Gaby began working at Clover Patch Camp in summer 2017 as a Direct Care Counselor. Her kind demeanor and ease with the population made her a favorite among the campers and staff. Dedicated and competent staff members like Gaby make Clover Patch Camp one of the premium summer camps for individuals with disabilities.
Q: Where are you from?
I’m from Canberra, the capital city of beautiful Australia!
Q: What are you up to when you’re not at camp?
When I am not at camp I spend my time travelling around the world and experiencing as many new cultures as I can!
Q: What activities do you like best at camp?
I absolutely LOVED the talent shows held at camp. Watching the enjoyment radiate from the campers as they performed filled me with immense happiness and I always left those shows full of pride for my amazing campers. Singing songs around the campfire was always so fun and hearing the wishes people made were crazy, hilarious and touching. I loved music and drama too because who doesn’t love a good dance?
Q: What is the worst thing about camp?
Working at a camp for adults and children with physical and mental disabilities can be quite an emotional rollercoaster. Each individual has their own unique story and a lot of times life can be quite difficult for the campers which broke my heart, but knowing that my care and compassion was not only making their life a little easier but giving the campers a reason to smile meant I could go to bed each night feeling whole heartedly fulfilled.
Q: What are your fondest memories of camp?
Every single day there were things that happened that I still smile when I think about but one of my all-time favourites happened during orientation week. Myself and two other girls were rehearsing for a staff talent show. We put on some Disney music and before we knew it all of the staff had joined us on the basketball court and we danced like fools under the moonlight for hours and that is one of those moments that come so unexpectedly but impact you the most. It was only day three or so but I feel like I had known these beautiful people for years. I remember just stopping and thinking “I have known these people 3 days and they have already grown to be some of the best people I have met”.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have been lucky enough to be travelling since October 2016 so for me I spend my spare time at museums, art galleries and exploring new cities.
Q: What would you tell someone that was considering working at camp?
Do it. It may seem daunting or out of your comfort zone, which truthfully it is. But the 2 months that I spent at Clover Patch Summer Camp were without a doubt the best two month of my life. I met some of my best friends at camp and truly learnt the real meaning of happiness and making the most of life.
Q: What’s next?
After passing through Australia to surprise family I will fly to Spain to meet my boyfriend (who I just so happened to have met at camp) and my big beautiful journey around the world will continue!