Meet the Staff - Nick
Meet the Staff 2014!
Camp Talooli has one of the greatest summer staffs around. With nearly 80% of our staff returning each year, our staff members are incredibly skilled, innovative, and enthusiastic about sharing their love of summer camp with Talooli campers. This is a way for us to share just how special each of our counselors, program staff, and leaders are.
Position at Camp this summer:
Challenge Course Director
How many years have you been coming to Camp Talooli?
17 years! Before becoming the Challenge Course Director, Nick attended Talooli as a camper and CIT and worked several summers as a day/overnight counselor.
What is your favorite thing a camper has ever said to you?
This is a difficult question. I would have to say my favorite thing a camper (and now new staff member) has ever told me was at the conclusion of my first week as a resident counselor. In an odd situation, this camper outstretched his hand to me in a handshake and took on a very critical tone, one that sounded like something that should have come from my boss' mouth and not an 11-year-old's. He said, "Nick, you did a pretty okay job this week and I really enjoyed myself. I hope you are here next summer". Now I'm not quite sure what my response to this was, but I most likely just stood there dumbfounded as he got in his parents' car and drove away.
Who was your favorite counselor when you were a camper?
Nature Rob and Wild Mark were my two favorite counselors from Camp Talooli when I was a kid. As a camper, these two counselors took me under their wings, and with them I learned so much and shared so many great memories that really shaped who I am today. Even to this day, and in many ways, they have kept me under their wings. That's what Camp Talooli is all about after all!
What is your favorite theme week?
Personally I have always loved Pirate Week at Camp Talooli. Pirate Week has taken so many shapes and forms since I first started coming to Camp, but it's the quintessential week of Talooli. I love being a part of the atmosphere that envelops that particular theme week, and seeing how seriously campers and staff alike immerse themselves into the theme. Some of the best swashbucklers I have ever seen were only a couple of feet tall, but sauntered convincingly around Camp with eye patches, hooks, and fantastic hats.
What career are you currently pursuing?
I am currently studying to become a special education teacher at the elementary level.
If you were a superhero, what would your superhero name be?
I would have to name myself after the hawk that lived in Okihi during my last summer as a resident counselor. Having dubbed this bird the Okihawk, I too would like to be The Okihawk and have the ability to fly and breathe fire. Because hawks do that right?
What are you most looking forward to about this summer?
I am most looking forward to spending another summer as the Challenge Course Director and seeing how all the kids I spent last summer working with have grown in the last year.
What is the your favorite part about being on staff at Camp Talooli?
My favorite part about being on staff at Camp Talooli is how I get to spend every summer outdoors, develop my skills with children, and get campers to challenge themselves everyday. Plus we get really cool name tags!
What are the most important skills you have learned working at summer camp?
The most important skill I have learned working at summer camp is the ability to work with kids from all walks of life. Each child has their own unique story, and each child deserves their own unique experience at summer camp. Understanding that children are more than how well they fit in, how nice their clothes are, or how well they can shoot a bow is the most important skill that I have learned.