Counselors enjoy Teen Summer Camp as much as children


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Teen Camp counselors Debbie Lerssen Gordon, Taylor Streeter and Reggie Holiday enjoyed working with children this summer.

VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Gaines

 

Once school ended, it was fun to sleep in for a couple of days. After that, children around Brevard County were looking for fun things to do.

The Teen Summer Camp at the Viera Recreation Center provided direction at times during the summer for as many as 26 campers ranging in age from 12 to 15.

The camp counselors had fun as well.

“This gives me more experience with what I want to do,’’ said Taylor Streeter, a Viera High graduate who played football and competed in track and field for the Hawks before moving on to Harding University where he is studying psychology and getting ready for his junior year. “I wanted to work with the little kids. I remember looking back when I was a teen; it was a hard time.’’

Activities varied each day as the counselors utilized two vans to travel to different fun places around Brevard County and sometimes Orlando. A day at the beach could be followed by a trip to Dave & Busters, an elaborate arcade in Orlando, Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach or Rock Springs in Apopka. Campers also enjoyed movie days, simple trips to swimming pools around the county and other water parks in nearby counties.

“This is so much fun,’’ counselor Debbie Lerssen Gordon said. “We get to spend time with the tweens. They are so impressionable; we can help set them on the right path. We are their summer parents.’’

Gordon praised Streeter’s rapport with the children.

“Taylor is friends with the kids, but they respect him.”

At the outset, some of the children were shy.

“Every summer we have a good time,’’ counselor Reggie Holladay said. “Some of the kids blend in right away and, for some, it takes two weeks to blend in.’’