This summer is going to be my 5th year as a summer camp counselor and it has been one of the most rewarding and fun experiences of my life. I honestly feel like being a camp counselor is something that every person should experience at some point in their life because you learn so much about your self and so learn so many life experiences.
I could come up with a thousand reasons to convince you why you should be a camp counselor, but today, Delaney, and I are going to tell you 10 reasons why you should be a camp counselor this summer.
1. You are getting paid to play.
I find often during my job, that I forget that I am even working. I forget that I have a schedule and that I need to take breaks and clock out because I get so caught up in having so much fun and enjoying the moment. You can embrace your inner child and no one can say anything because hey- it’s your job.
Plus, who doesn’t love getting paid to do arts and crafts, sing songs, do skits, play games and be silly all day? As you can see from being a mermaid to being covered in slime, I embrace it all.
2. Wearing costumes is your work uniform.
Over the past few years I have become many different characters on dress-up days. I have been the Evil Queen from Snow White, a yellow Minion, Dory from Finding Nemo, Violet from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Pebbles from the Flintstones.. just to name a few. Instead of looking for business casual clothing for work- I look for props and clothing items that may complete my costume. Honestly, I would choose a tutu over a dress suit any day.
Sometimes I feel like the staff members enjoy dressing up than the campers. (A cute costume does call for a cute Instagram post, am I right?) On the days we wear costumes we have this big fashion show and we act out our characters it’s a huge deal and I love every second of it.
3. You get to spend time away from technology.
During the school year, I practically live on my phone and computer- as most college students do. I need to check my grades, respond to emails, communicate with my classmates and so on. I always look forward to summer camp because I can live in a bubble with out most technology. Your leadership and communication skills will soar which can help when it comes to interviews and talking with college staff and professors.
It is amazing how free you feel when you are not connected to your phone, mindlessly browsing through social media. It is a great time for me to form relationships with the campers or staff members that are right in front of us, which is something we seem to take advantage of these days. Also, it is a great time to enjoy the environment you are in. Whether you are in the great outdoors or on a beach, you can use this time to really take in the nature that surrounds you.
4. Every day brings new opportunities and challenges
At my camp we have a motto called, ‘Challenge by Choice,’ by being a camp counselor, so many opportunities present them self to you. You have the opportunity to be the one person in a child’s life who believes in them. There is no better feeling than when a camper hugs you at the end of the week and tells you what a difference you’ve made in their lives. You will notice that your campers leave a with a better sense of confidence and that you have grown with them too.
At camp, you have the opportunity to build true relationships, become a leader through inspiring others and try new things that you never thought you were going to do.
5.You’re Coworkers Become Your Family
If you are at residence camp, you are around your coworkers 24/7 and if you are at a day camp, you are around them for about 8 hours a day for 5 days a week. Either way, it is safe to say that after a few weeks, you have built strong camp memories. Your staff members become your family real quick. You cry together, laugh together, eat together, and sometimes fight together but at the end of the day, you will always love them.
By the end of the summer, it is safe to say that you have so many stories that start with, “This one time at camp…” and that is perfectly okay. You will find that during off-season, you are going to want to talk about it and fit it into as many conversations as you can.
Have you worked at a summer camp before? What is your favorite part?!