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8 Reasons You Should Work at Camp

8 Reasons You Should Work at Camp

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 18:33

It is the job of camp counselors to ensure campers have positive camp experiences all around. Counselors are responsible for supervising groups of children, but they also look out for the health and well-being of those campers, and they must assist with the implementation of the daily camp programs.

When people think of working as a camp counselor, they may think about what a fun job it would be, but they may not realize that spending your summers as a camp counselor has many benefits beyond just being enjoyable. Camp counselors experience a tremendous amount of growth in a short period of time, and those who work at camp will develop skills they will use throughout their lives and careers.

Why Should You Work at Camp?

A job at camp is not a waste of time. Rather, it is an investment in your personal and professional growth. Here are some of the reasons working at camp is a worthwhile way to spend your summers:

1. Outdoor Work Environment

How many jobs allow you to spend the majority of your waking hours in the great outdoors? If you are someone who enjoys spending time in nature, camp will provide you with ample opportunity to do just that. In addition, you will likely be participating in and teaching activities such as hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and more.

During your time off, there’s a good chance you will be able to take advantage of the amazing facilities camp has to offer, such as hiking trails, lakes or ponds, and athletic facilities.

2. Room and Board Provided

When you take into account that camp jobs almost always include meals and lodging, working at camp can be a great way to save money. Even though other jobs, such as waiting tables or lifeguarding, may pay a higher hourly wage, you should consider the amount of money you will save by not having to buy groceries, go out to eat, or pay rent.

3. Develop Resume Building Skills

The skills built at camp will boost your resume and help you as you market yourself to potential employers. They translate well to every field and to everyday life. The following skills are just a few examples of those that camp counselors will develop:

  • Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking- Whether it’s dealing with a homesick child, keeping a group of eight-year-olds engaged while waiting for a storm to pass, or working with your cabin to come up with the best skit for the talent show, counselors must be able to think of their toes.
  • Conflict Resolution- As a counselor, you will be working closely with your peers. In this setting, conflict is inevitable, and you will learn how to best handle these issues when they arise and how to do so without negatively impacting the experience of the campers.
  • Communication- Communication is vital in any industry. A successful camp counselor is in constant communication with coworkers, supervisors, campers, and parents. They must be able to express themselves clearly, whether over the phone, by email, or in person.
  • Leadership- Counselors are responsible for ensuring a group of campers has the best experience possible. They serve as role models, mentors, activity leaders, and teachers.

4. Spiritual Growth 

When you work at a Christian camp, such as Tekoa Foothills, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to grow in your own walk with Christ. You will be surrounded by others who love God and by the beauty of God’s creation. Camp directors and leaders will spend time mentoring and discipling you as you mentor and disciple campers.

5. Lifelong Friendships

Your coworkers at camp will become some of your best friends. At camp, everyone, staff and campers alike, can be their best selves. Consequently, the friendships formed at camp are often the most genuine and fulfilling.

6. Training and Certifications

Job-specific training will typically be provided to staff before the season begins. Many of these trainings are beneficial outside of camp and may include:

  • Basic First Aid or Wilderness First Aid
  • Lifeguarding
  • Team Building
  • Leading devotions

7. Develop Independence

Camp allows you to become more independent because you will be away from home for an extended period of time and are responsible for the well-being of your campers. You must also learn to clean up after yourself, be accountable to your work schedule, be on time, be a good roommate, and do your own laundry (sorry, but mom is not around to do it for you).

8. Make an Impact

Perhaps the best reason for spending your summer at camp is the opportunity to make an impact on the campers you serve. You may teach them how to shoot a bow and arrow, stand beside them as they conquer their fear of heights, or tell them about Jesus.  Chances are, campers will remember their camp experiences for many years to come.

Want to learn more about working at Tekoa Foothills?

Foothills' summer employment opportunities are unlike any other. Our mission at Camp Tekoa Inc. is "Touching Hearts, Changing Lives, and Sharing the Light of Christ." Through fun programming and outdoor ministry, our staff is able to fulfill our mission and make a difference in many campers' lives.

As a staff member at Camp Tekoa Inc., you will gain a tremendous amount of leadership experience, explore and share your faith with campers of all ages, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. We encourage you to take the time to explore our website and contact us if you have any questions regarding our summer employment opportunities.