 1956 by Norman Schnittman, a New York City school teacher who had a vision to create a summer camp for children on Long Island. For nearly 50 years, Norman and his crazy hats were the spirit that drove Crestwood. After spending many summers at Crestwood in various positions, Norman’s son, Bruce Schnittman, became the Owner/Director in the 1970’s through 2011, turning Crestwood into the children’s paradise that you see today. The Schnittmans made the name “Crestwood” recognized as the premier day camp in the country.
Before the start of the 2011 Summer, Mark Hemmerdinger, who had been one of Crestwood’s Directors, working alongside the Schnittman family since 1998, and Mark Transport, who had many successful years as a resident camp owner and director, purchased Crestwood. Along with Jeff Deutsch, who has been a Director at Crestwood since 1999, Mark and Mark will be continuing the Crestwood tradition of bringing the finest staff, programs and service to all of our camp and school families.
There has always been a strong feeling of tradition and history at Crestwood. Years after their Crestwood camp days are over, we find that many eventually come back to Crestwood. For example, many of our campers become staff members at Crestwood. In addition, many of our current parents were former campers and staff members.
Alumni are always welcome to visit Crestwood and are encouraged to join our Facebook page to connect with other Crestwood alum and to see pictures and videos that span the history of Crestwood.