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International Workers are Filling the Void at One Northern Michigan Summer Camp

Camp Robin Hood in Freedom, N.H., was one of the few around the country to offer a summer sleepover camp. This fall, it's offering a program where students can live and attend classes remotely.
Camp Robin Hood in Freedom, N.H., was one of the few around the country to offer a summer sleepover camp. This fall, it's offering a program where students can live and attend classes remotely.

Experts said campers are registering for summer camp, but in some cases, they have had to reach out internationally to fill staff positions.

Ricky Wright, Executive Director at Mystic Lake YMCA in Clare County said they have brought in staff from Columbia, Mexico, and Poland.

He said camp numbers are up compared to last year.

“We have been successful recruiting program staff as well as our support staff, kitchen, maintenance. Our enrollments are tracking they're on par to meet our budget goal this year.”

Wright said he expects camper enrollments this year to increase 10 to 20 percent over last year.

“So, we are bringing in staff from other countries to help fill some of our open positions and that’s been... I think we got 4 or 5 international staff from Columbia, Mexico, Poland, and I think that’s going to help fill some of those voids we may have fallen short on.”