Camp SHARK

Youth Center welcomes new director for Camp SHARK summer program

1. Pictured is The Youth Center’s new Camp S.H.A.R.K. Director Allison McCabe with children from their R.A.S.C.A.L.S. after school program. McCabe brings extensive experience working with children to her new position. Registration is open now for Camp S.H.A.R.K. online at www.theyouthcenter.org.
1. Pictured is The Youth Center’s new Camp S.H.A.R.K. Director Allison McCabe with children from their R.A.S.C.A.L.S. after school program. McCabe brings extensive experience working with children to her new position. Registration is open now for Camp S.H.A.R.K. online at www.theyouthcenter.org.

With a wealth of experience and passion, new Camp S.H.A.R.K. Director Allison McCabe of Long Beach looks forward to a great summer working with kids at Rossmoor Park.

In her 10th year of camp with The Youth Center, McCabe brings with her three previous summers as camp supervisor, three years of working at the R.A.S.C.A.L.S. after school program, and previous staff and volunteer experience to this year’s camp.

McCabe is a former Los Alamitos resident, who is pursuing her bachelor’s degree and multiple subject teaching credential to work with elementary students. She’s looking forward to a great summer at Camp S.H.A.R.K.

“I can’t wait to see returning campers, and I’m really excited to meet new campers,” she said. “I want the kids to have the best experience possible and for it to be really positive. It’s their summer camp, and I want them to get the most out of it!”

“Working with kids is definitely my passion, and I can’t imagine what I would be doing if I weren’t working with them,” McCabe explained. “I’m lucky enough to get to work with kids of all ages, and it’s so fun, never a dull moment, and it keeps me on my toes!”

McCabe wants to encourage kids to communicate with her and staff if they have any ideas that would make the already positive camp better including ideas for new games or activities. “The kids are with us for a lot of the day, and I want it to be a really wonderful experience for them. I will do everything I can to make sure this happens!”

As a volunteer, staff, supervisor, and now director, she’s seen camp from all different perspectives and believes this is what helps her to see camp from everyone’s point of view. McCabe hopes to be a good role model for both kids and staff. “I want campers to feel comfortable talking to me about any topic they feel necessary,” she added.

When not working or attending class, McCabe loves to attend concerts, read, bicycle ride, spend time with family, and go to Target. She also loves to travel and is trying to plan more trips in the coming years.

Camp S.H.A.R.K. for ages 5 to 12, runs for 9 weeks from June 3 to Aug. 2 at Rossmoor Park. Optional field trips and classes are also available. The Youth Center also offers Teen Camp for kids ages 12 to 17. Registrations for both are now open online at www.theyouthcenter.org. For more information, please call 562-493-4043.

The article above was released by the Los Alamitos Youth Center.