North Star Camp for Boys

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Staff Spotlight - Ben Rubin

Hi, my name is Ben Rubin and I am currently a Junior at Highland Park High School. With ACTs, college visits, and other standardized tests, this has been a pretty busy year for me. At school, I am involved in Congressional Debate, DECA, and my school's robotics team. [Side note addition: I placed first Internationally in DECA and first in Illinois in robotics. I don't know if that should be thrown in there or not.]

This will be my seventh summer at camp and my first one on staff.  As a camper, I spent the majority of my time windsurfing and sailing, which I hope to teach at camp. Additionally, I will be working on the camper musical. I am very excited to be a CIT this summer!

More about Ben

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three things you'd bring?
- I'd like to think that I would be practical and bring a boat, water, and a machete so I could survive, but in reality I would probably bring trivial items like a phone, a sleeping bag, and a change of clothes.

Favorite special program at camp
- Espionage

Your favorite TV or movie character
- Batman (Christian Bale, not any of the ones from the 80s or Ben Affleck)

Your best memory of camp.
- College Days last year. Go Slippery Rocks!

What would you choose for your last meal?
- Once again, I would like to think that I would choose something classy like steak, but it would
probably be pizza or bacon.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
- The Mantis Shrimp. Hands down the coolest animal. Ever.

Your two favorite books
- Looking for Alaska by John Green and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

A secret hobby or skill that you have?
- I am very good at Indian Leg Wrestling.

How has camp impacted you?
- Camp made me a much more independent and responsible person. I feel that I have learned how to handle difficult and challenging situations and I have made several lifelong friends.