RYLA Staff Applications

Cody Swinarski

Gender – Male

Position(s) Applying For – Junior Counselor (Open to anyone who has attended RYLA as a camper), Photographer (Open to anyone who has attended RYLA as a camper)

Year Participated in RYLA – 2019

Times You’ve Served as Junior Counselor – 0

Home Phone – 308.750.4993

Work Phone – [695]

Cell Phone – [683]

College Phone – 3088658441

E-mail – cody.swinarski@gmail.com

City, State – St. Paul, NE

School City, State – Kearney, NE

Why do you want serve in the positions you’ve selected?

I want to serve as a junior counselor because I feel like I can have a positive impact on campers’ lives. If selected to be a junior counselor I will be able to implement my leadership knowledge to help lead my group of campers and teach them about different leadership styles. I want to really help my group to get close to one another. I learned as a camper that RYLA is a judge free zone and that the people you meet there for the week can truly become your life long friends. Learning new skills and being able to express an individual’s talents are two things that I want my group to know because there is something for everyone at RYLA. While on vacations and hanging out with friends I love taking pictures to capture the moments in my life that mean the most to me and will stick with me for a lifetime. As a photographer I would still be able to connect with campers and capture various moments of them having a fantastic time at camp. I have some background with taking pictures as during one of my computer classes in high school we had a unit on taking pictures so I learned a lot about taking photos.

How has your experience as RYLA participante impacted you?

My experience at RYLA really impacted me by teaching me so many life lessons and new skills that will stay with me as I get older. After attending RYLA I felt like I didn’t have to carry the world on my shoulders and that I can have a more positive outlook on life. Everyone’s biggest critic in life is themselves therefore they must overcome their own obstacles to take on new challenges and adventures. I remember attending camp like it was yesterday and all of the amazing experiences that I will cherish for my life to come. I still talk to so many people that I met while attending RYLA. When I first arrived at camp I wasn’t sure if I would like it since previous campers from my town had mixed feelings about the camp. But turns out I loved it so much I never wanted that week to end and I would do anything to do it again because it impacted my life so much.

How do you feel you can contribute and grow RYLA?

If selected to be a junior counselor or photographer it would be an honor to help give campers the amazing experience that I had as a camper. I want to be a positive and encouraging leader and help my campers break out of their shells throughout the week and be their unique selves. I have had a lot of leadership roles over the years and I want to help others become better leaders and equip them with skills that they can bring back to their community. I am so thankful that all of the counselors from my experience encouraged us to be ourselves and put ourselves out there by meeting as many new people as possible.