Camp Diaries: Rani

Hello everyone! 

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My name is Rani Naciuk. My first bus ride to Camp Misquah in 2014 was a memorable one. The excitement was infectious! As I sat among the campers, listening to everyone reminisce, I felt like part of the Misquah family before we had even arrived. I had just needed a summer job to get through University, but camp changed my entire career path.

As a counselor, I was primarily responsible for the safety and well being of a small group. I assisted these campers with the activities of daily living and made sure that they received their medications on time. I quickly became a friend mentor to those in my care and wanted 2014 to be their best year yet! I encouraged participation in all that Camp Misquah has to offer! Especially my favorite camp activities…Beach Afternoon, Evening Hike and Camp Misquah’s famous spontaneous dance parties.

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Letting my campers do my make-up one rainy night was particularly memorable. Every color of the rainbow was used, and every inch of my face covered! I learned that I loved this job and wanted to do it year round! I changed programs to become a registered nurse

When I returned to Camp Misquah as a nurse, I was administering medications, dealing with any emergencies and promoting health! I still felt like a counselor, just with more campers! Even though I am now a registered nurse working in the city, I still come to camp on my days off. I have forged life-long bonds with campers and staff alike and can’t imagine my life without Camp Misquah!

- Rani

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