My name is Mike and I have loved camp for as long as I can remember.
Growing up in New Jersey my mom brought me and my brother on camping trips when we were very young. When we were old enough we went to overnight summer camp and I have spent almost every summer since then attending or working at some kind of YMCA camp program. For me, camp is more than just a place to have fun. The things I’ve experienced and the people I’ve met at camp have shaped me into the person I am and given me the tools to do what I want to do in life. When I was but a young LIT I remember sitting on a bench with some of my friends talking about how we wanted to be camp directors when we grew up. It took 12 years, but now I can confidently say I’m “living the dream.”
One of my favorite things about this job is the challenge. If you have ever worked at a summer camp you know what I mean! There are so many different things to do and think about on a daily basis and I love the “Go go go!” feeling I get from tackling one task and moving on to the next. Often times I’ll encounter new situations and learn new skills and techniques for dealing with them. This is one of the best parts of the job. There is always something to be gained from a day at camp and that feeling of growth and improvement is addicting.
As you can likely tell, camp is something I care about – a lot! When I care about something I try to make it the best it can be. I hope you will consider Camp Wiyaka for your child, school or group’s next camp experience, and that you will see the value in what camp has to offer.
Mike Silverman grew up attending YMCA Camp Ockanickon in the New Jersey pine barrens every summer since the age of seven. During his high school and college years Mike worked at camp during the summers. After graduating from Rowan University in 2010 he continued his work for the YMCA both at Camp Ockanickon and Camp Bernie in north Jersey. In the summer of 2014 he was hired as the Assistant Camp Director for Wiyaka and later that year was hired as the Camp Director.