In the fall of 1980, The Family Schools, Inc. was established by Founder and current President, Marcia Pioppi Galazzi. TFS Inc. began as a small program with three teachers and nine students in the antique Crosby Barn in Brewster. At the end of that first year, the Family School Summer Camp, was created as a subsidiary of the year-round Family School. Both emerging programs moved to the present location at 3570 Main Street in 1983, where the camp and the school continue to thrive today, sharing a common campus, mission, and philosophy which began over three decades ago.
In 1985, the name of the summer camp was changed to Brewster Day Camp and the school campus grew to include more outdoor programming. The BDC Pool was built in 1987 and additional outdoor pavilions were created making BDC look much like the special place it is today. In 1989, the BDC Waterfront opened in Nickerson State Park and the camp continued to grow in size while powerful BDC traditions began to take hold.
Continuing to build on what was already established, Marcia’s daughter, Milisa (‘misa’) Galazzi became the first full-time Camp Director in 1997. She dedicated her professional career to shaping Brewster Day Camp into the engaging program that it remains today. She continues to oversee all of the day-to-day winter and summer camp operations with unique camp offerings. By 1999, the BDC Ropes Course and the Camp Office were both built and by 2000, BDC Trips, Lessons, and EXTRAs expanded along with increasingly rich scope and sequence programming which includes: BDC Special Event Days, the Camper Leader Program, BDC After Dark and more – all of which thrive now at BDC.
In the fall of 2016, Marcia’s two children, Chris and Milisa, formally joined her on the Board of Directors of The Family Schools, Inc. to oversee the school and camp operations and to ensure that Marcia’s vision is carried into the future for generations to come.
Today, after three-and-a-half decades of steady evolution, TFS Inc. is a national leader in year-round early childhood education, recreation programming, as well as outstanding staff development and training. Our combined programs serve hundreds of children per day and impact the lives of thousands of people each year.