Kaelyn Hall, now 17, grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A city kid, she spent her summers at Greenwich House summer camp. “I had so much fun!” she says enthusiastically. “We would play dodgeball, kickball, flag football. We did art. I didn’t always appreciate it at the time, but I learned so much about myself.” Sports taught Kaelyn collaboration and that it’s ok to lose sometimes, and art projects helped her explore creative interests and connect with other people.
A high schooler today, Kaelyn now works as a counselor at Greenwich House Summer STEAM Camp. She marvels at being on the “other side” as a counselor, and has a greater appreciation for all of the activities she participated in as a camper herself. She loves passing on the gift of Greenwich House to the next generation. “The kids are so cool, creative and genius. That’s why I wanted to come back. I’m surrounded by some of the best people I’ve ever met. It feels like a family and Greenwich House just attracts a certain type of energy, an aura.” As for her future, Kaelyn plans on continuing to have a relationship with Greenwich House even after she graduates from high school. “I’ll stay there ‘til life whisks me away!”