I am very excited to welcome you to Camp Augusta! My name is Kyle Epsteen. I am a native Iowan, transplant to Southern California. This is my first season as a counselor at Camp Augusta and I am filled with enthusiasm for all the adventure we will share together! You can count on me for gentle support and guidance. Together we will face many challenges and achieve many goals, we will relax in the summer shade, and share the glow of warm evening camp fires. You have everything it takes to have a wonderful and joyful experience at camp. Together we will have fun, be true to ourselves, and participate in lots of crazy activities. Let’s fill summer up with wish, wonder, and surprise!
If you were picturing me as a child in Summer, you might see me climbing the tree in my front yard with my little brother, Jakob. Or you might see me pitching in a little league baseball game. I also spent my summers swimming in the Winnebago River that ran through my grandparents backyard. I dug up worms in the garden and ran matchbox stock car races through the dirt of the empty schoolyard near my home. I explored, climbed, swam, ran, and crashed my way through summer with a big smile, usually.
Growing up can be a really fun and scary time. I too was not immune to difficulty or hard times. From time to time I made mischief in school. I fought with my brothers sometimes too. I drove my parents crazy with my obnoxious behavior. I’m sharing some of my hard times with you so that you see that I understand some of the challenges of being young. But it wasn’t all bad!
I spent many summers on amazing vacation trips throughout the Midwest and Great Plains. I have been to the top of the Sears Tower, inside the friendly confines of Wrigley field, and dipped my toes in the Great Lake Michigan, all in Chicago. I have been to the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and The Corncob Palace in South Dakota. I’ve been to the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi, stood at the top of the St. Louis Arch, and climbed to the top of Pike’s Peak near Denver.
Spending a summer session with you excites me very much. I can’t wait to meet you, and hope you are excited to meet me too! I can’t wait for us to create new memories, embark on all sorts of adventures, and redefine what it can mean to have fun!