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TEWSKBURY SUMMER CAMP

I have to say I am very disappointed on the handling of how John Lyons chose his employees for summer camp.  We have paid into the extended day program for over 15 years and my child along with others were not chosen for positions.  Is it because the politics in this town take president on who gets hired.  Lets see, Im sure the Rausio children both got hired once again.  I find it to be an absolute disgrace.  Not to mention the fact that I hope these parents realize that they do nothing all day with those kids.  They sit indoors playing video games for 8 to 10 hours a day.  Can you tell Im a little pissed off.
Matt Rauseo June 17, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Hi Marc, I'm sorry that you feel that way about the the summer program. Obviously it's no fun to be declined a position, and while I can't give you any help in getting your kid and other kids a job, I hope that they apply for the position again next year. However, I disagree with many of the points you have posted here. For example, the kids and counselors at our camp do not "sit indoors playing video games for 8 to 10 hours a day." We actually take pride in the fact that we spent a majority of the day outdoors or in the gym at the Ryan School playing a variety of games and sports with the kids. We do give them a few hours of "free time" in the cafeteria to play video games of their choice, but I hope the kids don't think all we do is sit around! In fact, most of the kids (and counselors) prefer going outside when it's nice out. Also, I would like to point out that, as a certified personal trainer, I was asked by a teacher at the Heath Brook Summer Program to create an exercise program for her campers. I compiled a few ideas that we could use, such as obstacle courses, that could help promote exercise and a better lifestyle in the younger generation of kids. We unfortunately did not have the money or resources to follow through with this program. However, based on this and the other ideas that I have suggested to camp staff over my six years as an employee, I would like to think that I do more than "Nothing all day with those kids". I have been working summer camps since I was offered a position in tenth grade to work the basketball camp. I had been attending this camp since second grade and I was a member of the Tewksbury High School Basketball Team, so I think it made sense that I was offered the job. After my senior year of high school, I decided to apply for the summer camp position, and based on the work experience I had in the field, I was offered a job in that program. So, I like to think that my hard work was what landed me this job, not my last name. All in all, I don't necessarily agree with what you posted, but that's okay! That is why we have this board in the first place. And while I've never had anything but compliments about the way I have treated the campers, parents, and counselors at our camps in the six years I have worked them, If you would like to submit a complaint I suggest contacting Mr. Lyons at 978-640-7831. Good Luck! - Matthew Rauseo (E not i for future reference)
Kerri Sweeney Eldredge June 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Marc, I am sorry that your loved ones were not hired for the summer camp positions. It is unfortunate when employers must decline well-qualified candidates a position, but that is life. I would encourage your loved ones to try again if they have their hearts set on a future position. Perhaps some related experience (paid or volunteer) will help improve their chances of getting hired next year. Employers recognize persistence and it can go a long way in showing how serious a potential candidate is. I wish them all the best in getting a job that they can enjoy this Summer; something that will give them meaningful experience. On the other hand, well written, Matthew. I'm happy that you were able to keep an even tone while being accused of getting a job based on nepotism. You defended yourself well, while citing the many reasons that demonstrate your qualifications for the job. It sounds like a good program. You'll know if you're doing a good job via the feedback from the kids and their parents. It's not easy to keep kids engaged in any single activity for 20 minutes, let alone having to change it up throughout the day to keep them focused. Those free times that are built into the day are important for everyone to rest, decompress, and socialize. I doubt that anyone is sitting around all day, being bored. If that were the case, the program would not be successful. Best wishes this summer for a fun, safe, and happy program. ~Kerri
Michael Iannacci June 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Well done Matt!
Scooter June 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM
I have two kids that applied to be part of the program. One was accepted and one was not. I reached out to John Lyons and inquired about the selection process. I received a very thoughtful and professional answer. Bottom line there were many more applicants than positions available. Simple as that. With regard to the program itself I've never heard my kids say they were bored and they always seemed to have fun. From what I've seen this is a well run program by people that care.
Marc June 27, 2014 at 01:04 PM
That's what John says to everyone Scooter. They use to do it based on numbers but this year, I did speak to a hire up and they did all the hiring of CIT's based on a rating scale from the counselors. That is why your 2nd child did not get the job he or she was not rated well. As for the kids being bored, I never said they complained. Why would they when they sit in front of a television most of the day playing video games, or playing their electronic devises. I have spent more then enough time at these camps over the past 16 years with my children to know exactly what they do. My child has a mild disability which the lead director knew about for 3 years while he taught my child and counseled him at camp. To turn and say they were not chosen because the counselors rated them based on his concentration for is illegal when he knows and it is documented that is exactly what his disability is. So forgive me if I am a little ticked off that the long time Tewksbury people stick together and help their own. So lets see, Matts mom and dad works for the town well not sure about the dad anymore, his brother and shall we get into the other camps with with the different families of 3's. or shall I keep going..

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