Five reasons why working at camp helps you in the real world

With summer camp on the horizon, I asked Head Counselor Caitlin Edwards to share with me how working at St. Paul’s Summer Camp has helped her prepare for the real world. Read her insight and learn more about our employment opportunities and Counselor In Training Program.

Maybe you need to earn money this summer or in search of an internship relevant to your field. Perhaps the sound of swimming and playing games all day sounds like a waste of time to your parents. If you ask me, there is no better way to spend the summer than at camp. Not only do you develop skills that look great on a resume, you’ll be better prepared for the real world. Here are five reasons why:

  1. You gain leadership skills

It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a leader or not, the moment campers arrive on campus you are their leader and a role model. They watch your every move. From teaching others hands-on, to learning when it is okay to step aside, camp will teach you a range of leadership skills.

  1. You learn to collaborate with others

You can’t make it at summer camp without your team. In a camp setting, you need all different personality types to be able to meet each and every child where they are. You learn that you cannot do it all on your own. You have to rely on others and work together to get the job done.

  1. You build communication skills

When you work at a summer camp you have to be able to communicate well with children, parents, coworkers, and superiors. The 5-minute conversation you have with a campers’ parent at drop off can leave a lasting impression.  Clear and effective communication skills are picked up quickly when dealing with camper safety and satisfaction.

  1. You learn to problem solve

At summer camp, we try to keep things scheduled and organized, but at the drop of a hat, plans change. Think about it… You are about to take 20 campers out on the ropes course when suddenly you hear a loud burst of thunder. You have to come up with a new plan in an instant.

  1. You develop a strong work ethic

Working with children is no joke. The days are long, busy and sometimes downright exhausting. But, all that hard work pays off when you see the difference you are making in a camper’s life. At summer camp, you work diligently to give your campers the best experience possible all while developing perseverance and stamina. 

The responsibilities, leadership opportunities, and real-life experiences you have at camp will last you a lifetime. Is it hard work? Yes. Is it fun? Most definitely. Are you up for the challenge? We sure hope you are.

Caitlin Edwards
St. Paul’s Summer Camp Head Counselor

Alicia Martin

Alicia Martin

Alicia began her career at St. Paul's in 2016, after having directed various summer camps around the country. She once camped out on the White House’s South Lawn with a group of Girls Scouts.

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