Posted on July - 15 - 2013 Comments Off

“I LIVE AND BREATHE CAMP.
THIS IS MY DREAM JOB.”

Jessie Huennekens grew up in Y camp. Now she’s giving back to the next generation of campers.

Jessie attended YMCA Camp Thunderbird her entire childhood. She says the experience was about more than just having fun – Y camp taught her valuable life lessons. “The Y taught me how to be responsible and how to deal with different types of people. I don’t think I’d be a teacher if I hadn’t gone to YMCA summer camp.”
Today, as she mentors young campers as a YMCA Camp Counselor, she hopes to give the kids assigned to her the same experience she had. “You really change kids’ lives [as a Y camp counselor]. It’s really important for them to learn things so they can learn independence. I only hope that I can have that kind of influence on a child myself.”
The YMCA of Greater Richmond provides activities and learning opportunities for over 4,000 children at YMCA Day Camps.

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