The story of a magical kids' summer camp and the light and love that inspired it all.

Donate to Jill's Buddy Camp:

Set in the small town of Salem, Virginia, Jill's Buddy camp is a 1-week summer program matching preschoolers with special needs and volunteer teenagers, aka 'Big Buddies'. Over the past 30 years, this innovative yet simple little camp has impacted over 500 young campers and an equal number of big buddies, with many of the buddies going on to enjoy careers in education and special education.

This film tells the story of Buddy Camp, and the very special big buddy, Jill Bailey Chenet, whose life and loving spirit inspired the camp to start again, amidst school-wide budget cuts and program closures.

If you'd like to support Jill's Buddy Camp and our efforts to grow this important summer program, donations can be made to 'Jill's Buddy Camp' care of:

Jill's Buddy Camp
PO Box 452
Salem, VA, 24153

Or on-line via credit card at:

Please direct all camp inquiries to:
Dr. R.M. “Tommy” Barber
Executive Director, Jill’s Buddy Camp

Movie graphics and animation by Aimee Rudic

This film was made possible thru donations by:

Our 'Producers':
The Salem Education Fund, Salem, VA
The Gathering Church, Durham, NC
Tommy & Sheila Barber
Kyle & Christina Chenet
Andy & Callie Schwartz
Diane & Art Belden
Mechelle Lavelle

Our 'Associate Producers':
Jim & Ginny Chenet & The Chenet / Johnson Family
Jason & Brandi Bailey & The Bailey / Hamilton Family
The Barber / Rudic Family
Scott & Marianne Chenet
Jack & Greear Golf Friends
Robert & Corey Monk
Peter Davis
Andrew Prisco
Kathleen & Michael Margolies
Katherine T Sullivan

Our 'Production Managers':
Nicole Chenet
Kristen & Rory Linehan
Ross & Allison Dunlap
Chris Olson
Matt & Brandi West
Britt & Keeley Snider
Ashley Burke
Michael Thompson & Family
Erin Essenmacher
Lynn Hughes
Mathew Rabinowitz
Richard Humphries
George Harrison
John Rosado
Judy Mishoe
Ryan Waddington
Steve & Dana Esworthy
Carolyn Rudnick

And a huge thanks to our entire 'support staff' who generously contributed to the production of this film

Special thanks and love to the extended Chenet, Bailey & Barber families and all our friends and loved ones for your unending love & support of Jill's Buddy Camp and this film

Additional thanks to the River School in Washington, DC and Salem City Schools in Salem, VA

Dedicated to the town of Salem, VA, in honor of my best bud

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