Welcome to the Group 4A for Junior Girls!
Below you will find the counselors and staff that will be with your kids at summer day camp. You'll also find the schedule specific to this group so you can see what your kids are doing at camp!
Hello my name is Aura Gordon. I am a Nursing student at William Paterson University and one day hope to become a pediatric nurse. I love children and have been working with them for about 7 years now, and this will also be my 3rd year working for the YMCA at Lakeland Hills. As a child myself I was involved in YMCA camps and they played a huge part in making my summers memorable and fun. I hope to do the same for the campers under my watch and have a safe, exciting, and fun summer!
Hello! My name is Samantha Broderick. Let me just start off by saying I LOVE THIS CAMP! I have been attending this summer day camp since I was in Pre K. I also went to kindergarten here, and since then when I was that young, all my years growing up. The only camp that I attended was this one, because I never wanted to leave. I would stay at camp till 6 pm every day! This will be my fourth year as a counselor. It’s fun to see the other side of what I saw my camp counselors doing. I love playing sports and I love every activity that this camp provides campers to be safe, make new friends, and to have fun! To me that’s all that camp should be! Overall I love working as a counselor and I love to make the kids have the best summer they could ask for, because that’s what I experienced and wish to provide for the kids!
Specialist - Arts & Crafts
Hi! This is my fourth summer as an Arts/Crafts Specialist at the Lakeland Hills YMCA. I am so excited once again to be introducing campers to artists and art techniques. I have a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Psychology, as well as an MA in Education with Special Education certification from Caldwell University. Over the years, working as a graphic designer, a floral designer, an elementary school art teacher, and an art specialist at the Y have kept my creativity alive! Parsippany Troy Hills School District is my employer during the school year. But, during the summer, I get to combine my two great passions—art and teaching. I look forward to working once again with the fantastic staff at the YMCA and hope to make art fun and rewarding for all the campers!
Specialist - Togetherhood
Hi! My name is Marissa and I am the Togetherhood Specialist at the Y. I graduated from Verona High School and then graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with family/friends, and going to the beach. I love all types of music- but 3 bands I will never get sick of are: The Beatles, Mumford & Sons, and The Lumineers. This is my second summer working at the YMCA with such amazing staff and campers!
Specialist - Fun & Fitness
Hi, I’m Steve, the Fun & Fitness specialist here at the Lakeland Hills YMCA Summer Camp. This will be summer number nine spent here at the Y. When I’m not at camp, I spend my days in school. I’ve been a public school teacher in NJ for the last 19 years, eight of which were spent coaching HS basketball. I’m an avid runner and love all sports, both watching and participating. In my spare time I enjoy spending with my beautiful daughter, doing anything and everything that makes her smile. I look forward to another great summer here at camp.
Specialist - Environmental Science
You may recognize me from the pool deck or camp last year, as I have been working for the Y for the past 6 years. I grew up here at the Y beginning in pre-K, going to camp and volunteering through Leaders Club. I am currently a rising senior at Penn State University, majoring in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. During the school year, I work as an Environmental Educator for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and Penn State’s Outdoor School. I have taught programs that provide children with a positive outdoor education experience as they learn about the natural world through hands-on lessons and guided exploration. I am excited to take the experiences I have gained in school during my time as the Environmental Science Specialist this summer!
Specialist - Cooking
Hello Everyone! My name is Jaritza and I can wait to see all the new and returning faces. I am a returning camp staff but this summer I will be one of the cooking specialists. I can’t wait to make so many wonderful foods with your children and see them have fun learning new recipes. This summer is going to be awesome! See you all at camp!
Hi, my name is Dana Jenson, but I normally go by DJ. I go Wilson College, a school in Southern Pennsylvania and I am majoring in environmental engineering. My favorite things to do are writing, horse back riding, playing soccer, and cruising from place to place on my pennyboard. I went to the YMCA camp for over five years, and look forward to hopefully giving other campers the same positive experience!