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Sure, you could waittables over the summer, or spend time in Target folding clothes, but what ifyou were to do something else? What if you could spend time in God’s greatcreation? What if you could develop and master new skills? What if you couldmake a difference in the lives of multiple children? Summer Camp provides allof that for you. Being a camp counselor is sure to provide you with arewarding, challenging, and educational summer that is practically perfect inevery way. Camp counselors are some of the most well-rounded individuals in theworld. Anyone who works as a summer camp counselor is sure to have a leg upinto their career of choice.
Here are 10 reasons why being a camp counselor is the best job you’ll ever have.
1. You’ll make friendships that will literally last a lifetime.
You’re living with 20 or more 20somethings in close proximity for three months. You’re bound to get close to some of them. Even if you don’t talk to them 24/7 once camp is over, you’ll have endless places to visit your new friends. Counselors at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake have visited many places outside of Michigan and outside of the United States including: Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Jersey, Maine, Ohio, Indiana, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Scotland, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Spain and many more!
2. With all those new friendships, you’ll unknowingly strengthen all of your relationship skills!
There’s bound to be some drama while you’re breathing the same air as 20 or more 20somethings, so be prepared to express yourself and listen to others! While some days may feel like the end of the world, you’ll come out stronger in the end! As one former counselor, Chris Bridgewater says “for even the worst memories made in community are better than the best made alone.”
3. Your connections with your peers and supervisors will open up endless possibilities.
All types of people go to camp and work for camp. You will likely run into someone who is interested in the same things you are, and you’ll be able to connect with them for future opportunities. Don’t underestimate the power of talking to new people about your interests and passions.
4. You’ll gain new skills you may have never thought possible!
Camp provides opportunities to try things you may not be able to try elsewhere. Learn how to facilitate high ropes, teach archery, sail, climb, lifeguard, canoe, fish and so much more!
5. You get to work with kids on a daily basis, which is probably the best thing ever!
Who doesn’t love watching kids love and grow, try new things and make new friends. Being able to connect with kids as a camp counselor is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever know. Even if you don’t remember the name of every single camper, they will remember you. You get to be their cool older sibling, crazy Auntie, silly teacher, and caring parent, all at the same time! It’s not a job to take lightly.
6. You’ll spend so much time in God’s creation, you’ll wonder why you’ve ever spent time anywhere else.
Being in the middle of the woods is a spiritual experience. Being that close to so many things created by God is a wonderful way to reconnect with your spiritual self. Be sure to take time to be present in the moment and reflect about your relationship with God.
7. You get to sing!
I mean, who hasn’t jammed out on the car ride to work or school! While it’s nice to rock out in the privacy of your own vehicle, wouldn’t you like to experience that pure unadulterated joy – All. The. Time? At camp, no one really cares what you sound like when you’re singing at the top of your lungs. As a counselor, you’re only cool if you’re singing without a care in the world!
8. See #7
but about dancing.
9. You get your housing and meals paid for basically all summer.
Not much is better than getting a good meal (that you don’t have to buy or cook!) for most of the summer. Let’s face it, feeding yourself is something none of us have really mastered at this point in our lives, and to not have to worry about that (or paying rent) for a few months really takes a load off!
10. It’s the most versatile job you’ll have on your resume.
You’ll have plenty of things on your resume to be proud of, but your camp counselor job will be the one with the most responsibilities under it. You could conceivably spend an entire interview talking about all the different jobs you did at camp. Don’t shy away from all the things being a camp counselor affords you. Wear the name proudly!
BONUS: You might meet the love of your life.
Okay, so this one is definitely not what you should be focusing on (camp is for the campers!), but you’re working with a bunch of people your age, who also love working outside, and also love working with kids. I mean, something is bound to happen. Multiple couples have met at camp and gotten married after. It’s not impossible! And even if it doesn’t work out, you’ll still definitely learn more about yourself and what you want out of a relationship.