BSAC is proud to announce the June Team Leaders of the Month – Jalen Daley and Michael Daniels. Both counselors have worked diligently to make Camp BSAC’s Passport to Adventure a memorable time for their campers. We see the impact they make in children’s lives on a regular basis and wanted to share their experience with you.
Jalen Daley has been involved at BSAC for ten consecutive years. He first joined us as a young camper before transitioning to volunteer. “The counselors that I had as a kid made such a big impact on me that I decided I wanted to become one myself” said Jalen, who is now in his fifth year of summer camp counseling.
His favorite aspect of this career is being able to mentor children through building strong relationships. “One of my most memorable moments was when I was a second grade counselor,” said Jalen. “One of my campers struggled with math homework every day. So every day I worked with him for two hours on his math. By the end he got an A on his final exam. I teared up, I was so happy and proud of him.”
As a camper, Jalen’s favorite field trip was heading out to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. Coming back as a counselor after years of being a camper has given him a different perspective, but Tropicana field is still his favorite summer camp activity.
Jalen consistently goes above and beyond from assisting a child outside of his group, to volunteering over the weekend to decorate the lobby. “I’ve definitely become more patient working here and more understanding because each kid has a different situation.”
Michael Daniels just started at BSAC this year, but has experience working with children from a very young age. His grandmother used to run a daycare where he would assist & interact with the kids daily. This led him to pursue a passionate career as a counselor three years ago.
“I had a rough childhood growing up so this for me is special,” said Michael. “I know a lot of these kids that we work with now go through a lot at home, and sometimes you just never know. I’m glad I get to come in and make their day, that’s why I do what I do.”
Michael maintains high levels of energy with his group, always engaging students and participating in play time. His flexibility and willingness to help make him an excellent example to other counselors and staff members.
“I love this program and I love being here at BSAC,” said Michael. “I have freedom to be creative and integrate things I am good into the curriculum and just have fun. I know I am new to this program but I have been having a blast this summer.”
On behalf of everyone at BSAC, thank you both for being such influential team members. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our families.