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Rec-PAC: Meet the Staff

Rec-PAC Summer Program

Mike Bonneville

Mike Bonneville grew up with Rec-PAC. He was a camper, counselor, site director and area supervisor for Rec-PAC before becoming the manager of this county-wide summer activity program in 2007. He didn't plan a Rec-PAC career; he was pushed in that direction by his goals -- to make a difference and to help kids in Fairfax County. Towards that end, Mike also worked with children with disabilities in the Arlington County public schools for seven years, with after-school programs and summer programs for emotionally disturbed children and at teen centers on Friday and Saturday nights. "Kids have been my passion," he explained. "Even more so now that I'm the parent of two amazing kids! And the Rec-PAC program, its campers and staff are just an extension of my family." Born and raised in Fairfax County, Mike still lives in the Northern Virginia area.

Your job as Rec-PAC's manager? I oversee 181 volunteers, 350 camp staffers, eight area supervisors, four office staffers and 3,000 kids a week. I make sure that our kids are in a safe environment, having fun while they learn and enjoy recreation. I love my job! I get paid for coming up with entertaining and creative things for kids to do and putting those ideas into action. It's like being a kid again. It keeps me young. There's a quote that explains it perfectly: "If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life." That is how I feel about my position with the Park Authority. I get the opportunity to work with some the best people in the county, all striving towards one propose -- to better the lives of the families in Fairfax County.

What do kids learn in Rec-PAC? They learn that character counts. We've incorporated that national program, with its emphasis on the six pillars of character (citizenship, respect, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and responsibility). We get a diverse group of kids so we have an international week to give our campers a better understanding of different cultures. We do cooperative game playing to open their minds, and because kids need to be outside, we teach them active outdoor games that they can play in a group or on their own. They learn about fitness, too, through games and obstacle courses, and by eating healthy snacks and juice, not high calorie junk food and sodas. We also talk with the campers about Bullying and what to do if they are being bullied or see someone being bullied. To take a stand and lend a hand to those in need.

Your philosophy for managing Rec-PAC? When you work with children, you should be held to higher standards. Kids need positive examples; they deserve good role models. That's a priority for our counselors. Parents pay with their hard earned money for the program -- they should be given the best customer service and their children should be provided with the best quality care.

Best thing about Rec-PAC? The staff, the children who attend and the parents of those children. Rec-PAC is a big family. Every child is treated with respect and care, and we try to open their minds to their own creativity. There's a lot of camaraderie. It is wonderful to see children trying new activities that they have never done before and excelling in them. I like to watch the staff work as a team to try new things. It's a great thing to see veteran staff helping new staff. Summer is the best time of the year! At Rec-PAC, kids get the opportunity to learn many new things and teach us new things as well.

Rec-PAC Mascot: Buddy the Wolf

Hi, I am Buddy, the official mascot for the Rec-PAC summer program. I love playing games, dancing and using my imagination to create new things, especially during arts and crafts. You can also be sure to see me in the game room playing Wii Baseball. Every summer, I show up at Rec-PAC with a mission…. to talk to campers about the importance of being a friend to everyone. I encourage campers to talk about bullying and how it can hurt people, not only physically, but also emotionally. Children will hear me say, “we all come in different shapes, colors and sizes, but we are all human and should treat people the way we want to be treated.” I am excited to say I have been a part of the Rec-PAC program for two years now and I look forward to many more years of fun in the sun with the campers.

My main goal is to make the summer a special one for every camper by educating kids on the harm bullying does to a person and how each of us can prevent bullying…we all have the power to make someone’s summer the greatest it can be!

Rec-PAC Program Staff

  • Rec-PAC Staff Area A
  • Rec-PAC Staff Area B
  • Area C Staff
  • Area D Staff
  • Area E Staff
  • Area F Staff
  • Area G Staff
  • Area I Staff

The Rec-PAC Program staff consists of Area Supervisors, Site Directors and Leaders. Staff are selected on the basis of skills, knowledge and ability areas of arts, and crafts, sports and games, leisure activities, leadership and resourcefulness. Many Rec-PAC staff work for Fairfax County Public Schools during the school year as teachers, guidance consolers and teacher assistants. There are also individuals who are college students with educational backgrounds in recreation, elementary education, or a related field of study. The Rec-PAC staff is comprised of 8 area supervisors, 50 site directors and over 300 leaders. The Rec-PAC management staff puts forth every effort to place the best-qualified staff at each site to ensure a positive recreation experience for the children.

  • Area A (Reston-Herndon)
  • Area B (Oakton-Vienna)
  • Area C (Chantilly-Centreville)
  • Area D (Falls Church-Mclean)
  • Area E (Springfield-Annandale)
  • Area F (Burke-Lorton)
  • Area G (Alexandria)
  • Area I (Inclusion)

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