Union Woman Reflects On 9 Years Working At Special Needs Camp

(Image courtesy of The Arc of Union County)

(Image courtesy of The Arc of Union County)

UNION COUNTY — The Arc of Union County has operated Camp Star  since 1957, offering a six week specialized camp for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 6-21.

Christine Esposito of Union has been a Camp Star summer day camp counselor for the past nine years. Her first introduction to The Arc was in high school when she volunteered in the agency’s Roselle Adult Medical Day Center. In 2005 Esposito applied for a summer Camp Star position, was hired, and has returned every summer since. Both last year and this year, Esposito has been The Arc’s Director of Camp Star.

Asked why she comes back every year, Esposito responded, “This amazing program offers approximately 50 children with special needs the opportunity to hang out with their peers. It is incredible how much we are able to offer. Activities include swimming, sports, classes in marital arts, music appreciation, nature exploration, arts & crafts, and of course weekly field trips to places such as the Liberty Science Center, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Cheesequake State Park, Turtle Back Zoo, The Historic Longstreet Farm and attending local semi-professional baseball and basketball games.”

Esposito graduated from Rutgers University and in 2011 received her Masters in Special Education. During the regular school year, Esposito is a kindergarten teacher at The Arc’s Kohler School located in Mountainside. She concluded, “I hope in the future to become an advocate for people with disabilities at the national level. In the meantime I love what I do with The Arc. You never know how a volunteering opportunity can change your life.”

For more information about The Arc of Union County, visit: www.arcunion.org

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