Parents & Campers

A Message From our NEW Camp Director

Hey CBB!!

I still can’t believe it’s true. I’ve heard about you for YEARS and now I’m going to be with the famous CBB Ottawa mishpocha. I can’t wait to finally experience why your camp, campers and staff have always had such an amazing reputation. 

My first sleepaway camp experience was at Pine Valley Camp (PVC) in 1980, and it was absolutely incredible. In 4 weeks, camp completely changed my life. I fell in love with the camp spirit, the traditions, waterskiing, and formed many new life-long friendships. When I got home from my first season at PVC, my mom asked me “Hey Bear.. how was camp?”, and my response was “Awesome – I’m going to be a camp director one day”. And that’s how this journey and my passion for camp began. This has always been my dream.

I’ve been working with children for over 35 years at 5 different camps as a CIT, tripping staff, waterski director, evening program coordinator, and as the former owner/director of Camp Chateaugay. 

I know from first-hand experience that bringing in someone new as the director can be difficult for campers, parents and staff. I totally get it. Change is hard, but it can also be a great opportunity for new ideas, innovative programs, and dare I say it…can make camp even better, and more memorable.

My wife Vanesa, our dog Tango and I are psyched to meet you all, learn about your traditions, and experience the famous CBB ruach. 

Have a great winter and stay safe out there…wherever you are.

Your friendly neighborhood camp director,

Bear (aka: Dov Shapiro)

PS – If you ever want to connect with me to say hi or chat about why you love camp…please reach out anytime at

Dov "Bear" Shapiro

Camp Director

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