It's Almost Summer 2014!
If you haven't signed up for Summer 2014 yet, it isn't too late! You can download our application here and stop by the Camp Office to sign up! Our hours are Sunday mornings from 10 AM - 12 PM and Wednesday evenings from 7 PM - 9 PM!
Get to Know Our Staff
Daniela Kogan, Specialist
I was a CIT at Hillcrest in 2009, and have been coming back ever since!
What keeps you coming back year after year?
I honestly think that HJCDC has one of the best groups of staff and campers, and every day at the camp brings a new fun adventure—either at a trip or in the building. Hanging out with the Hillcrest family is always a blast.
Do you have a favorite part of camp?
My favorite parts of camp are the BBQs on Wednesday. It is so nice having a certain day where the entire camp can get together for fresh air and fun outdoors. The BBQ is a great way for campers of all ages to play and bond with each other.
What’s your favorite camp trip?
My favorite trip of the year was Rye Playland—all the campers loved the theme park and watching the kids have fun on rides and games was a great experience as a counselor. The best part of the trip was the sleepover at camp afterwards, where all the campers got to go swimming to cool off after the long day and then have a friendly pillow fight and movie night.
What are you looking forward to most during Summer 2014?
I'm most looking forward to getting to know all the new campers and seeing how the old ones have changed and grown up during the year! It's been great watching the kids I carried around in N/K growing up to become young adults in the Upper Camp.
I was a camper, CIT, and counselor at Hillcrest from 1999-2010
What did you like most about Hillcrest?
The friends I made there. My best friends now are the people that I met when I went to Hillcrest.
Did you have any favorite trips? Activities?
Adventureland! And the overnights—both at the New Jersey Y camp and the In-Camp Overnight. I also loved swim and when we used to go to karate every week!
What have you been up to since your time at Hillcrest?
Besides school, during the summer, I spend time working on my dance career. I train every summer doing dance intensives at other schools or in NYC, and I have also interned at dance administration offices to learn about the business of the arts.
Do you still keep in touch with anyone from your time at camp?
Yup! My best friends now are the people that I met at camp years ago, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if Hillcrest didn’t bring us together!