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August 29, 2015

3 Ways to Adjust when Your Summer Camp Job is Over for the Season

camppage-3waysstaffcanadjustwhencampendsYou’ve spent the summer wrangling children, cleaning up after them, tending to the homesick and pulling wayward arrows and pool noodles from places you never imagined they’d get stuck. And let’s be real – you’ve loved every second of your summer camp job. But as the leaves turn golden and all of your campers trudge from their cabins to the classrooms, you find yourself trying to adjust to the new season and new professional opportunities.

Keep in Touch with others from your Summer Camp Job via Phone, Email, and Social Media

While social media provides multi-sensory immediate gratification to sooth your nostalgia, there is something sacred about writing letters to camp friends. (It’s the same wave of sacredness that gives summer camp bunks that ancient and musky scent.) Sure, some say the olden days of postal stamps and handwritten letters are waning; but they’re probably the same ones who don’t appreciate the antiquated traditions of summer camp, either. With international staff it will certainly be more difficult to communicate by phone, but you might stay connected through Skype or email or, more creatively, a letter chain (like a Flat Stanley who gets sent from one member of the group to the next with photos from his trip).

Interact with Campers on Your Summer Camp’s Social Media to Continue Building Relationships

You have been a mentor, a coach, a friend and a disciplinarian over the past few months. Surely you’ll have developed a relationship with a few campers, and you’re not the only one struggling with change. Transition is hard on a kid (especially when you have algebra and an untouched summer reading list bearing down on you), and you can continue to support one another by staying in touch through social media. That being said, note the ramifications of your twelve-year-old campers seeing photos of you and Sven from the Alps resort, or a wild night in Palm Beach, so be responsible about how you include them in your social network. Perhaps you can offer your email address, or submit blog or email updates directly to the camp, so that nostalgic campers can read up on your adventures and contact you if they choose.

Don’t Forget You Can Return to Your Summer Camp Job Next Year

Summer is only three seasons away now and it will be time to hit the pool before you know it. Not to mention, summer camp jobs offer fabulous flexibility for other seasonal opportunities – ski instructor in the Rockies, a server at a resort in the Alps (with Sven), pretty much anything in Florida. Don’t let yourself be limited by melancholy, but turn your sites to the next adventure and keep in mind that tradition resides at the very core of camp. Your summer camp job will be there next year along with the campers, the cafeteria food, that sacred bunk musk, and a whole new set of adventures.

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