Howdy! I’m Dylan, and this is my first summer at Camp Augusta!! If you are an incoming camper, I am SO excited to meet you. Before I get a chance to learn about you, here’s a little bit about me.
Who am I?
I am 20 years old, born and raised in San Jose, California. I have an older brother and sister; we get along really well! When I was in high school, I spent my time running cross country, playing soccer, and speaking on the debate team. I currently attend Rice University in Houston, Texas, where I study political science. I plan to research the effectiveness of public policy, and am especially passionate about U.S. election reform (ask me about voting systems if you want to get me distracted)!
Fun fact: when I was a kid, I wanted to be a horse. When I realized that might be difficult, I decided I wanted to be a pizza delivery man for Little Caesars. When my parents told me to dream a little bigger, I said “fine, I’ll be a pizza CHEF at Little Caesars” (I really liked pizza). Alas, some dreams were not meant come true, so I decided to pursue my other (more fun) dream: to be a summer camp counselor. Working at Camp Augusta merges two of the most fulfilling aspects of my life thus far — kids and the outdoors.
Kids, they’re neat!
I spent the summers of middle and high school helping lead summer programs at my Church and serving others in low-income communities with weeklong kids clubs programs. Taking that experience, I spent my summer after high school leading a group of 4th and 5th graders in a summer day camp, full of field games, field trips, science projects, and epic cardboard fort battles. In college, I have continued to work with kids by teaching online speech and debate classes to students aged 9-16. I love the energy and creativity that kids bring to any activity, and it has been a great privilege to have been able to help young people confidently express themselves and have fun while doing it.
The Outdoors, I love it!
I had my first camp experience in the 5th grade, and more than the friends and wild games, I remember the trees. It was the first time I had spent a significant amount of time in nature, and once I got a taste of the outdoors, I wanted more! My camp experiences ignited a passion for the outdoors that I love to continue to explore through hikes and backpacking trips. After a year spent mostly indoors looking at a screen, I can think of no job more gratifying than one where I get to spend every day in nature passing onto others the incredible camp experiences I had as a kid.
Some things I like:
- Dark chocolate
- Movies (my favorite is Inception)
- American history
- Playing board games, cards, DND with friends
- Soccer (my favorite team is Bayern Munich)
- Photography, videography
- Frisbee, disc golf
- Classical music
- The office supply aisle at Target
- Impromptu rap battles
- Tortilla Chips
Some things I don’t like:
- Corn nuts
- When the sink faucet is really short, so you have to mush your hands against the back of the sink bowl when you wash them
- Spoons (I think they’re overrated, #teamfork)
- …that’s it!
I Can’t wait to meet you!