Each camper group will be supervised at all times by at least 3 counselors, making our counselor to camper ratio 1:5. Since we are committed to providing the most positive experience possible, only the most caring, patient and responsible candidates are selected as counselors and program staff to care for our campers. Our general counselors are over 18 and our Program Directors, all who are NYS certified teachers, are over 21 years of age. In our Summer Day Camp we also have Jr. Counselors who are a third in the group and our CIT graduates. Our staff is dedicated to teaching and developing creative, motivating fun-filled activities. Our counselors and Program Directors are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR. Before the campers arrive, all staff members participate in an intensive training week of safety, counseling, teaching, and camp policies and procedures.
Safety is of utmost importance at LIU Post. It is our first priority in every activity, at every meal and in every program. Camp is based on a daily schedule program; therefore we know where every camper should be at every moment. We take our role as caregiver very seriously. Parents can be rest assured their child is being well cared for and in good hands.
Director of Youth Programs
(B.A., State University of New York Stony Brook; M.S., Adv. Cert., C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University)
Nickolette Kacharaba has been a part of the LIU Post Youth Camps since 2003. After growing through the program as Drama Director, Unit Leader, Program Coordinator she became Director in 2010. She joins us full time after having taught in public and private school for 12 years.
An Alumna of LIU Post, she earned a M.S. in Music Education and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership. Nickolette has been an active member of NAfME, NYSSMA and both Nassau and Suffolk County Music Education Associations. Nickolette’s dedication and experiences as a music teacher and as a LIU Post Youth Camp staff member have helped countless children and teens thrive and grow in school and their personal lives.
Assistant Director of Summer Day Camp
(B.S. and M.S., C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University; MS, Touro College, New York)
Unique Wilson is returning to the LIU Post Youth Camps for his sixth year. This is his third year serving as Associate Director of LIU Post Youth Camps. An alumna of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, he earned a B.S in Curriculum and Instruction and a M.S in Educational Technology. Unique also further his education by completing an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Touro College.
Unique has worked in the Roosevelt Union Free School District since 2003 as a Universal Pre-K Teacher and he currently leads this program throughout this school district. He is an active member of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Unique has a great deal of passion and dedication for all children and he contributes immensely to the LIU Post Youth Programs summer experience.
(B.S., Post Campus, Long Island University)
David Lugo is returning to the LIU Post Youth Camps for his fifth year. He has been a counselor, unit leader, most recently our specialties coordinator. During the year you can find David working in our Youth Programs office. An Alumna of LIU Post, he has earned a B.S. in Music Performance. David is planning on receiving his M.A. in Music Education and become a future educator. David’s passion has helped him impact lives by making campers have a memorable summer at the LIU Post Youth Camps.
Associate Student Coordinator
(B.M. and M.A., Post Campus, Long Island University)
Stephanie Drew is returning to the LIU Post Youth Camps for her third year. She has been a Pioneer counselor and Discovery unit leader. During the year you can find Stephanie working in our Youth Programs office. An Alumna of LIU Post, she earned a B.M. in Music Education and is earning a M.A. in Music History. Stephanie has been an active member of NAfME and has volunteered at her local Youth Center teaching music and dance. Stephanie’s excitement and dedication have helped her assist in camper’s making of memories and growth during their time at the LIU Summer Day Camp.