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Summer camp counselor

May - August 2018 • Beckley, WV

What I liked

EVERYTHING!!! Best experience of my life!!!

What I wish was different

Better pay

Advice

Make sure to learn how to get up early. Bring your own car.
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Program Specialist

June - August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Gave a lot of flexibility to make your own program and tweak what they already have in order to create a better experience for the kids

What I wish was different

Whenever you have a set curriculum, make a checklist and check that checklist 10 min before the lesson starts.

Advice

Make sure your whole team is on the same page right before you start, as well as about a day before.
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Assistant Program Director

June 2017 • Pipersville, PA

What I liked

Interacting in the outdoors is something that I have always loved as a kid but unfortunately growing up in New York City I don't have much access to enjoy nature. Going to this camp is literally a breath of fresh air, being able to look at the stars overnight, meeting new staff and thousands of campers and being a mentor to them is very rewarding in of itself.

What I wish was different

I wish that I lived closer to the camp because of how much i love the community and my friends I made at this camp. I love spending my summer there and can't imagine doing anything else during my time.

Advice

One piece of advice that I would share about my experience is that you have to keep an open mind. This experience when first told about doesn't seem to be "the best". Nobody really enjoys camping nowadays, especially in the woods of Pennsylvania for the entire summer, however the friends you make, the memories you share, it is incomparable.
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Shooting Sports Director

June - August 2019 • Saint Cloud, WI

What I liked

I love the job have been doing it for 5 years its a close knit family the way it is.

What I wish was different

Nothing really can't change the people that work there

Advice

Get out of your bubble do what is new to you.
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Shooting Sports Instructor

May - August 2019 • Huntsville, UT

What I liked

Such energy and excitement from young kids towards what I was teaching them. Also the many compliments I received from parents and leaders about provided a fun and enjoyable experience while keeping the kids in order and in a safe environment.

What I wish was different

Many 12 hour days, 6 days a week.

Advice

It's a great way to get a taste of some of the joys of teaching in a fun environment.
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Consultant

June - July 2019 • Philmont, NM

What I liked

Outdoors in a expertise that I have about outdoor recreation, history, mining and geology

What I wish was different

Stay longer, been able to accomplish more projects

Advice

That's there is a lot of travel and difficult work involved.
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Rock Climbing Instructor

July - August 2019 • Glen Jean, WV

What I liked

I got to meet fellow scouts from around the world who shared the same passions as me

What I wish was different

I wish it didn’t cost as much, it was a volunteer position that I paid to go to

Advice

As the Boy Scout motto says... “Be Prepared”
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Nature

June - August 2019 • Holmen, WI

What I liked

Fun job, outdoors all the time, teaching children and young adults

What I wish was different

Higher pay

Advice

It's a really cool experience for first and second year students because a lot of things you teach are things you learn in some of the natural resources classes
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Business Manager

May - August 2019 • Farmington, PA

What I liked

I absolutely loved getting to work with both scouts & scoutmasters, & getting to be a part of the experience that made their summer so wonderful. It was honestly life changing.

What I wish was different

Advice

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LDS/BSA Relations Expert

August - December 2018 • Portland, OR

What I liked

I loved the area as well as having the opportunity to visit a few of the properties and enjoy what they had to offer. I also got to talk with many people who had different ideas about how things should run and how the council should be involved in the LDS transition.

What I wish was different

Advice

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STEM Counselor

June - August 2018 • Farmington, MO

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Boy Scout Camp has a surprising amount of drama. You don't do it for the money, you do it for the people and the connections.
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First Year Camper Area Director

June - July 2018 • White Oak, NC

What I liked

The flexibility to run my program as I saw fit.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Camp Counselor

June - August 2018 • Snohomish, WA

What I liked

Fantastic work environment; friendly people willing and able to work together and teach effectively.

What I wish was different

I was put in a Director role right away; I would've liked more time to understand the operation of the camp before I was expected to lead it.

Advice

Go into this expecting it to define your summer. You'll meet good friends and good people. Just don't think of it as a "job" - you'll be dissapointed.
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Summer Camp Instructor

June - August 2018 • Bethel, NY

What I liked

I loved that I could teach kids Aquatics, Climbing, and welding merit badges. I love the camp it is the best place in the world. The staff was amazing.

What I wish was different

Better food.

Advice

Summer Camps are an amazing place to be yourself and get paid for doing it unlike other places, do it once and it’ll change your personality and make you more confident in everything you do.
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Program aide

June 2016 • Greenville, SC

What I liked

Working with children

What I wish was different

Advice

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Camp Director

June - July 2018 • Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA

What I liked

Got to give back to scouting and teach younger scouts important lessons.

What I wish was different

I wish the management could have been a little better because we had some issues during the summer.

Advice

It is always rewarding to build on something that you were in and watch how it effects others.
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2018 • Pleasant Lake, IN

What I liked

I loved being able to help scouts on their trail to Eagle.

What I wish was different

Nothing, that I can think of.

Advice

Always take care of yourself, long days can take a toll on your body. Get sleep.
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Summer Camp Nurse

June - August 2018 • Orange Park, FL

What I liked

I loved getting to know my campers and staff. We worked as a great team and I loved being there for people when they were injured or not feeling well at camp. I have made life long friends while working at camp.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more open communication from higher level managers. Sometimes events or tasks were unorganized due to a lack of explanations from higher administration.

Advice

I feel everyone should work at a summer camp at least one summer. You’re not going to get rich, but the friendships you make with staff, the interactions with campers and parents have made me a better person. I have worked at this same camp for 6 consecutive summers and I have been asked to return as an assistant camp director for the summer of 2019
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Camp Cook

May - August 2018 • Springville, UT

What I liked

The most beautiful office, good coworkers.

What I wish was different

Trying to keep everything up to health code is difficult when your kitchen is a few awnings.

Advice

Learning how to get teenage boys to respect you is a valuable career and life skill, don't underestimate its value.
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Kitchen Staff

June - August 2018 • Hoback Junction, WY

What I liked

I learned how to work in a kitchen that barley functioned, and I met a lot of great people.

What I wish was different

The pay. It would be nice to have my twelve hour days counted and not just eight by default.

Advice

Remember: whatever job you have, it could always be worse. So be grateful.
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