Why working for a summer camp was the best decision I ever made.

By Abby Addleman

  1. I gained leadership skills and opportunities.

I was able to practice leading while still being around adultier adults that I could go to. I really grew through these experiences.

  1. Kids say the funniest things.

“I think we all learned a valuable lesson today.” “Is he your husband?” “You’re the second best counselor ever.” “You’re like 50 years old right?” “My mom says if I do that then I’ll die.” These were all things I actually heard come out of my campers’ mouths.

  1. Camp = crazy fun.

Where else can you run around in a tutu, dance like nobody’s watching, and smear mayo all over someone’s face?! Nowhere, I tell you, nowhere … except camp!

  1. Traveling

I lived in 10 different places this summer. I experienced inner-city life one week and the next I was shucking corn on a farm. At what other time in your life can you set aside a whole summer to experience so many different lifestyles?

  1. Host families

This is by far the best part of the traveling, and one might even argue the best part of camp. Each week you get to join a family and do life beside them. It’s not just a place to sleep; you truly become part of the family. I called them Mom and Dad all week (and still do) and gained some awesome little brothers and sisters.

  1. The sunsets

Sure you can watch the sun set anywhere in the world, but there’s something magical about it at camp. My fellow staff are the ones who taught me to appreciate the little things in life and look at the sunset as the magnificent work of art that it is.

  1. You get paid to be a kid.

Camp is the funnest (yes, funnest) place on earth, and you get paid to be there! It’s the best job ever, and I would absolutely do it for free, except I don’t have to.

  1. The dance parties

See number 3. But seriously, I love to dance, and I get to do it every single day at camp! Watching the campers jam out to God’s Not Dead and other Christian hype songs is just the coolest thing ever.

  1. Networking

You get to work with approximately 10 different churches and multiple volunteers/host families at each church. This means countless opportunities to network! Whether you want to work in a church, as an athletic trainer, as a teacher or even overseas, I can guarantee that the people you meet this summer will have some connections.

  1. You get to experience God.

This is by far the most important thing on this list. At camp you learn to see God everywhere in every situation in life. You learn to set aside time just to study His word. You experience God like you never have before, and I promise it’s life changing.

Like I said, working for a summer camp was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I know it will be for you too. Say “YES” to God and “YES” to camp this summer! You won’t regret it.

Posted: 03/07/17

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