10 Reasons You Should Date A Camp Counselor

10 Reasons You Should Date A Camp Counselor

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If you've ever found yourself dating someone who's spent many summers as a camp counselor, then boy you're in for a treat. Camp counselors are basically the bomb, and they make pretty great dates too. In case you needed to know why here are some reasons for you.

1. We're not high maintenance

If you've ever been to a summer camp before you know there's no time for 20-minute showers and a full face of makeup. Counselors especially may enjoy the luxury when they can but they know how to live without.

2. And we aren't dependent on our phone

If you actually have access to your phone or service for that matter it's not like you have time for it anyway when you're busy with campers. We can easily go a while without our phones and it won't be the end of the world.

3. We're good with kids AND parents

Campers are only half of the battle, you have to win the parents over to earn their trust enough to look after their babies. I promise your whole family is going to love us.

4. We can be professional and we can be a total goofball

You have to play both roles as a counselor. You have to be able to be a listening ear if campers approach you with red flag topics and you have to be able to make them laugh when they're done. That's a pretty cool talent if I do say so myself.

5. We don't panic easily

We have to learn to be calm, cool and collected even if things go wrong. I was told to be ducks on water; calm on the surface but paddling like crazy below.

6. We're spontaneous and quick thinkers

It's raining outside but campfire is tonight? Someone get a fan, streamers, and flashlights, we're moving it inside.

7. We're experts at tye dye

Tye dye is cool, tye dye is fun, tye dye will never ever go out of fashion, you can never have too much tye dye anything.

8. We can function on little sleep but also appreciate a good nap

Lol, there's no such thing as sleep as a camp counselor. When you doze off at night someone has to pee, one has a stomach ache, the other JUST WON'T GO TO SLEEP. Yet we still do it all over again the next day. But that doesn't mean we can't appreciate a solid nap and we'll totally understand when you need one.

9. They're prepared for ANYTHING

CPR and basic first aid are just two of the skills I've learned over the years. I also know how to start a fire without a lighter, cook just about anything over that fire, make a killer friendship bracelet and fit two weeks worth of gear in one suitcase.

10. We genuinely care about people

That's the whole reason we do what we do. No one signs up to be a camp counselor, a shoulder to cry on, a mentor, a leader and a friend if they didn't care.

I mean, come one now, why wouldn't you wanna date a camp counselor? Like I said, we're actually the bomb, awkward camp pictures, Dad jokes, little sleep, tye dye and all.

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An Open Letter To My Boyfriend's Mom

A simple thank you is not enough.
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Your son and I have been dating a while now and I just wanted to thank you for everything.

Wow, where do I start? Ever since the day your son brought me into your home you have shown me nothing but kindness. I have not one negative thought about you and I am truly thankful for that. I first and foremost want to thank you for welcoming me with open arms. There are horror stories of mothers resenting their son's girlfriends and I am blessed there is no resentment or harsh feelings.

Thank you for treating me like one of your children, with so much love but knowing exactly when to tease me.

Thank you for sticking up for me when your son teases me, even though I know it’s all in good fun it's always comforting knowing you have someone by your side.

Thank you for raising a man who respects women and knows how to take responsibility of mistakes and not a boy who is immature and doesn’t take responsibility.

Thank you for always including me in family affairs, I may not be blood family but you do everything you can to make sure I feel like I am.

Thank you for letting me make memories with your family.

There is nothing I value more in this world then memories with friends and family and I am thankful you want and are willing to include me in yours. I have so much to thank you for my thoughts keep running together.

The most important thing I have to thank you for is for trusting me with your son. I know how precious and valuable he is and I won't break his heart. I will do everything I can to make him happy. This means more than you could ever imagine and I promise I will never break your trust.

The second most important thing I must thank you for is for accepting me for who I am. Never have you ever wished I looked like another girl or acted like another girl. You simply love and care for me and that’s all I could ever ask. Every person in this world is a unique different person and understanding that means a lot.

The third most important thing I must thank you is teaching me how to one day in the future treat a potential girlfriend that I may interact with as a mother. I am not a mother, but I one day plan to be. If I ever have a son it is because of how you treated me that I am able to be a humble loving mother to this new face that could one day walk into my door. How you have treated me has taught me how I should one day be in the future and I thank you for that.

This may seem all over the place but that’s how my brain gets when I try and thank you for everything you have done for me. It’s all so much and even the little things are so important so I promise my scattered thoughts are all with good intentions and not meant to bombard you. I just want to get the idea across to you that you are important and special to me and everything you do does not go unnoticed.

Sincerely,

Your Son’s Girlfriend

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I’m The Kind Of Person Who Is Happiest When I'm In A Relationship, There Is Nothing Wrong With That

Please stop acting like there is.

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There seems to be this odd notion that it's not alright to be the kind of person that prefers being in a relationship to being single. Usually, when I mention to people that I tend to be the happiest when I'm in a relationship, I get met with, "Well. you aren't ready for one yet until you are happiest by yourself" or "That isn't good, you'll always be dependent on someone for happiness then" or even, "Well, if you can't make yourself happy, then you can't make anyone else happy either."

Allow me to clarify a few things here.

First of all, just because I am happiest when I am in a relationship does not mean that I am not happy when I am not in one. I am still capable of being happy outside of a relationship, and I am capable of making myself happy. Generally, on a day to day basis, I'm pretty happy.

The thing is, I'm just in love with love. Even just knowing that there is someone out there that cares so deeply about you that they want to spend a part of their life with you is incredible. To me, there's just no better feeling in the world than having someone that you can share your life with. Sure, coming home from work, making myself my favorite meal and watching some Netflix in bed by myself afterward would be a great way to end a day and would make me happy.

It would make me immeasurably happier, however, to come home from work around the same time as the girl I'm dating does, share stories of how our respective days went while cooking a meal together, and ending the night cuddling in bed watching Netflix together until we fall asleep. Nearly anything I can do by myself that will make me happy can be enhanced by having someone I love with me to share it with.

To counter another point, I am not, nor will I ever be, dependent on someone else to be happy.

As I've mentioned, I'm completely capable of being happy by myself; I'm simply happier when I'm in a relationship. I also tend to be happier than I am normally when I am listening to music and writing. Nobody would ever say that I'm dependent on listening to music and writing or that I shouldn't write a single letter or listen to a single note again until I learn to be even happier without them than I am with them.

I get that some people just like being single and think it's enjoyable. They don't like being tied down or committed to any one person. They like being able to go out and do whatever they want without having to think about anyone at home worrying about them. They don't want to put in the work of having to worry about someone else. I'm not that kind of person. I'll never be that kind of person.

I love being tied down and fully committed to one person, knowing that they are committed to me, as well.

I love having someone that I know cares and worries about me, and that knows I care and worry about them, too. I simply adore being in a relationship, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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