Childhood revisited at parks dept.
by Lisa Tome
Between 2001-2009, Owen Null spent his summers playing kickball at Elkton Parks and Recreation's Camp Discovery.
Now, as a 19-year-old college student who attends Frostburg University and aspires to earn a degree in elementary education, Null still goes to camp and plays kickball.
Now he gets paid for it.
Null now works at the camp he used to attend.
This is his fifth summer in the counseling program. He was a counselor in training and now he is a full fledged counselor.
"I'm familiar with everything here, the routine and the types of kids. It was fun as a kid and as a counselor. I liked kickball then and I like it now. I'm just a big kid," said Null.
Megan O'Neal, an incoming Elkton High senior, also attended Camp Discovery as a kid. "I like being with the kids and hearing the funny stories they tell you. I'll work here as long as I can," said O'Neal. "Camp is better now."
Kristina Keithley, 16, is in her second year as a counselor. "I went to camp as a kid here for three or four years. It's a lot different now, it's more laid back. We do different things now. I liked going to the park as a kid and now I still do," said Keithley.
Delaney Shertz is going to college this fall to study exercise science. It's her third summer working at the camp. "This is the best job you can have. It's better than working with adults," said Shertz.
Mary Magaw from Elkton Parks and Recreation does the hiring for Camp Discovery the series of summer camps run by Elkton Parks and Rec.
This year, Magaw expended no effort in the hiring process. Because everyone who is working at the camp has worked there in the past.
Counselors must be at least age 16, enjoy working with children, and earn $9.25 per hour. Magaw said the staff is a mix of high school and college students. "I hired not even one person. No one new was hired," said Magaw.
The camp allows per day campers, There are 70 or more children who attend the camps daily all summer long. Magaw said that camp enrollment revolves around the weekly field trip. The week the campers are going to a water park is maxed out with a long waiting list of children who hope to go on the trip.
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