May 11, 2017

Posted by: Terence Devine

Ryan Bocchino

Ryan joined Ranch Camp in 2016 from Putnam County, New York, and has grown up almost exclusively at camps. He attended Hillside Summer Camp from 1996 – 2002, and worked for their parent organization, Green Chimneys, for the next 13 years.

I started my work full-time in 2009 at Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus, in their outdoor education department; teaching environmental education to at-risk and underprivileged youth from NYC. I served as the assistant director of their new, second summer camp, living my passion for creating unforgettable experiences for children from all walks of life.

For three years I’ve been blessed to be a part of the of the Ranch Camp family; it has had a profound impact on who I am as a person. Once disconnected from my Jewish identity, it has been fully reformed by the community at JCC Ranch Camp. It’s hard to put into words the magic and love the community at camp has for each other, and how everyone inspires everyone around them to be the best versions of themselves.

In the words of Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot” is the muse for my passion to create lasting and memorable experiences for campers, and to empower others to never rest on their laurels and do the same.