Instead, make your camper’s day come alive by making it as interactive and engaging as possible, regardless of their age. MAKES A DIFFERENCE There is a saying from our STARFISH values program, “To That One, I Made A Difference”.
Let your passion for children and camp shine through each and every activity, each and every day. As a counselor, you need to be aware and remember that although it may seem daunting and feel like you are fighting a loosing battle at times, your aim should always be to make a difference.
[Related: What You Can Take Away From Your Summer Job] 2. Among the woods and lakes, you might not find much Wi-Fi, but you’ll find plenty of nature just begging you to unplug and enjoy.
Surrounding yourself with the beauty of the great outdoors only helps with this.
Your campers deserve more than for you to take your frustration out on them.
No matter how you are feeling, how much sleep you’ve gotten or how frustrated you are with your co-counselor, never let that show. Even if you are having a bad day, learn to put on a mask in front of the campers and let them think of you as a superhero (it will make your day too)!Each summer at Watitoh, we are very lucky to help our oldest boys and girls campers transition from TICS and Waiters to counselors, welcome back many returning staff who already understand the power of being a camp counselor, and recruit new staff who only can imagine the journey ahead of them.Enjoy the article below sharing the benefits of being a camp counselor.We believe that internships and yes, even summer jobs, should provide meaningful experiences and accelerate you towards your career. Just think, your co-workers are some of the best, simply by them being there: they gave up their summer (just like you) to learn, grow, and impact others’ lives as well. After spending a summer at camp, you will surely find out some strengths and weaknesses for you to talk about in an interview, not to mention the crazy stories you can share 9. Not all of your co-workers will be elementary education majors. Now, our definitions of crazy may be different, but as a staff member for a camp, you get to participate in Wacky Wednesday, dress up crazy for skits, be the leader in the daily dance party, and genuinely show your campers how to have a good time. Whether you are leading other staff members or a handful of campers, you will be looked up to for direction and wisdom. You may not know how to deal with a situation with a camper, your co-counselor for the week might not be the most compatible with your sense of humor, and some days might seem like they drag on forever—is it lights out yet?!Regardless of what your major is and regardless of what your long term goals are, every career-driven girl should spend at least one summer working for a camp. There are so many benefits to working at a camp, including making a difference. In several conversations, she told us about helping a camper cope with her mother’s debilitating depression and comforting others whose parents were fighting or separating, about aiding 11- and 12-year-olds who were coming to terms with their sexuality, battling anorexia, confronting body fear. [Related: 5 Life Lessons Going to Summer Camp Taught Me] 6. You get to rock the colorful chacos all summer, ending the summer with an awesome (terrible? Life-long friendships are bound to develop as you live and work alongside other college kids for three solid months. In fact, you will meet a plethora of majors who have done the same thing you have: sought out a beyond-the-typical summer job. Believe it or not, the great outdoors can give you a sense of relaxation and recharge. However, it is moments like these where your true colors shine.Get to know your camper and their interests so that you can find ways to connect with them.Don’t forget to also tell them about your life (within reason!The counselor that makes a camper come back year after year. Here are my 12 characteristics of an effective camp counselor, and ones that I try and identify in our interview process. ENJOYS/PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING AT CAMP Being a camp counselor is meant to be a very enjoyable and rewarding summer job (although demanding and exhausting).You should only look to work at camp if you love children and intend on caring for them with your heart and believe in the ‘you get out what you put in’ philosophy.Make their summer the best ever and make them want to come back daily/weekly/yearly to be with you. So, just in case they are not getting enough support from home, at least you will make a difference and provide that to them. You have a beautiful smile so don’t forget to flash it as much as possible throughout the day.I know that you face battles of your own in your personal life (as we all do), and once you are on that camp property, you should leave all of it behind you.