Director Series: Camp PALS Philadelphia Session 1

Meet the Camp PALS Philly 1 2017 Directors:

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Cat: I am so excited for my second year of directing a Camp PALS program! This will be my 9th 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 2017 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 2017!

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Shane: Hi PALS Family!! My name is Shane Kensil and this will be my sixth summer at Camp PALS! 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 originally from Warrington, PA which is about 30 minutes from Philadelphia. I am so incredibly excited to be working with Cat and David 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!!

David: What’s up PALS fam!? I’m absolutely stoked for camp this summer! This will be my 3rd year with the program and 1st as a Director. Outside of PALS, I’m adjusting to post-grad life (I just graduated from Penn State in December). I’m currently studying for the LSAT in effort to go to law school next year. While I’m not studying, I spend my time rocking out on my ukelele and watching Gordon Ramsay cooking videos.

As the Volunteer Logistics Director, I hope to facilitate a dynamic and entertaining environment where life changing experiences will be fostered, as well as organize one of the most successful camps yet! I’m ecstatic to be working with Shane and Cat to make the most out of camp this year! I can’t wait to have the week of a lifetime with all of you this summer!