A Lamb is returning to lead Camp Jabberwocky.

Caitlin Lamb, granddaughter of founder Helen (Hellcat) Lamb and daughter of former camp director John Lamb, will be one of two co-directors for the entire summer season, Camp Jabberwocky executive director Liza Gallagher told the Gazette.

A lifelong member of the Jabberwocky community, Ms. Lamb will share duties with Avis Olsen, who has been a camp director since the late 1990s, Ms. Gallagher said.

“They bring decades of experience to camp,” she said. “Caitlin has been directing since 2017.”

Campers, who are housed at the Greenwood avenue campus in Vineyard Haven, will come for two weeks at a time this summer. — Ray Ewing

Helen Lamb, a speech therapist, founded the the Martha’s Vineyard Cerebral Palsy Camp in the early 1950s. The camp has welcomed people with special needs every summer except for 2020, when the pandemic forced it to close. Last summer the camp held sessions with fewer campers for reasons of medical safety.

The new director arrangement this year puts an end to the camp’s longstanding tradition of holding separate sessions in July and August, with different sets of directors for each month.

“We’re making the distinction of July versus August a thing of the past [and] focusing on one camp,” Ms. Gallagher said.

As a result, some longtime counselors — including former July co-directors Kristen (Sully) St. Amour and Jojo Romero de Slavy — will not be returning, Ms. Gallagher said.

“We are super grateful for their service and the loyalty they have shown camp over the years,” she said.

Camp Jabberwocky also has downsized its board of directors, from 24 members to an all-local board of 12, Ms. Gallagher said.

“We are looking forward to the future like any other organization,” she said. “We’re making changes that will be good for our growth.”

This year’s camp at the campus on Greenwood avenue in Vineyard Haven will be held in four two-week sessions beginning in late June, Ms. Gallagher said.

“Last year we were only able to do one-week sessions with 12 [campers],” she said.

This year, about 25 campers will take part in each of the two-week sessions, Ms. Gallagher said.

“This allows us to serve a bunch of new campers,” she said.

“We have a really long waiting list, [and] one of our strategic goals is to serve more people,” Ms. Gallagher said.

Longtime campers will also be returning, she said.

“All the traditions are still there,” she added.

While not directly related to the pandemic, the changes at Jabberwocky reflect what its leaders have learned over the past two years as the camp was forced to ease its usual mile-a-minute summer pace.

“Covid has given us many new perspectives,” Ms. Gallagher said. “It’s good for an organization to get new energy.”