6 Signs You Should Work at a Summer Camp

By Brittany Loeffler on June 27, 2019

Working at a summer camp as a college student is one of the best summer jobs out there. Not only do you get paid, but you make lifelong friends and get to have a ton of fun during the summer. However, working at a summer camp isn’t a job for just anyone. There are certain skills and passions you should have that will make you a great summer camp counselor.

If you are debating whether or not to work at a summer camp this year, here are some signs that you would make a great counselor.

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You Enjoy the Outdoors

If you love spending time in the hot sun during the summer doing outdoor activities, then working at a summer camp may be the perfect job for you. Working at a summer camp means spending most of the day outside in nature. You could be hiking every day, working at the lake, or setting up field games for the kids. It’s a bonus sign if you love sitting around a bonfire singing campfire songs and telling ghost stories.

If spending all of your time outdoors sounds like your ideal summer vacation, you’d make a great summer camp counselor.

You Loved Summer Camp as a Kid

If you loved attending summer camp as a kid growing up, then you’ll love working at a summer camp even more. While being a kid and participating in the activities is fun, it’s even more fun when you are working at the camp setting up the activities and getting paid. Not only do you also get to participate in some of the activities, but camp counselors also get additional privileges that the camp attendees do not.

You Work Well in Teams

A lot of the work you will do as a summer camp counselor is done as a team. So, if you work really well in a team, then you’ll thrive when working at a summer camp. Even if you struggle a little to work well in a team environment, working at a summer camp will help you to work on those skills and become a better team player. With team building exercises, you’ll learn and enhance your skills to work with others on projects both big and small. These skills are essential when it comes to being in the workforce after graduation.

You Enjoy Meeting New People

There is no doubt that you will make a ton of new friends while working at a summer camp. If you are someone who loves to meet new people and build your relationships, then working at a summer camp is one of the best places to do it. You’ll become extremely close with your fellow camp counselors and almost feel like a family by the end of the summer. After spending so much time together and creating numerous memories, you’ll be sure to have a special bond with them that will create lifelong friends.

You Want to Inspire Kids

Part of being a camp counselor is working with kids. If you love to work with children and want to inspire them to become good people and love summer camp as much as you do, then being a camp counselor is a great way to do that. As a camp counselor, the kids will look up to you, so it’s a great chance to become a great role model and teach the kids how to be kind, polite, and good-natured. While it’s a big responsibility, it isn’t as hard or intimidating as it may sound. Just be yourself and the kids will pick up on your mannerisms and personality.

You Still Like to Have Fun

Even though being a camp counselor is considered a job, you still get to have a ton of fun. You will have a chance to participate in the activities that you set up for the kids, play games, sing campfire songs, and play pranks on fellow camp counselors. Being a summer camp, even if you are a counselor, will awaken your inner child and will make you want to have just as much fun as you did when you were a kid attending summer camp.

Should You Work at a Summer Camp?

If you have these skills and passions, you would probably make a great summer camp counselor. It is like being on summer vacation, but getting paid for it! You’ll spend a ton of time outdoors with new friends and you’ll be reminded of when you were a kid attending summer camp. Not only will you be making money, but you’ll be creating unforgettable memories with great people and learning skills that can transfer to your everyday life, especially after graduation.

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