I have had my fair share of summers that are less than spectacular, but now I know the secret to having the best summer ever: camp counseling! Last summer was my first time working at a camp, and it was truly the best summer of my life. Even though I was hired on as part of the kitchen staff (which is totally fun and awesome, by the way!) I got to do my fair share of counseling as well as other fun camp activities.
I am happy to say that I have been hired back as a full-time counselor for this summer! While I’m waiting for the semester to finish I might as well share with you why being a camp counselor is the best way to spend your summer. 🙂
This post is in collaboration with Tori from toriinthousandoaks.com, another college blogger who works at a summer camp. Camp culture is something you can’t really explain unless you’ve experienced it, so there is an instant bond between camp people! The two of us are bringing you 10 reasons why YOU should be a camp counselor for the summer!
1. You will definitely get a good tan
Listen, I had never been tan in my life until I worked at a camp. If I can tan, anybody can! Especially if you’re a lifeguard, you will be leaving camp at the end of the summer with a bronze glow as a souvenir of all the wonderful times you had outside! Being outside and running around with your campers is a sure way to soak up some rays. Just make sure to bring sunscreen and aloe, because you will get burned too. 🙂
2. You get to learn some parenting skills years before you have kids
Most of the time, campers are pretty well-behaved, but you will definitely be working on having patience with kids! Every now and then there will be a camper who acts out severely, and you will of course have to deal with them in an appropriate way. But besides that, you will be learning how to keep kids engaged, how to listen to them, how to have fun with them, and how to be instructive. Maybe your campers will teach you a thing or two as well!
3. Being crazy and outgoing is practically part of the job description
I often find that when I am with campers I am a completely different person than I am outside of camp. Even though I’m generally more reserved, I completely let loose while I’m counseling. The excitement and energy from the campers is contagious, and they will love you for being funny and outgoing! As a counselor, you are responsible for bringing the enthusiasm to your cabin, so go crazy!
4. The food is really good!
Um, yes! The meals we have at my camp are often one of the highlights of the campers whole time at camp. Not to mention you will have some great bonding time with your campers over meals while you share funny stories. Don’t forget the constant s’mores, popcorn, and candy that we snack on all week. I even sneak some late-night cookie dough into my cabins sometimes!
5. You get to have an impact on young lives
It never ceases to amaze me how close all the campers grow with each other and with their counselors. In a camp atmosphere, relationships are often hyper-accelerated, so you are sure to meet people that you feel like you’ve known forever. Not to mention, the campers often feel like they can open up to their counselors easily, so you will surely have a positive impact on their lives!
In actuality there are a million reasons why you should consider being a camp counselor this summer, but I hope this list helped peak you interest. If you have any questions about camp life or you have a crazy camp story to tell, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’d love to hear it!
Don’t forget to head on over to Tori’s Blog, Tori in Thousand Oaks, to find out the other 5 reasons why you should be a camp counselor.