The Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert Winter Office Staff has over 200 years of experience in the camping industry. The majority of the time has been spent on the shores of Lake Hubert working with Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert. This depth of experience and history leads to Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert being a leader in the camping industry.
Ruggs Cote (Executive Director)
As a third generation camp director, Ruggs follows his family’s legacy and passion for camp and its mission with children from around the world. He was a camper for 11 years, completed the Counselor-in-Training program, was an Assistant Counselor, a Counselor, and a Head Counselor. He graduated from DePauw University in 1993 where he majored in Economics and was treasurer of his fraternity. Four years later, he returned to the camps full time. Ruggs proudly continues the Cote Family tradition at camp with his wife Nancy and their children Christian (2000), Audrey (2001), Sam (2002), and Elise (2014).
André Brewer (Director, Camp Lincoln)
A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, André (Dré) has been at Camp Lincoln for 21 summers as Counselor, Head Counselor, Associate Director and Director. He is an alumnus of DePauw University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1993. In 2002, he earned his Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the year round staff team, André taught 4th and 5th grade in the Advanced Program (AP) at Kerrick Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is active in the American Camp Association (ACA) serving on its National Board of Directors, National Young Professionals Committee (now called EPIC) and the Association of Independent Camps. In addition to the ACA, André completed 6 years of service on the DePauw University Alumni Association Board of Directors and is currently a member of DePauw’s Board of Visitors. In his spare time, he is a coach of the Minnetonka High School Varsity Cheerleading Squad in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Dré is passionate about making a difference in the lives of campers and being a role model for all.
Stacey Dyer (Director, Camp Lake Hubert)
Stacey hails from Colorado, where she grew up at Sanborn Western Camp, where her father was a director. She joined the Camp Lake Hubert family for 5 years as a camper, including the LT program, and more years on staff when she did everything from counselor, to high ropes activity director. Stacey has returned to the shores of Lake Hubert for many summers assisting with staff training and now works year round from her home in Ft Collins. At camp, Stacey can be found at the barn, at the range, on the waterfront, in the kitchen or even making “monkey bread” for snack. At home, Stacey finds time to work with children doing aquatic therapy. Stacey and her husband Mike, a former staff member at Camp Lincoln, are excited their children Makalynne and Hunter are now old enough to spend part of their summers at Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert.
Wendy Krueger (Office Manager)
Wendy has been with Camp Lincoln Lake Hubert for the last seven years. She attended camp, literally, for the first time in the summer of 2006! However, Wendy is no stranger to Camp Lincoln & Lake Hubert. Before joining us, she spent eleven years working as an Administrative Assistant in the Head of School’s office at The Blake School. Wendy is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and moved to the Twin Cities in 1986 to attend the University of Minnesota. She enjoys playing volleyball – indoor and sand – and softball. Wendy is also a true blue Packer fan!
Sam Cote (Director Emeritus)
As the son of Brownie Cote, who purchased the camps in 1923, Sam has literally grown up in the camping business and has made it his life’s work. As a child, he was a camper in the majority of the cabins at Camp Lincoln, was a Counselor-In-Training (CIT), and a staff member for a number of summers. While not at the lake for the summers, he grew up in the Twin Cities area and attended Colgate University where he majored in economics, was on the swim team, and was treasurer for his fraternity. He joined his father working full-time for the camps in 1968 and has played a major role in the American Camp Association (ACA) serving as Northland Section president for two years and ACA Board member for several terms. He has also been an Association of Independent Camps (AIC) Board Member for three years. Sam and his wife, Mary Jo, have four children: Kelly, Cathy, Ruggs, and Polly. With 12 grandchildren to date, the Cote family already has fourth generation campers continuing the legacy at Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert . In his spare time, Sam enjoys sailing, tennis, hiking, and is a member of the Edina Rotary Club.
Bill Jones (Director Emeritus)
Bill’s history with Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert stretches back 50 years to his camper and staff member days in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Bill grew up in the Baltimore, Maryland area, and earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech. Since joining camp, Bill has been very active with the American Camp Association (ACA) on the national and local level. He is a past President and current Treasurer of the ACA Northland Section, and has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for both ACA National and ACA Northland. With his interest in health and medicine he was just elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Camp Nurses. He has 2 children, Tim and Jordan, and resides in Edina, Minnesota. His passions include construction, motorcycling, traveling, sailing, and working with non-profit organizations feeding and housing the homeless.