Jill Kulbok Carlson

Progam Director

Brain Tumor Family Camp

How did you get involved with Camp One Step?

I was working as the Program Services Manager at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and had posted a job on indeed.com.  I was reviewing the website to confirm it posted and happen to see that Camp One Step was hiring a Director of Program Services.  I’ve been involved in one way or another ever since and LOVE this organization!

How long have you been involved with the organization?

I’ve been involved with Camp One Step since August of 2008 when I came on board to serve as the Director of Program Services.  When my husband and I had children, I opted to stay home with them and began part-time, at first supporting camp programs and then transitioning to fundraising for camp.

What volunteer roles have you held?

I’ve volunteered as a counselor for the Chicago Day Camp and as Program Director for Brain Tumor Family Camp.  I am currently the Director for Team One Step.

What keeps you coming back to Camp One Step?

The sense of community is amazing!  There is a sense of connectedness, acceptance and understanding.  It’s magical. And we also laugh together at times until we are crying.  It’s truly an honor to be a part of such an amazing group.  Every time I see someone who I haven’t seen since the year before, it’s easy to pick up where we left off.  Taking time out of busy schedules to enjoy each other’s company is fantastic.

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

What’s not to love!?  Brain Tumor Family Camp provides a fun, safe, supportive place for families on a unique journey to come together – and we have so much fun together!  We organize games that are inclusive so everyone can play, act goofy, and laugh.  We have fun as a whole group, like Flour Wars, and also spend time in age-specific groups participating in different activities.  That’s when the parents get together to share experiences, exchange advice, and support each other. BTFC has it all: activities the whole family can enjoy together, activities to enjoy as a large group, and time to make new friends. Our volunteers are dedicated, creative, and committed to supporting the families. They come up with such great activities to keep the program exciting and new to families who return year after year. They are kind, warm and engaging.

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

Come as you are! Camp is an accepting, fun, welcoming place where you can be silly, goofy, serious whatever.  You can just be YOU!

What are some of your interests outside of camp?

My husband also volunteers for camp and currently coaches for Team One Step. We enjoy spending time with our daughter and son.  We love taking our dog, Sunny, for walks at the park and watching her run around like a crazy dog. Our extended family lives close by so we enjoy spending time with them.