Archive for October, 2014

My First Year as a Counselor

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

I went to Camp Starlight as a camper for 8 summers. I remained in the same bunk with the same group of girls since I was a junior all the way until CA summer. I was understandably nervous about joining the starlight staff for the summer of 2014, but knew that it was an experience I must complete in order to complete my journey at Camp Starlight. Undoubtedly, this summer exceeded any of my previous expectations. I was a Lower Deb Counselor (GO UNICORNS) and I couldn’t have asked for a better

group of girls to spend my summer with. I admired their constant positivity and energy at every activity and in the bunk. My co-counselors and I became the best of friend, and I learned more about teamwork and responsibility than I thought I could ever learn anywhere. Outside the bunk, I was a lacrosse specialist and it w

as amazing to get to know almost the entire girls side. Every group of girls brought forth a different contribution to the program, which only added to my incredible experience as a coach. I truly thought my years as a camper were the best it was going to get, but my first year counselor experience exceeded anything before it. I learned so much about myself, while spending every second with the people I came to love the most.

Devon H.

My Interview With Megan Panelas.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Sometimes we get so much good stuff over the summer that we can’t publish it all at once. The following is an interview conducted by 2014 Lower Deb Sydney M. during the summer of 2014 with her Division Leader, Meagan Panelas…Recently, I interviewed Megan Panelas, the Lower Deb Division Leader. I’m sure you will learn something new about one of our staff members.The first question I asked Megan was why she wanted to work at a camp. she told me she wanted more experience with kids. she said she specifically chose Camp Starlight because she saw the video yearbook and wanted to join instantly. Megan has been working at Camp Starlight for a long time. Megan has been here for thirteen years. She has been a Division Leader for eleven years in a row.

Megan wanted to be a  Division Leader because she likes special events and she wantedto be more involved in them and what better way to get involved than to be in charge of them? Her favorite thing about being a Lower Deb Division Leader is picking the annual Lower Deb mascot and meeting new campers and counselors every year. Megan says she is from London, Canada and she went to school at the University of Guelph. During the winter, Megan is a pre-school teacher. No wonder why she is so good with kids! Interesting enough, Megan’s first job was as a singing waitress! Megan loves animals, especially unicorns, hippos, dragons and flamingos. Before Megan was a Division Leader, she was a theater specialist and an ADL for the upper inter girls. The thing she likes most about the Lower Deb girls are that they are old enough to do anything on camp and like all evening activities. I asked her if she had any pets and she said she has three cats! Their names are Cringer, Roxy and Marbles. “I love them dearly.” she says about her cats.  She even Skypes with her cats. I had so much fun this year with Megan as my division leader!

-Sydney M.