Program Director Erin Hyerczyk
How did you get involved with Camp One Step?
I am a former camper and learned about camp from the staff at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago (now Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital).
How long have you been involved with the organization?
I started as a camper in 2003 and volunteering as a counselor for Camp One Step in 2014. I have been coming back every year since then.
What volunteer roles have you held?
I have volunteered for Family Camp, Winter Camp, Utah Ski Camp, Chicago Day Camp, Brain Tumor Family Camp, Sibling Camp, and Summer Camp. I have also volunteered for Team One Step at the Chicago Marathon.
What keeps you coming back to Camp One Step?
I keep coming back to the amazing campers and staff and positive energy from each program.
What do you love the most about the program you lead?
I love watching campers challenge themselves and progress throughout the week. It’s incredible to watch campers start off on the bunny hill and by the end of the week, they are going down black diamonds. I love watching the campers accomplish things that they may have thought or been told they would never do.
What are some words of wisdom or advice that you would give campers?
Don’t be afraid to try new things, and get out of your comfort zone. Camp is a special place where everyone supports each other. Be open to meeting new people and creating new experiences
What are some words of wisdom or advice that you would give new or interested volunteers?
For new volunteers: Get involved in the camp activities, connect with the campers, be yourself, and just enjoy the camp atmosphere and positive vibes.
Interested volunteers: There’s a reason why camp has a staff waiting list – apply! You won’t regret it.
What are some of your interests outside of camp?
I enjoy traveling, snowboarding, running, anything outdoors, and of course, being with family and friends.