10 Life Lessons I Learned From Being a Camp Counselor

10 Life Lessons I Learned From Being a Camp Counselor

It's one of the most rewarding jobs you can have.
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For anyone who has ever been a camp counselor, you know how much it changes your life. For anyone considering it, I urge you to do it. You'll have the opportunity to change lives, relive the best aspects of childhood, and you'll learn a lot about yourself and those around you. Here are ten lessons I have learned from my time as a summer camp counselor:

1. Be flexible.

At both camp and in life, things may not go as anticipated. It's always good to have a backup plan, or at the very least, it's good to be able to laugh it off.

2. Give new things a chance (and if you didn't like it the first time, give it a second chance).

You may have not liked a certain food, activity, or even a person at first, but it's all worth a second shot. Don't call it quits on something or someone from one experience - you may really like it the second time around.

3. You get out what you put in.

People will tell you this all the time, but it's absolutely true. Even if you start out faking a smile, you'll usually find out that your smile is completely genuine in the end. Go the extra mile and it will come back to you.

4. Teamwork makes all the difference.

Being a camp counselor is a hard and stressful job. Whether it comes to getting your campers to go to sleep or creating a new game to keep people entertained on a rainy day, it's a much easier job to work with people rather than doing it alone.

5. Getting enough sleep is incredibly important.

It makes or breaks your entire day. I know it's hard, but set aside time to take a nap when you have a break or forfeit a night of hanging out with your friends. You'll have a lot more patience (and fun) when you're well rested.

6. You can learn a lot from kids.

Sometimes, kids can say incredibly deep, thoughtful, and poignant things. Don't dismiss someone just because they're younger than you; sometimes, the youngest ones are the most insightful.

7. Don't take yourself too seriously.

Let yourself relive the excitement of being a kid. Don't think of being a camp counselor as "work." Instead, look as it as an opportunity to go to camp and have a good time while making a little money.

8. Getting dirty isn't always a bad thing.

Learn to embrace the pool hair, the sweat, and the dirt. Accept being covered in sunscreen, bug spray, and paint. It's actually pretty refreshing to not have to worry about putting on makeup or looking your best every single day.

9. Pushing yourself pays off.

Being a camp counselor is by no means an easy job. It's stressful, tiring, and can be pretty tough. But when you push through, you'll realize that all the hard work is really rewarding.

10. Work can be fun.

Sometimes, you'll be amazed that you get paid to be at camp and hanging out with kids all day. Letting yourself loosen up, open your mind, kick back and relax, and have fun is one of the best things that I learned from being a counselor.


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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why I Make Time To Work Out

Something about working out just always makes me feel good.

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When I first started college, I worked out about three times a week and I felt awesome. When I transferred, I kind of stopped working out in the summer because I had too much to do or because I simply just didn't want too. Looking back on this, I wish I would have told myself to work out even when I didn't feel like it because it just gives me a happy feeling of accomplishment.

The first semester of my sophomore year, I actually signed up for fitness classes at my school gym and attended HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) on Tuesday's and Thursday's. I eventually got to busy with school work, and school is my number one priority. I did not sign up for these classes during the second semester, although I should have. Signing up for those classes made me want to attend and work out. It gives you a little push, which we all need once and then. I now try to balance school and working out. After a workout, I just feel good. You get that sweat session in and bam, it's like you're a whole new person. At least, that's how I feel. Even if I have to force myself to go, I will. I do this because I know how good I will feel afterward and the pay off I will feel for getting to the gym. I have also noticed that when I do workout, my mental health just feels better, I feel happier and joyful, especially when I start making it a routine.

Once you get a routine down, it just becomes like second nature to you. Usually, when I don't go to the gym, I feel out of my normal routine. I hate messing up a routine when I have one. Working out just helps me feel happier, motivated, and just all around better.

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