Director Series: Camp PALS Philadelphia

Meet the Camp PALS Philly 2016 Directors:

Cat: I am so excited for my first year of directing a Camp PALS program! This will be my 8th summer with PALS Philly and each year is better than the last. PALS for me is a home away from home, filled with incredible friends and memories. My favorite PALS memories are going to the beach, PALS Olympics and the famous PALS dance! This year I’m excited to meet new counselors and campers and welcome back our returners. My goal for Camp PALS Philly 2016 is to create an environment that is electric and fun with opportunities for everyone to make friends, let loose and find their own favorite PALS memories! Can’t wait for June 2016!

Shane: Hi PALS Family!! My name is Shane Kensil and this will be my sixth summer at Camp PALS, but first time in the role of director. To say that I am excited would be a complete understatement! My younger sister who has Down syndrome and I both got involved in 2011 and haven’t looked back since. I am currently a senior at St. Joe’s University in Philadelphia, studying Health Administration. I am originally from Warrington, PA which is about 30 minutes from Philadelphia. I am so incredibly excited to be working with Cat and Ed this summer!! This dream team knows how to take a single week in June and pack it full of fun activities, trips, and amazing campers/counselors. Personally, Dave&Busters is my favorite trip during the week, but Beach Day is definitely a close second. My hope for the future is that one day the spirit of acceptance, happiness, and love that exists at PALS will be able to exist in the real world for the other 51 weeks of the year. PALS really is the happiest place on Earth! Can’t wait to see everybody in a few months!!!!

Ed: Hello PALS family and friends, I’m Ed and it’s great to be helping lead another summer in Philly! My life outside of PALS is as a financial advisor helping families and businesses best navigate towards a comfortable retirement. It is also spent going on adventures with my brother Edwin!

In my 8th year with PALS programs, I’ve gained many great life long friends and learned even greater lessons about how to live a meaningful life. PALS has helped me shape my principles about how I want to treat others of all similarities and differences. My devotion to helping PALS grow is out of pure love for the people involved who continuously pour their efforts into forming a stronger community. Let’s make 2016 the best one yet!