Hail to the Forest! Hail to the Streams! Hail, Hail Camp Horseshoe! Camp of my Dreams.
Experienced, Passionate Leadership
Fran & Jordan Shiner
Owners & Directors
When Fran and Jordan Shiner revived Camp Horseshoe in 2003, they dreamed of a place where boys could come for incredible activities and adventures, and leave with exceptional skills and best friends for a lifetime. With their more than 50 years of combined summer camping experience, Fran and Jordan used their vast knowledge to rekindle the torches of Horseshoe and create a dynamic boys camp. They have awakened the indomitable spirit of “The Shoe” for a new generation of boys by blending Horseshoe’s 75-year-old camping traditions with innovative activities, state-of-the art facilities and boundless energy. Bringing this legacy to each Horseshoe camper is their passion, their purpose, and their pledge.
As parents of three children who grew up going to camp, Fran and Jordan understand how to give each boy the guidance and support needed to ensure a phenomenal summer. As lifelong campers and career camp directors, they have a strong belief in the power of the camp experience. Jordan was a camper at the original Horseshoe, and has dreamed of running a camp since he was 16 years old. Fran was a camper for 7 years and has also worked in summer camps since the age of 17. Having met at camp, they now pour their shared vision and passion for camping into Horseshoe.
Fran and Jordan’s love for Horseshoe and its campers shines through in their hands-on approach, commitment to each boy, and dedication to all facets of the Horseshoe program. Every element of a Horseshoe summer is thoughtfully planned and implemented to make certain campers enjoy the very best instruction, activities, and experiences available anywhere. During the off-season, Jordan teaches high school history and coaches numerous sports, while Fran oversees Horseshoe year-round. Fran and Jordan are active members of the American Camping Association and leaders in the summer camping community.
The Incomparable Horseshoe Team
Teaching, leading, caring—our incredible Horseshoe team is made up of dedicated, highly-trained staff members committed to making a positive impact in the lives of each boy. Horseshoe staff members are strong role models who provide high quality instruction, instill self-confidence, and encourage campers to embrace challenges. The Horseshoe team is proactive in making sure campers develop friendships and support each other. All Horseshoe staff members actively participate in an intensive nine-day staff training. We have extremely high staff return rates, and many of our top leadership are camping professionals who come back to Horseshoe summer after summer.
Alex “Berms” Berman
Assistant Director, Program Director, Bison Chieftain
From Glencoe, IL, Alex arrived at The Shoe as a cabin counselor in 2011 and immediately fell in love with camp and the Horseshoe spirit. During his three years as a counselor, Alex worked with both Pioneers and Rangers while working his way up the ladder and becoming a full-time assistant director in 2014.
At camp, Alex is the program director and creates the daily schedules for campers and staff while ensuring that camp remains a fun and safe environment for all. In the winter months, Alex is in charge of staffing, programming, scheduling, social media and of course, answering any questions you might have about camp! Alex regularly attends the ACA tri-state camp conference, Midwest Association of Independent Camp quarterly meetings, and numerous other workshops to help gather new ideas and has traveled the world to staff fairs in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Camp continues to be Alex’s greatest passion in life (along with being a devoted Packers and Cubs fan). Alex is a certified Camp Safety Director and is an active member of the American Camp Association.
Robbie “Bob” Deutsch
Assistant Director, League Commissioner, Division Head Director, Friend Chieftain
Bob has been involved with Camp Horseshoe since we “rekindled the torches” back in 2004, as a camper for 6 summers and the rest as part of the Horseshoe staff. Bob was a cabin counselor for 6 years, working with a wide range of kids from Pioneers, spanning all the way to Rangers in Cabin 14. In 2016, Bob became an Assistant Director, where he began working as the Division Head Director, Parent Liaison, League Commissioner as well as the Head of Basketball. In this role, he oversees each division of camp, as well as communicating with parents on a daily basis. Bob helps build and spread the culture of camp, also known as the “Shoe Style”, both inside and outside the cabins, helping campers create lifelong memories and develop lasting relationships along the way.
Bob is from Highland Park, IL and graduated from Indiana University in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Sport Communication. In the summer of 2018, Bob graduated from National Louis University with a Master’s degree in Special Education. In the offseason, Bob is a special education teacher at Highland Park High School, where he also coaches Boys’ Golf. He is also an assistant coach for the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team at Deerfield High School.
Associate Director, Head of the Junior Side, Division Head
This will be Nate’s 5th summer at Camp Horseshoe, coming from Deerfield, IL. From day one, camp ignited Nate’s passion for working with kids and developed an eagerness to bring the “Horseshoe Spirit” with him wherever he goes. Nate can be found all over camp with a contagious energy, whether in the Mess Hall, on Doc H Field, or in the cabins. As a Division Head, Nate devotes his efforts towards adjusting junior side campers to camp life, teaching cheers and guiding them to what the “Horseshoe Spirit” is all about.
Nate also enjoys attending ACA camping conventions and helping reach out to Horseshoe families from different areas around of the country. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from National Louis University and plans on becoming a teacher. Nate has a vast experience working with children of all ages across the northern suburbs of Chicago, coaching and coordinating a variety of youth basketball programs. Most recently, Nate has been involved in developing the North Shore Stars, a youth girls’ basketball program. Prior to that, he has experience working with the elderly in nursing homes, where he is certified to work with residents with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Nate cannot wait to bring his enthusiasm, positivity, and goofiness back to Horseshoe this summer.