Welcome to the Half Day Summer Day Camp 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!
Hi, my name is Alisa White and I am a new camp counselor at Lakeland Hills Family YMCA. I graduated from Mount Olive high school in 2016 and currently attend the County College of Morris studying sociology. I plan to continue on to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and pursue a masters in sociology. I also plan to minor in psychology and photography. Some of my hobbies include photography, hiking, reading and poetry. I first started working with children at a summer camp in 2017 and I currently work at a daycare in Mountain Lakes. I hope to have an amazing summer and I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Hi, I am Laila Sharafi. I am going to be a senior at Parsippany High School. During the fall season I play volleyball for the high school team and I’m in student council. I’ve been working with children for about 3 years now through babysitting. This year will be the first time I am a camp counselor at the YMCA. I am very excited about being able to make great memories at this camp with children. Some activities I love to do is hiking, photography, and volleyball. Also adding, my favorite hobby is baking and cooking. My goal as a counselor for this summer is try to make the camper’s experience as great as possible.
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 - 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!