James Feeney

Program Director

Sibling Camp

How did you get involved with Camp One Step?

I became involved in Camp One Step via my relatives, Mike and Lori Feeney!  Both of them were campers at Camp One Step and remained volunteers for a long time.  They told me about Camp, introduced me and I instantly fell in love.  I have been attending ever since!

How long have you been involved with the organization?

I have been a counselor at Camp since 2012.  Over the years I have volunteered at nearly every program offered by Camp One Step, including Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Sibling Camp, Family Camp, Brain Tumor Family Camp, Chicago Day Camp, and the new Utah Adventure program!

What volunteer roles have you held at camp?

I have spent most of my time volunteering as a counselor, but have also served as a Group Leader, and a Roverback.  My first year as Program Director for Sibling Camp is summer 2021.

What keeps you coming back to camp?

What keeps me coming back to Camp One Step is the community we have all created and shared. Many of my best friends are people I’ve met at Camp, and with every new program I participate in, I make new connections and share great memories with the people I meet.  In that way, I think Camp One Step is unlike any place in the world.

What do you love the most about the program you lead?

My favorite thing about Sibling Camp is how we are able to bring the camp experience to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate. It warms my heart to see the same campers coming back year after year and to see new campers get hooked on camp.   Cancer is a disease that affects the whole family and I think it’s incredible that the siblings get to share some of that camp magic!

What are some words of wisdom or advice that you would give to campers?

The main advice I would give to campers is to keep an open mind. Over the years I have heard so many stories of campers who were skeptical of Camp their first year, only to be blown away by the love and support and fun it can offer. In addition, I would say returning campers should seek out new ones and do their best to make them feel safe and welcome, and accepted.

What are some words of wisdom or advice that you would give to new or interested volunteers?

I would tell new counselors that camp is exactly what you make of it. If you put in the effort to participate and have fun and connect with the campers, you will have an experience unlike any other in life. Volunteering at camp is hard work, but when you see the love and joy that comes as a result of your effort you will fall in love just as I did.

What are some of your interests outside of camp? 

Outside of camp, I love active hobbies like weight lifting, running and hiking. I am also an avid traveler and have visited over 20 countries and lived in four. During my downtime, I love listening to podcasts about subjects I’m interested in, playing video games (especially the Legend of Zelda series!), and watching NBA basketball.