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Colorado shooting suspect worked for a summer as counselor at camp above Glendale

James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, worked for the summer of 2008 as a cabin counselor at a Los Angeles summer camp -- Camp Max Straus.

Camp Max Straus, founded in 1938 in the hills above Glendale, is a nonsectarian program for underprivileged children ages 7-14, run by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles.

In a statement to The Times, Randy Schwab, chief executive of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and director of Camp Max Straus, wrote that Holmes was responsible for “the care and guidance of a group of approximately 10 children."

“His role was to insure that these children had a wonderful camp experience by helping them learn confidence, self-esteem and how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes. These skills are learned through activities such as archery, horseback riding, swimming, art, sports and high ropes course.”

-- Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times 

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