Dylan Stoneham is a Program Director at Camp Kanata. Read his story, below.
My journey at Camp Kanata began as a camper in cabin 10 when I was nine years old. I had a great first experience and I returned to Kanata as a week-long camper for the following six summers. I then became a Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) and a Counselor in Training. During this time I learned a lot about myself and serving others. I was able to apply my experience at Kanata into various aspects of my life.
During college, I worked various summer positions at Kanata and stayed with the Y after completing a full-time, student teaching internship. I started my career as a Youth Director for the Durham YMCAs and then transitioned last May into my current role as a Program Director at Camp Kanata with a focus on Day Camp.
There are many things to love about Camp Kanata, especially the culture cultivated by years of incredible campers. It is challenging to describe the magic of camp. I have yet to encounter a place more welcoming, encouraging and nurturing. When campers, counselors, or staff members share camp magic, they make a huge difference in the community in which they live.
This year, I have the opportunity to uphold this culture and spend another summer at a place unlike any other. I am looking forward to another summer full of Spaghetti Sundays, racing new friends down the waterslide, Wacky Wednesday Plinko Prizes and starting every Monday by explaining to 180 campers why they can’t ride in my little, red wagon. I hope you’ll join me!
Until next time…