the power of camp (as a camper + counselor)

I get all types of varied reactions when I tell people that my summer job is working at a day camp. For those who went to camp, they realize how great it can be and are ecstatic. Other people ask, wouldn’t you be better off with an internship?

A few days ago I read this NY Times article on why being a camp counselor teaches you more than interning does. I think everyone in the camp world would agree, but  I’d like to add my own thoughts to this because camp has been a large part of my life for the past 15 years.

As a young child, I was extremely shy, hesitant, and  scared of anything unfamiliar. My mom loves to tell me that I cried every morning for the first two years that I went to camp, and only went thanks to some extremely dedicated counselors. Continue reading