Why Work at Summer Camp?
Ever thought about signing up your teenager to be a Leader in Training (LIT)? Or encouraging your college student to apply for a counselor position? Summer camp has many benefits, even for older kids and young adults. Mainly because working at camp gives adolescents great experience!
As LITs, counselors and instructors, kids still get to have fun at summer camp. They also develop leadership and facilitation skills at the same time. Teens deepen their sense of responsibility and learn about having a job without giving up all of their summer fun. It’s a win-win partnership!
Working at a high quality camp builds resources for the future, whether the job is volunteer or paid. Teens earn community service hours in volunteer positions (like LIT), which may qualify them for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Paid jobs build savings. Either way, they gain access to a network of support in the enrichment field and also lay the foundation for leadership positions.
Who Recommends Working at Summer Camp?
Dr. Jessa Miller, recent graduate and future surgeon, explains how working at camp helped her develop career skills. She gives details in her article How Being a Camp Counselor Made Me a Better Medical Student*. Dr. Miller learned how to have empathy at camp. She got used to staying calm in stressful situations at camp. She benefitted from learning to take time to laugh when telling jokes and goofing off at camp, because even doctors need to have fun sometimes!
CEO Jenn Bender gives step by step instructions for explaining the benefits of working at summer camp in her article Camp Belongs on Your Resume: Highlighting the Professional Development Value of Working at Camp. Most importantly, she spells out how this work develops a common set of skills that is valued across all different industries. Skills like collaboration, adaptability, problem solving, communication, dedication and taking on challenges are important no matter what field you work in as a grown-up.
So next time you’re planning summer, recommend your teens send their resumes to camp!
*Thanks to Jason Mellet of CampsWithFriends for re-posting this article.