Meet the Camp Director: Nikko Tayleor
As Summer Camp approaches, we're introducing you to our Durham YMCA Camp Directors. Before your kids spend their summer with our directors, learn more about them!
What camps do you oversee?
I am the camp director for our Lakewood YMCA camps: Camp Bull Run, Specialty Camp, Sports Camp, Camp III at Camp Bull Run and the CILT program.
How long have you worked for the Y?
I first started at the YMCA as a teacher, tutoring for the Y Learning after school program. I then served as the office manager for camp before joining the YMCA as a full-time Youth Director in June 2017.
My first camp memory is from Camp High Hopes here in Durham in the summer of 2016. I was serving as the office manager, and was so impressed with all the behind the scenes work and small details that go into making camp a great experience for the kids. It was a lot of work, but we had a blast! I walked away feeling like camp at the YMCA was the best there is!
What made you decide to make a career out of being a part of YMCA youth programs?
My first love was teaching, which I did for 7 years before coming to the YMCA full time. I have always had a passion for working with kids and giving them the best experience while providing them with an education. I was excited to be able to expand my reach with Durham’s youth and be able to enrich their lives outside of the classroom. I felt that the YMCA, with its strong mission, cause and commitment to serve would be the perfect organization to help me achieve that goal. I have watched young lives being transformed already while working part-time. I look forward to being a part of that change for many other youth in the future.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to any parents of first-time campers?
Encourage your child to embrace the experience of camp by being willing to try new things. We are always working to introduce new concepts and skills. Come in ready to play and make new friends. Reassure them that we are here to serve them and help them to have the best summer ever!