A Day In The Life Of A Camp Counselor

A Day In The Life Of A Camp Counselor

Being a camp counselor is definitely not easy, but it's the most rewarding summer job.
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In my opinion, camp counselors are the absolute backbone for children's summer experience at any day or sleep away camp. If you've ever been a camp counselor, you know some of these things to be true each and every day.

Here's the reality of being a camp counselor for the summer:

1. Having to always be happy and peppy around campers even when you're in the worst mood ever.

2. Relying on a large ice coffee to help you during your 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. day.

3. You begin to feel sorry for everyone you gave a hard time with when you were younger.

4. You'll spend more time taking kids to the bathroom then at the activity you're doing.



5. Having to say everything in a high-pitched, excited and goofy way.

6. You've got your counselor strut down perfectly.

7. Your patience and sanity are constantly tested each day.

8. T-shirt and shorts tan lines all summer.

9. The other camp counselors are the only ones who understand your struggles and always there to relieve some stress.

10. At the end of the summer, you'll miss the little campers you had when it comes time to say goodbye.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

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6 Items On My Summer Bucket List

Summer comes only once a year around here, so how are you planning to make the best of it?

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I have to admit that after leaving Florida, adjusting to seasons took a while. The Michigan winters are unforgiving and it always seemed to me, that living in that climate is a choice. Texas Florida, South Carolina, no snow! But you get used to it's, slowly but surely through tears and a polar vortex or two.

Honestly, I feel like surviving through the winter makes you stronger. Digging your car out of the snow and shoveling your way to the front door. You build perseverance and arm strength.

It also meant that when the summer rolls in I can do anything. I anticipate the summers because if it's happening and it's outside then I'm up for it. This year I wanted to set some loose architecture around those three months to get the most out of them. I wanted to do more than just my usual routine and get out of my comfort zone. Here are some of my top priorities this summer!

Visit 5 coastal cities/states

The one thing I've missed most from the past few years is not visiting the beach enough. In Florida, any weekend can easily become a beach weekend, which I absolutely loved. Unfortunately, the experience isn't the same up here in the north. I want to visit some coastal cities and hot at least 5 states over the summer.

Take more photos

I've been toying with photography for a few years now and I've even done a couple of gigs. However, I don't go out shooting as consistently as I would like to develop the skill. The summer is a great time to take photos! The weather's more tolerable and the days are longer which means a larger variety of photo opportunities.

Write more

This has nothing to do with seasons or being outdoors but it's still something I'd like to focus on. It goes along with the consistency effort. It's hard to find material to write about sometimes and making it a consistent habit can take the fright out of it. Improving is always on the back of my mind so why not try and make a point of it this summer.

Take 3 camping trips

My most recent experience camping was at a music festival at the Double JJ Ranch. It was a great experience and it really showed me the different possibilities and styles of camping. I guess that's what happens when you have tens of thousands of people camping together, everyone has their own way of surviving in the forest. I want to see more parks and nature and camping foots the bill.

Get involved

Contributing to the community is something I've done off and on but now I want to get back to it. It's a great way to participate and keep up with the people and what's happening around you. Tons of services need volunteers and you never know you might end up with some free beer! At least that's what happened to me when I volunteered to a local bike race.

Show up for me

This one is harder but it's probably the most important one on the list. Self-care has been a hot topic lately, for good reason, because appreciating yourself is good obviously. But beyond the surface, it includes pursuing what you believe in and what matters to you.

Which sometimes, at least from my perspective, is where I tend to fall flat. So to turn that around I'll focus on showing up, not planning things to death or getting caught up in minutia. Just showing up and executing because up here, just like that and the summer's gone.

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