Matthew Joseph Mickler, 16, is currently a student at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis. Matt first attended a Kids in College summer camp in 1997, when he participated in the Sports Jamboree camp. Since then he has grown tremendously, moving up from a Counselor in Training to a Junior Counselor.
“I became a Counselor in Training because I wanted to keep adding to the camp environment that I loved," said Matt. "I volunteered to be a Counselor in Trainer, and I loved it so much the first year that I decided to go back for a second term. My responsibilities varied from camp to camp, in that at some camps I was simply an “old camper” aiding the counselors, while at others I was more of a teacher’s assistant.”
Matt said that he keeps coming back to the camps year after year because he enjoys the camp environment and the variety of the camps offered. He said that the people who work at the camps are very friendly. This summer, Matt will be serving as a Junior Counselor.
“As a Junior Counselor, I will have more responsibilities than I had as a Counselor in Training, and also more freedoms," said Matt. "I wanted to be a camp counselor because I saw it as the next stage in my camp career at AACC.”
Matt said that he particularly enjoys the camps that focus on history, science and athletics. He is very interested in camps that allow him to learn new skills.
“Through the camps, I have learned how to work with all sorts of people, and this has helped me to become more effective in various aspects of my life," said Matt. "The variety of the camps has let me experience some very interesting things. For example, last summer we did “Spy Camp” and then visited the Spy museum. In Sports Jamboree I get to participate in sports that I usually can’t either because of a scheduling conflict or because there is no team available for me. Through the years I have done writing camps, cooking, dinosaurs and medicine. One camp seems more interesting than the next. It’s just a really fun way to spend the summer. It’s definitely not boring!”
Matt is looking forward to the summer and the camps. Looking further ahead, you may find him in law school one day. He said that he is considering becoming a lawyer, but the idea of owning his own business sounds very interesting as well.