Early Childhood teacher Rachel Rich has been a summer camp instructor for many years at Old Trail. Her camps – including Messy Monets, Let's Cook, Let's Cook Junior, The Magical World of Disney and more – are often our most sought-after registrations.
Rachel, Old Trail's recipient of the 2021-22 Catherine Silver McNamara Award (given annually to an outstanding faculty member), is featured for her summer camp insight in this month's Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. Her comments are copied below:
Why are summer camps and programs important for families and kids?
Summer enrichment can be a wonderful opportunity for children to engage in unique activities that they may not be able to do while at home during the summer months. Summer programming can maintain the consistency of the school year, yet provide the fun and excitement that come with a break from school!
Why do you love your job?
Teaching summer camp allows me to feel like a kid again—as I often get as messy as my campers! It gives me a chance to meet many new faces and reconnect with familiar children year after year.
How does your program work with the kids to ensure they have a good summer experience?
Adventure abounds on our 62-acre campus within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! There is nothing that says “summer fun” more than exploring the beauty of nature surrounding Old Trail. Our unique location makes these experiences possible! From the moment you step on campus, you can hear children's laughter coming from every direction.
What advice would you give to parents on how to prepare their kids for the 2022 summer camp season?
I am hopeful that Summer 2022 feels closer to normal than in recent years. My best advice for parents as they prepare their children for summer camp is to encourage them to embrace the fun, get dirty, try something new, and make a new friend!
For more information about our summer camp offerings, please visit our Summer Camps page.