What Will I Do at Camp?
Every day at camp is different – that’s one of the many beauties of it. But every day at camp is going to involve being outside in nature, surrounded by energetic and excited campers. It can be intense and full-on so it’s important you’re motivated and prepared for that, but that’s what makes the experience so wholesome. With no phones or TV to distract people from one another, real connections are made and friendships blossom.
You’re rarely alone at camp – from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, and when you sleep too. General counselors usually share a dorm with a small group of campers that they’re responsible for, with at least one more colleague. Counselors with a specialist skill may share just with other counselors.
There’s a week of training before campers arrive – this is the perfect time to lay the foundations of future teamwork and success with your fellow counselors, as well as an opportunity to get to know each other and make friends. Because once the campers arrive, your focus as a role model is to be responsible whilst making sure the campers are all having a great time.
Most of your days will involve outdoor activities – of course this can vary significantly depending on the camp you’re in. Some are a lot smaller and may have less resources, whereas others are huge with lots of facilities, we’ll do our best to find one that suits you. Just think, if children enjoy doing it, then you’ll most likely end up doing it at some point or other. With the one exception being glued to a screen.
There are two types of counselors at camp – a general counselor does a bit of everything and usually sticks with one group of campers throughout. They have more responsibility over the campers and must guide them through their days, from having their breakfast and brushing their teeth in the morning, to getting ready for bed in the evening. Specialist counselors will stick to their speciality for most of the day, and do so with different groups of campers. Below is a list of possible specialites:
Lifeguarding / Football Coaching / Pottery / Dancing / Drama / Photography / Rock Climbing / Playing Guitar / Horse Riding / Gardening / Painting / Fishing / Kayaking
If you don’t have a specialist skill, don’t worry – you’ll have the chance to do a little bit of everything as a general counselor. But if there is something you’re passionate about and experienced in, camps want to know.