Today we’d like to introduce you to Bradley Finkel.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bradley. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started as a camper at Camp Chi when I was 9 years old. Through that experience, I made lifelong friends and memories. I continued attending camp as a camper all the way through the program to being in the Staff-In-Training program. I remember counting down the days until I could go to camp again and reunite with my friends and see my favorite staff members. Camp’s impact on me as a child led to my wanting to go back as a counselor. I worked part-time as a counselor and a supervisor during my college years. During the summer before my senior year in college, the camp director pulled me aside one night and told me he wanted to bring me on full time. That magical moment was a dream come true. I was honored to be asked to join this special and unique place and work full time for the organization. I accepted, no suit or tie, and have been doing what I love ever since. Now, 19 years later, I couldn’t be happier. During my tenure, I was the Teen Director, Program Director, Assistant Director and Associate Director. This past March, I was promoted to the role of Camp Director. My family is part of camp today and I couldn’t be prouder to serve in this role. I’m looking forward to my 32nd summer at camp this year.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a smooth road. Each year, we work together to bring new ideas to camp and create new ways for campers and staff to strengthen their love for camp.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Camp Chi is part of JCC Chicago. We specialize in building community and strengthening relationships between people. Camp is a place where children and teens gain independence, self-esteem, self- confidence and try new things. For 96 years Camp has delivered an experience that enriches lives and builds community through engaging programs. While camp serves children ages 9-16, we have year-round programs including family camps, winter break Camps and special spring break experiences. What sets us apart is our unique programming and impact on its participants. Camp Chi proud to have tens of thousands of alumni across the world.
What were you like growing up?
As a kid growing up, I loved sports, both playing and watching. My favorite sports to play were baseball and tennis. I’m a big Bears, Bulls, Hawks and White Sox fan. I would say I was a fun and adventurous child as well. I loved going to camp and going on vacations with my family. I also enjoy being around people. I was very involved in my youth group growing through my teen years. My friends were also a high priority. My friends from grammar school and high school are still some of my best friends today.
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