Star gazing, making doughnuts over a camp fire, and handing out hundreds of popsicles in a 4th of July parade...
There are so many things that I have experienced for the first time because of Camp America. From making s'mores, and shopping at Walmart to belaying rock climbers and being responsible for 16, 8 year olds to go to bed. I was 18 the first time I went to summer camp and I had never been on a plane let alone travelled internationally by myself. It was also at camp that I worked with and was responsible for campers with special needs for the first time. It was far less scary and much more rewarding than I had imagined.
Some of my closest friends are people I met at camp, amongst them are other Camp America participants. Star gazing, making doughnuts over a camp fire, and handing out hundreds of popsicles in a 4th of July parade are just a few of my favourite memories with fellow camp staff.
I can honestly say that Camp America deeply changed my life. Last year I went for my 4th summer and I wish I was going again. There is something about camp that brings out the best in me and it is one of the places where I have grown as a person the most. I have found being a Camp Counselor to be one of the hardest jobs I've ever had but without a doubt also the most rewarding. Being in America, camp life, making friends and travelling afterwards are all great fun but for me time spent with campers has been the most meaningful. Know that you can create amazing camp memories and that your words of encouragement can be something a camper remembers forever.