Most campers have so much fun at summer camp and learn such valuable lessons they want to come back and do it all over as a camp counselor. Although being a counselor is a much different experience than being a camper, the summercamp experience teaches kids and teens alike how to become better leaders, more self confident and self aware, independent, and more caring and giving toward others. The rewards gained at summer camp are assets needed to be an effective summer camp counselor.
Camp counselors relate to campers
Just like recovering addicts relate better to other recovering addicts rather than to those who haven’t been there, so too do summer campers. When campers face a hard situation like a conflict with another camper or difficulty with a social situation or learning a new skill they want someone who can resonate with them and understand what they’re going through. Counselors have usually been in the exact situation and can offer a safe and nurturing environment.
Camp counselors know how to get along with others
Summer camp counselors don’t have to be best friends but to ensure things go smoothly, they need to get along. If not, campers will pick up on it. Counselors also need to learn to get along with all types of campers and treat them all the same; the ones they don’t “like” and the ones they do. Counselors most likely learned how to get along with others, how to work with different personalities and how to problem-solve at summer camp.
Camp counselors know how to make campers feel at ease
Camp counselors who have been summer campers know how to communicate effectively and know how to motivate others. They understand the importance of making campers feel at ease by learning each camper’s name and personality and spending one-on-one time with each one to make them feel accepted and important.
If you have a son or daughter who loves summer camp, encourage them to become a camp counselor. While it’s hard work, camp counseling is a rewarding and transformative experience.
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