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In the midst of my hectic summer camp session, I received a care package.

I opened it up, and it was a small thank you gift from my school.  My school found out that I was planning to spend my summer working at a camp through one of the programs I attend during the school year.  To congratulate me for my service to youth they generously sent me a small gift.

In the picture above is everything from the package, while I love everything I received my favorite part would be the letters. I am going to be honest, I am beyond stressed. My job duties include preparing crafts, badge work, cooking in the kitchen and mentoring the volunteer’s for nine straight weeks. It is not easy, but totally worth it.  But in the thick of the camp craziness, I lost sight of what truly matters at camp: taking my passion and sharing it with my campers.

After reading  the letters, all the weight of stress was lifted off my shoulders. Before I talk about it let me read you part of the letter…

We know that you are working HARD this summer.

We know that every day is packed with challenges and activities that call upon every ounce of maturity, dedication, and perseverance you possess.

We know that you are not being rewarded with financial gain or fame.

We hope that you are being richly awarded with new friendships, transforming experiences and the knowledge that you are making the difference in the lives of young people.

So here is my confession:

I got so worried about being the best and caught up in the drama and the behind the scenes of camp that I forgot the most important part of my job… To be an inspiration and mentor to the campers.  Everything that was said in the letter was true and it helped me understand why I was feeling the way I was and formulate my thinking into words. So tomorrow is a brand new day and with this I am going to set 5 goals for my self to follow for the rest of the summer.

  1. Take a step away from the planning the upcoming days and go out and sing songs or join in the games with the campers. Have fun with your job, you deserve it.
  2. When you walk on to camp, leave all the gossip and nonsense behind. Heck, try to avoid it at all costs.
  3. Never loose sight of what the purpose of camp is: to build courage, confidence and character in the campers.
  4. This is your 5th year at this camp. So many of your summer memories originated from this place, be sure to share the magic with in the camp. Your heart belongs here and you have a connection, thats why you always come back.
  5. If you are ever stressed out again, read the letters you were sent. I promise you, it will remind you of what your purpose is for.

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Camp Counselor Confession
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6 thoughts on “Camp Counselor Confession

  • July 8, 2015 at 7:25 am
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    I am currently working at a summer program that I feel is probably similar to what you are doing. It sometimes seems like a thankless job and it can get tough, but I realized that even when I have bad days and even go home needing to cry, what is really is the best is getting to work with the kids and spend time with friends. It may be a lot of work but I think that remembering my reason for being there in the first place is one of the best things I can do to try and get through it. Thank you for your post which makes me feel more reassured with my own new goals. Also, that care package is so cute!

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  • July 8, 2015 at 2:32 pm
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    Love this! Summer camp was one of the highlights of my summer every year as a kid- remind yourself you are doing an important work in these kid’s lives!

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  • July 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm
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    Being a camp counselor is SO hard, but also such great preparation for the next phase of life. The independence, responsibility, compassion, level-headedness, creativity, sense of adventure, etc…that is required and cultivated through this process will serve you for a lifetime!

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  • July 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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    That is so awesome of you, and so sweet of them to send you a little care package! I know how much words of encouragement can strengthen someone, so that’s great that they included that in there! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer and are able to share your light with others!

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  • July 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm
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    Not everyone would give up their summer to spend with other peoples’ kids. Good for you! Enjoy it. At 35 I still have fond memories from summer camp. 🙂

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  • July 9, 2015 at 12:04 am
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    Aww, it’s easy to get caught up in the drama ANYWHERE! Just keep your eyes on what’s really important and why you’re there! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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