Dear PALS Families and Friends,
My name is Riannon Szofer and this is my first full year being part of PALS! I attended Camp PALS Chicago this past summer and it was my first time being part of AND directing the Chicago – Wisconsin Dells Adventure! I had an amazing time. My co-director, Doug Kocur, has been part of Camps PALS for seven years.
Doug reached out to me in November and we started planning at the end of the month and into December. Everyone met up in Bolingbrook, Illinois around 4:00pm on Friday. We hit the road and headed towards Janesville, Wisconsin where we had delicious Mexican food at Cozumel’s! We didn’t get into the Dells until late, but campers and counselors alike were excited to spend the weekend in a cabin! On Saturday morning, we woke up and got ready for tubing. It was a perfect day to spend some time in the snow and slide down the hill with all our PALS! Samuel, Nick, and Emesha enjoyed shredding up some fresh snow on the hills.
After a few hours, we went back to the cabins and got ready to go swimming. Everyone had a blast hanging out at the massive water park. Emily, Anna, Kayla, and Hayley surfed some waves in the wave pool. Jack, Adam, Conor and Doug enjoyed going down some monstrous slides, while Quincy and Sofie enjoyed exploring the lazy river. Everyone was pretty tired out by the end of the night, but they were ready for a meal. Campers helped to cook our “Italian style” dinner with pasta, salad, and French bread. Mackenzie, Victor, Sammie, Courtney, and Patrick displayed their expertise in meal prep and cooking. We also played a few rounds of “Pie Face” that Riannon excelled in, and we rounded out the night with karaoke and a dance party led by Heidi and Julia. The disco ball was a nice addition to have in our cabin. We woke up early the next day to pack up, hit the road, and grab some pizza before arriving back in Bolingbrook!
We had a busy weekend and all of our PALS were happy to be reunited, as well as welcoming some new campers and counselors. We’re all looking forward to seeing each other again soon.
Doug & Riannon