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Guest Photographers from Camp PALS Chicago

We’ve been having a great time this week at Camp PALS Chicago! The campers and counselors have taken in many sights, and made a lot of memories! Here are some of the memories captured as photos by PALS campers!

A Silly Selfie, by Isabelle W.

On a Scavenger Hunt, by Holly D.

The Big Bean, by Danny S.

The Best of Friends, Megan W.

Keeping Cool, by Blake W.

Keep up with all of our fun activities on Facebook and Youtube, where updates are posted throughout the day!

Guest Blogging Part III

Emily Benton
Orange team 

“Hi, my name’s Emily Benton. I live in Pennsylvania with mom and dad and my sister and my cats. My favorite activity is going to the beach and I love playing basketball at camp. I really love it!! I’m in the orange team and they are fantastic. If you don’t know about Camp PALS you can go to the website and find out! 

Jenna Hawkins
Blue team
“I’m Jenna Hawkins and I like to swim and I like to dance. My counselors name is Jill. This week, I tried photography. I liked it. My favorite thing about Camp PALS is that I made some friends. Lots of new ones on my team. I’m on the blue team. We are the blue mermaids! I like to watch lots of movies. At camp I watched Monsters Inc. 

Samantha Gordon
Red team  
“I’m on the red team. I’ve been to camp before. My brother is here too, his name is Josh. I like to sleep. At camp I like to go to Dave and Busters. The beach was good. I like to hang out with Olivia. I liked arts and crafts.”

Alex Byrne
Red team 

“My name is Alex Byrne. I am 17. My favorite color is red. I am on the red team. Yeah! My favorite food is cheeseburgers. I had them at camp. I went in the water at the beach.”

Leanne Strayline
Yellow team 

“I’m leanne strayline, I’m on the yellow team. My counselor is Nicole and she is nice. She’s really funny! I went to Dave and Busters, and the beach! My favorite part was Dave and Busters- I played games and won a peace sign pillow. I like to dance. At home I have a fish and two brothers. I don’t think they’ll come to Camp PALS. They have tennis here, but I don’t play it.


Luke Kerensky
Red team 

“My name is Luke, by the way. I got arts and media, basketball, cooking, weight lifting. The way that we do arts and crafts and arts and media is that it’s a group that get together, enjoy each other, drawing pictures, painting, coloring, posting pictures, making videos; watch youtube you can totally see you on there. I’m from Georgia and I live there for like 6 years. I wish I was in Florida but my dad is great. The best about Camp PALS is being here with my friends, like Claire, and being with Kellen. Kellen is a great he, he has a great girlfriend and I tell ya we, me and kellen, we just love jokes. He’s a great guy. I can’t thank Camp PALS enough for what  it’s done for me. Everyone here- you’re like family to me.”




Guest blogging from the Arts and Media group

Members of the Arts and Media Training Activity blog about their favorite Camp PALS activities, their teams, advice for new campers, and more.

Rachel Danielsen
Green team

“My name is Rachel. I really like gymnastics, friends houses, sleepovers, music. I like going out for ice cream- my favorite food except for hot dogs! At camp I like bowling, I like to go to the beach, I like Arts and Media and dancing! Camp PALS is fun. And I enjoy being here at Camp PALS and Camp PALS rocks! I think Camp PALS is nothing but the best, I think it’s cool to be here. It’s easy to make friends here. I get very nervous sometimes, and if someone is it’s okay and you get over it really fast. Everyone’s very nice and helps you make friends.”

Samantha Cousins
Orange team

“I live in New Hampshire, like Hannah. Camp PALS is different from Tours because Tours is in Washington DC and Camp PALS is in Pennsylvania and California. I’ll go to PALS Tours when I turn 21. My favorite part about comin ghere is hearing my name on the speaker and getting to know my new counselor. This year her name is Clo and she lives in Chicago, Illinois. Courtney, my other counselor, we’ve known eachother for two years. Camp is special because you meet new people and old people. My favorite is meeting new friends and seeing other friends.”


Sarah Lancaster
Green team

“I come from Virginia. My favorite food is hamburgers and mac and cheese. I like to hang with friends. At camp I like to hang out with my counselor, her name is Lily. I like to play soccer, my first time was at Camp PALS. I like it because it was my first time playing it here.”


Kaitlyn Good
Orange team

“This is my second time. I like to come back because I like to see my old friends. I like to see Samantha, she’s awesome and I really like her as a friend. I met her last year and now we’re friends because of camp! I was nervous to come back and my hands were a little shakey, but not any more! It’s awesome, I’m a good bowler, my triple average is 400. I like to see my counselor, Jess. We’re on the orange team like Sam. We are the orange goldfish!

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Eli Lewis
Orange team

“My name is Eli, my favorite thing about camp is coming back every year. And playing basketball, theater, acting, i love everything about camp. Everything.
The counselors are tons of fun and my head counselor is SO COOL- Timbo Shriver. The directors? Oh yeah, love them.”


Hannah Kendrick
Blue team


“I like green and blue. I like to dance and yoga and art and crafts at Camp PALS and I like respect. I have good friends. I love Camp PALS because it’s fun and I get to go to the beach. I am on the blue team and I live in New Hampshire, too. I have a dog, her name is Maggie. I think she’d like Camp PALS.”