What Were the Interns up to this Summer: Nicole Campbell

Author: Nicole Campbell

Camp Akeela
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After returning from studying abroad in June, I spent a short period of time at home before shipping off to the woods of Vermont for two months. I had the absolute honor of working at Camp Akeela, an overnight summer camp for neurodivergent kids, including kids with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and other developmental differences. At Camp Akeela, I served as an in-bunk counselor living with my campers, and was responsible for fostering their social growth and their well-being. In addition to this, I served as a ropes specialist helping to run our ropes program area, which included low ropes and team building, rock climbing, high ropes elements, and a zipline. Through this, I was able to see a tremendous amount of growth in the campers that I worked with, both in their skills on the ropes course and in their interactions with others. I found Camp Akeela through Notre Dame’s Handshake portal, after searching for summer jobs that would align with my interests in neuroscience and education, as well as my passion for summer camp. On my days off from camp, I was able to explore Vermont and New Hampshire, including going to the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, jumping off cliffs, swimming at watering holes, and traversing the streets of Burlington. I am so grateful to Notre Dame for introducing me to Handshake so I could find Akeela this summer, and could not be more appreciative of the experience.