Meet the Directors

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 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).
  • Favorite Camp Activity : Sailing
  • Best Camp Memory : Fire Watch and eating Alaskan Hummingbird
  • Favorite Camp Meal : Tacos
  • Hobbies as a kid: Sailing, Legos, Tennis
  • Favorite Camp Value: Excellence…it's what makes us great!
  • Goofiest thing done at Camp: Running the Weenie backwards (in my youth, of course)
André Brewer 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.
  • Favorite Camp Activity: Horseback Riding and Tennis
  • Best Camp Memory: LT 2 Program Closing Vespers Session….TRADITION!
  • Favorite Camp Meal: Final Banquet Veggie Burgers and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Hobbies as a kid: Choir, Gymnastics and Tennis
  • Favorite Core Value: Personal Growth and Development – It represents why so many of us are at camp. We not only create opportunities for others to grow, but we as directors grow more and more each summer.
  • Goofiest thing I have done at Camp: Took 18 Bog Trips in One Session
Stacey Dyer 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.
  • Favorite Camp Activity: High Ropes
  • Best Camp Memory: Taking the horses for a swim in Lake Hubert
  • Favorite Camp Meal: Chicken patties
  • Hobbies as a kid: Horseback riding
  • Favorite Core Value: Excellence
  • Goofiest thing I've done at Camp: Making 24 loaves of banana bread at one time using camp's 100 year old mixer. Best bread ever and I am sure it was all about the mixer.
  Wendy Krueger 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!
  • Favorite Camp Activity: FIMO!!! (Especially making a green and gold “Mighty Packer Mouse”)
  • Best Camp Memory: Second night at camp…hearing loud animal noises coming down the path... “Was it a bear?”
  • Favorite Camp Meal: Bill Jones' Pizza Night – love being able to pick my own toppings.
  • Hobbies as a kid: Volleyball, softball, swimming and just having fun.
  • Favorite Core Value: Fun, fun, and more fun!
  • Goofiest thing I have done at camp: Allowing the campers and staff to hit me with jello during Jello Wars – thankfully I had put aside my camera!
    Sam Cote (Director Emeritus)Sam Web Photo 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.
  • Favorite Camp Activity : Tennis and Archery
  • Best Camp Memory: Every opening camp day!
  • Favorite Camp Meal : Bill Jones' Pizza Night
  • Hobbies as a kid: Tennis, sailing, swimming
  • Favorite Core Value: Quality Relationships…it's what makes camp special!
  • Goofiest thing I've done at Camp: Tried to beat Andre' in Indian Leg Wrestling
Bill Jones 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.
  • Favorite Camp Activity : Sailing
  • Best Camp Memory : Canoeing in Canada
  • Favorite Camp Meal : Lasagna
  • Hobbies as a kid: I loved wilderness and camping trips!
  • Favorite Camp Value: EXCELLENCE - I like to strive to always do things better than before and help others do the same.
  • Goofiest thing I've done at Camp: I was kidnapped and held hostage for a special day by the LT's!