Camp is operated by LADABC, LLC, with veteran camper Mark Stone at the helm. Stoney has over 10 years of experience working with former fantasy camp administrators, and a lifetime of experience playing ball. His passion for baseball and his desire to share the extraordinary camp experience with his fellow ball players is what fuels his desire to make each camp even better than the last.
Stoney is assisted by many dedicated camp veterans and supporters who share his vision. Advisory Board members include Neil Adams, Ron Smith, Joe Baldo, Gary Stern and Roni Hartman. They are among the veterans whose camp experiences go back to 1984, when the first camp was held and their contributions and insights are as invaluable as their continued support. And Roni Hartman contributions as travel industry professional, ensure that accommodations, meals and entertainment are top notch.
In 2008, the Los Angeles Dodgers moved from Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ. With that move, the Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp (commonly known as "Fantasy Camp") came to an end. It was a tradition that had lasted more than 25 years.
Veteran campers were greatly saddened by the loss of this long-held tradition, for it meant the discontinuation of the fantastic camaraderie and memorable baseball experiences they had come to know and love. They inquired as to when the Dodgers would be holding camp again. But it appeared that the Dodgers organization had no plans to reinstate the camp.
Then, in 2011, thanks to a group of dedicated veteran campers whose combined experience equals more than 70 camps, fantasy camp was brought back to life, independent of the Dodgers. Through the efforts of LADABC management, fans of both the Dodgers and Yankees met for the first time in camp competition at Vero Beach. Coaches and campers alike commented that this was the best camp they had ever attended. In fact, the friendly rivalry was so successful, it made the front page of the sports section at the TC Palm, the local Vero Beach newspaper.
Building on the success of the 2011, camp took on a SoCal feel as Dodgers and Angels campers joined an All Star coaching staff in Tucson, AZ in January, 2014. Dodgers greats Rick Monday, Tommy Davis, Jerry Reuss, Bill Russell, Jeff Torborg and Ken Landreaux were joined by former Angels Clyde Wright, Rick Reichardt, Mickey Hatcher, Dino Ebel and Tim Salmon as Dodgers and Angels campers put on a friendly competition.
The combined efforts of these and countless other camp veterans and supporters help to maintain our highly regarded reputation.
At LADABC, we bring to camp some of baseball's finest professionals as coaches, assistant coaches and trainers. We strive to ensure that campers have every available opportunity to get to know the coaches and fellow campers, both on and off the field, each and every day. And we labor to continue to uphold camp traditions, while exploring new ways to improve the experience for all concerned. In short, camp is now better than ever.
Many say that fantasy camp is the best experience of their lives. Come JOIN US at camp and experience it for yourself!