Director Series: Camp PALS New Jersey

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Jake introducing Amanda

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the incredible Amanda Sayer!

A PALS MVP since 2013, Amanda has been an inspirational leader at Philadelphia and Georgetown over the past three years. She has an incredible ability to see through a person’s outer shell and connect with who they really are, and lives in a way that exhibits the fundamentals of Camp PALS as an organization. Speaking of organization, Amanda continues to demonstrate her affluence for scheduling, ensuring no other leaders in charge of on-campus curriculum (who shall remain nameless) fall behind. Her love for PALS stems from personal relationships with family and friends with Down syndrome, and the organization has benefitted from her being both an active leader as well as a role model for all involved. Amanda is a molder of young minds who brought her talents from Pennsylvania to the great state of Virginia to train the future of America.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading the thesaurus. She is a lifelong rock collector, and hopes to someday discover a new composite. Her food preferences include M&M’s, but only the blue ones, and she prefers a week of school to a week of snow days. If you see her, ask her to tell one of her classic knock-knock jokes, as she knows over 200 of them (disclaimer: some or all of the above information may be fictional).

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Amanda introducing Nathan

PALS Family, I present Nathan Drewes!

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Just playin’! Nathan is an outgoing, generous, confident leader who has embodied the PALS vision over his past three summers. Though he hails from outside of Chicago, IL and attends college in Tuscaloosa, AL, Nathan has made his way around PALS camps and adventures, making new friends everywhere he goes! This year he is lending his talents to Camp PALS New Jersey, where his diligence and compassion have so far made him an incredible Camper Liaison. Nathan’s experiences with the Down syndrome community have made him an imperative part of the Camp PALS formula of creating and executing quality camps. We are lucky to have him!

When Nathan is not working hard at the University of Alabama or enjoying time with his PALS family, he likely enjoys trading places with his triplets (although one is a female) and instructing the elderly in Zumba lessons. He also probably likes Hot Dog Eating Contests and singing in the shower. Be sure to check out his Blue Steel. Some, or all, of the information presented in this paragraph is Amanda’s attempt at humor. But if you run into Nathan at Camp PALS this summer, you will be sure to smile and laugh, and that’s no joke!

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Nathan introducing Jake

Introducing the one, the only, Jake Myers!

Despite his home base being Philly and his dog’s name being Cleveland, Jake has opted to take his many talents to Camp PALS New Jersey for the 2016 summer. Known as Mr. Myers to his students, Jake spends his days molding the minds of the today’s youth. Jake joined PALS in 2013, branching out from 3 years of Philly to attend Camp PALS Chicago (with yours truly) last summer as well. From counselor to head counselor and now director, Jake is the perfect example of someone who embodies all of PALS’ values- Passionate, Welcoming, Supportive, and Fun!

In his free time, Jake enjoys long runs in the woods and drinking milk directly from the carton. He also LOVES talking about his headband collection. If you’re ever hanging out with Jake, drop a beat and ask him to freestyle - his mix tape’s coming soon!

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