Welcome to the Group 5A for Senior Boys!
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 Alexei Masanko and this will be my first year as a camp counselor. I attended Don Bosco Prep High School where I played varsity hockey all 4 years and freshman lacrosse. I played lacrosse from 3rd to freshman year of high school. I have been playing hockey for 17 years as a goalie. I am currently not attending college because I am playing junior hockey. This past year I lived in Texas where I played, but then got traded to a team in Canada. I will be returning to Canada this year again where I will continue my junior hockey career. Some of my hobbies are video games, hiking, sports, and outdoor activities.
Hi, my name is Tajamier Smith. I currently attend college at Cabrini University in Radnor Pa. While attending Cabrini University I am majoring in Early Childhood Education Pre-K- 4. My hobbies consist of playing basketball, or football, also hanging out with my friends. This is my 3rd year working at the YMCA summer camp and I have enjoyed it every year. I am excited for this summer.
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 - Challenge
My name is Jessica Prentice. I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Education. Since then I have worked in several school districts in the Morris and Sussex county area for about 10 years. I am currently working as a 6th grade English teacher. Outside of school, I love arts and crafts, football, and gardening. I look forward to the warm weather, so I can spend all my time outside with my family and friends. As a child, I attended several summer camps for soccer and girl scouts which were always the highlight of my summer vacation. I look forward to making my second summer at the YMCA awesome for everybody!
Specialist - Cooking
Hello, my name is Chelsea Arena. I have recently graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. I have over 10 years experience working with children. Working with children has really taught me a lot and I love teaching them new things every day. I recently started working at the Y and could not be more excited to start this journey.
Specialist - Arts & Crafts
My name is Eileen Racioppi and I am an art teacher at Montville Township High School. I received my B.F.A. at the University of South Florida and then attended The School of Visual Arts in New York for Graphic Design. I was a Graphic Designer/ Illustrator and Art Director before I became a teacher. Because of my love for children and my passion for Art, I am living the dream teaching. This will be my second year at Summer Camp and I am excited share my knowledge and passion with 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 - 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!