Camp Directors 

Lee M.McLaughlin, Jr. was “born and bred” at Camp Maxwelton, and grew under his parent’s direction and leadership. A Morehead Scholar, Lee graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  as well as Episcopal High School in Alexandria (1970) and later received a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. As an educator, he has worked in both independent and public schools. Leebo loves to spend his time gardening, hiking, horseback riding, working in the craft shop, and reading.


Nancy McLaughlin is a long-time Camp Lachlan camper and counselor. A graduate of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Nancy has served as “Camp Mother” for both Maxwelton and Lachlan for over 28 years. Mother of three children, she oversees the care and welfare of all the campers and staff. Nancy enjoys many hobbies including gardening, horseback riding, painting, and hiking.

Following in his parents and grandparents footsteps, Lee and his wife Jess mark the third generation of McLaughlins to direct Camp Maxwelton and Camp Lachlan. 


Lee McLaughlin, III grew up at Camp Maxwelton and combines his life-long camp experience and natural leadership to oversee much of the daily program. Lee is a graduate of Washington and Lee University (2007) as well as Episcopal High School (2003.) He later received his Masters in Education from The University of Virginia. Lee has taught and coached at both St. Stephens & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, and St. Christopher’s School in Richmond. 


Jess McLaughlin grew up attending Camp Mont Shenandoah in Millboro Springs. After spending her summers at CMS as a camper, Junior Counselor, and Counselor for 11 years she met and fell in love with Lee at the annual camp dance. The rest, as they say, is history and this is her fourth year at Maxwelton and Lachlan. Jess graduated from The University of Alabama (2012) with a B.A. in religious studies and has since taught at both St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, and St. Christopher’s School in Richmond. 

Lee and Jess just couldn’t stand to be away from camp for the school year and have returned to Rockbridge Baths to live year-round. They have started a small farm and are real estate agents with J.F.Brown Real Estate Services in Lexington.  Lee loves to spend his time hunting, fishing, horseback riding, gardening and exploring the Shenandoah Valley with Jess, their two babies, and their dog, Harlan.  Jess enjoys many hobbies, but especially loves to horseback ride, paint, and spend time outside with her family. They have a two year named Lee (IV) and a baby girl named Margaret Dabney.