Benefits of Working at a Summer Camp
July 5, 2019 by Anya Eland

Camp Can-Aqua

Summer camp is a fun experience for kids to learn new skills, go on adventures and make lifelong summer memories. Those who work at camp can experience the same fun as campers do and gain a number of benefits that will help them in their daily lives and will benefit them in their personal growth. With summer arriving, many people are looking for a job. Some aren’t interested in working in fast food or a summer desk job because of all the sunshine and fun that summer has to offer. Why not think about working at a camp? Working with kids, being outdoors, building friendships, and having new adventures… it all sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?

If you find a job where you can do something you love, why not give it a try. Jordan Harrietha worked at Muskoka Woods Youth Resort as a camp counsellor and was able to implement her love of working with kids in her summer job at camp. “I love interacting with youth and being able to help them grow and see how they develop their skills. Being able to work in a camp setting gave me the opportunity to spend an extended period of time with kids and watch their skills develop. As opposed to spending a short amount of time with them and just starting to get to know them,” said Harrietha.

Working at a summer camp can be very beneficial in one’s personal growth. “I learned how to be an efficient leader, how to take initiative, take and receive feedback, and many other skills that I use in my everyday life,” said Ashley Hummelbrunner, who worked as a camp counsellor and team leader at Camp Health Hope & Happiness (Camp He Ho Ha) in Alberta. Many people who work at camp also learn to get out of their shell and do things they never saw themselves ever doing. Cassia Groenenberg worked at Pleasant Bay Camp as a camp counsellor and grew as a person through her time working at summer camp. “I learned how to communicate with others, develop relationships and push myself outside of my comfort zone,” said Gronenberg. “Camp provides opportunities to learn about yourself and develop leadership skills. I learned my limits, where I can push myself, what I can and can’t handle and that it’s okay to ask for help, said Tristyn Vaughan, who was a venturer offer of service for the 13th Bramalea Scout Group.

Another big part about working at a summer camp is teamwork and with that teamwork, friendships can be developed. “I’ve made friends that I will be friends with till I’m 70,” said Vaughan. When working with other staffers at summer camp, you rely on each other, learn how to communicate with each other and essentially, become a family. You can experience things together and relate to things that are incomparable outside of camp.

Learning about yourself watching your own self-growth has a number of benefits outside of camp and in your daily life. “It’s a chance to really learn about yourself as you usually go in not knowing many people, and really have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone to establish who you are while getting to know other people,” said Gronenberg. “I learned that I am capable of a lot more then I gave myself credit for, that I have many leadership qualities, that I am a hard worker, and many more things that have helped to shape the person I am today,” said Hummelbrunner.

Many people who work at summer camp have been campers before and that’s how an interest peaks. However, if you enjoy working with kids, learning new things but haven’t been to summer camp before, working at a summer camp is still a great option for your next summer job. A good tip many camp staffers suggest is to volunteer first and see if you really enjoy it.

When deciding what type of camp you’re interested in, specifically overnight or day camps, it all depends on your personal interests and how much time you want to spend with kids. “Some people prefer day camps where you’re with the children for a short amount of time, and others may prefer the overnight camps where you are there 24/7, but if you don’t like working with kids and getting to see things through their eyes then it might not be the job for you. If you do like those things, and enjoy acting like a kid at times, then having the experience of being a camp counsellor is definitely worth it,” said Harrietha. There are so many camps that offer different types of activities. Whatever type of camp you’re interested in, whether it is arts camp, traditional overnight camp, athletic camp etc., research about the camp and talk to people that have worked at camps before.

If you’re looking for a new adventure, want to experience new things, enjoy working with kids and making new friendships, working at a summer camp might just be the right thing for you.


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