- The Directors

Heather Hibbeler, Director
Heather Hibbeler is celebrating her 24th summer with Sierra! She is a graduate of UCLA, with a B.A. in Sociology and an emphasis in Social Psychology. She came to Sierra in 1994 with extensive knowledge of outdoor skills and aquatics sports. She is a member of the American Camp Association (ACA) and has served as the Southern California Vice-President of the Western Association of Independent Camps. She and her husband, Adam, also operate Peninsula Bay Cities Day Camp and Swim School. They have 3 children, ages 9, 12, and 15, who all attend camp!

Adam Hibbeler, Director
Adam has been in the camping industry since 1985. He is co-founder of Peninsula Bay Cities Day Camp & Swim School (PBC) located on the beautiful campus of Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA . He has served on the American Camp Association (ACA) Board of Directors and has served on various educational conference committees. Adam and his wife, Heather, are dedicated to enhancing the lives of children through camp. Together they operate PBC Day Camp, Swim School and the Sierra Sleep-Away programs!

Brent Launer, Program Director
Brent came to Sierra in 2006 as our Waterski/Wilderness Leader with extensive knowledge in waterskiing, wakeboarding, boating and the great outdoors.We are lucky to also have Brent with us since 2002 in our PBC Day Camp program where he serves as Program Director.

Kent D. Newell, Founding Director
The Founder, Kent D. Newell was employed by the UCLA Fernald School for 14 years, where he was Supervisor of Physical Education for 10 years. He is the founder and former Director of Camp Cornell for Boys, the Motor Performance Skills Program, and has been a youth Camp Director since 1962. Along the way, he founded Sierra Ski & Pack Club, Inc. which operated Sierra Adventure Camps' Watersports Day Camp, Sierra Snowriders, and the Sierra Sleep-Away. Early on, Kent saw a need to help children gain confidence and, as an outdoor enthusiast, founded programs where children felt safe and nurtured to carry out this mission. He has been retired since 2005 and enjoys being with his family playing the harmonica, playing in a band, and traveling to Yosemite.





Sierra Sleep-Away:

August 9 – August 20

August 9 - August 14