Being back to work at a lovely camp in Northern Michigan is a pleasure. Living in a cabin with kids and imparting my life experiences to them is an indescribable feeling.The kids have only been here for four days, but it already feels like a life time. The bond made at camp is unlike any other friendship. But, don’t let anyone try to tell you that working at a summer camp is a slack off kind of job. It is great fun, but at the same time you invest a lot of time and energy into these children.
I am not saying this in a negative way. All of the activities done, friends made, and time spent together makes the summer extremely memorable for these kids. But not only are the memories made, but lessons are learned, giving these kids an additional “growing-up” experience. I have become so close with many of the campers and staff here that each year it becomes harder to leave this beautiful place.
The staff here is amazing! From the cabin counselors, to the administration, to the kitchen staff everyone has a story to tell. This year we have staff from all over the US (Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Florida, and more!), Scotland, England, Hungary, Slovakia, and Australia – this is also a great opportunity for people to travel to America. There are programs like Camp America that set up these opportunities for potential counselors. Although as a foreign staff member you don’t make a lot of money, the opportunity to travel is great. Many of the staff here travel for weeks after camp is finished (Check out Jodi’s travel blog about her travels after camp — The Little Backpacker).
Through out the summer, not only do I have an impact on these kids, but they also have an impact on me. I have changed for the better since coming here, and I see camp having the same positive effect on others year after year. The bond with the other staff is very noteworthy. Like I mentioned before, the summer camp bond is a bond like no other. I have gone for months without seeing some of these people, yet when we are back together it seems like no time passed at all.
So, if you are looking for a simple way to kick off your own travels, consider applying for a summer camp. You won’t regret it!!