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Cashier

May - August 2018 • Islamorada, FL

What I liked

I loved the location and being able to get scuba certified in the Florida Keys.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Ecology and Conservation Director

June - August 2018 • Byram Township, NJ

What I liked

I've worked in this position for the past six summers, and the work schedule and overall environment is excellent. While we worked very long days, almost all of our working time was spent outdoors which is very healthy and supports a good working mentality

What I wish was different

The pay schedule can be somewhat confusing and is not consistently on time.

Advice

It takes a certain kind of person to spend two months away at a scout camp, but it is an excellent experience for anyone who is a lover of the outdoors.
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Interpreter

June - August 2018 • Northern, MN

What I liked

It was awesome to be fully immersed in my job and be living where I worked. I thought my leadership skills really blossomed and I made some unforgettable memories. The scenery up there is to die for.

What I wish was different

I wish I had done a better job of keeping in touch with people at home because I was gone for nine full weeks in the summer. I could have brought my laptop to aid in this but chose not to and ended up regretting it.

Advice

It can feel tedious since it is a little over a week, but if you pay attention during your training you will set yourself up for success the whole time you are at Northern Tier.
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Diercter

May - June 2018 • Beaver, UT

What I liked

Being out doors, uplifting youth, creating friendships, the managers and other directors where. Great to work with

What I wish was different

Had a bit more funding for equipment, was given a little more of a brake to get things done

Advice

If you don't know much about working for the BSA learn about them before you commit
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Lifeguard

May - August 2018 • Mount Hood, OR

What I liked

I loved helping the kids learn to swim or get better at swimming.

What I wish was different

More staff so that we weren't quite as stressed.

Advice

Learning how to do the job properly at the beginning saves a lot of time and effort later in the summer.
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Pool Lifeguard

June - July 2018 • Chimayo, NM

What I liked

I liked the hands on aspect of my job: I was keeping myself physically fit and getting a tan while having fun at the pool.

What I wish was different

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Summer camp staff

June - July 2018 • Gary City, TX

What I liked

The atmosphere was very welcoming, especially being female in a male dominant area.

What I wish was different

I wish that is had lasted longer through the summer.

Advice

Do what makes you happy, even if there's people telling you that you shouldn't because of gender, race, or any other factor.
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store clerk

May - August 2018 • Summerland Key, FL

What I liked

the location

What I wish was different

nothing

Advice

take risks
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ATV Assistant Director

June - August 2018 • Narrowsburg, NY

What I liked

Riding ATV's all summer

What I wish was different

Wish I was there longer

Advice

It was a great timw
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Leadership

June 2018 • Williamsburg, MI

What I liked

It's all about changing the lives of youth at our National Youth Leadership Training course. That, and the bond between my fellow staff members.

What I wish was different

That it would last longer than just the main course in the summer.

Advice

If you have the opportunity to take this course or any of its affiliates, do it.
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Assistant Manager

May - August 2018 • Ely, MN

What I liked

I enjoyed working with the people I met and learning about how the business was run.

What I wish was different

Management procedures were very loose and we often had conflicting instructions coming from multiple sources in upper management.

Advice

Wouldn’t recommend unless you are a work-a-Holic.
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Summer Camp Volunteer

June - July 2019 • Cumming, GA

What I liked

I am involved in Scouting year round as a leader. The summer camps allow me to work with kids all over the Forsyth county area and meet other leaders in different Packs. It is a great way to network and share ideas within the Scouting community but it is also beneficial to personal networking. All Scout leaders are volunteers and have a regular job that they work. I have met people from many industries. The camps are a lot of fun and I enjoy helping the kids learn new skills. My reward is watching their faces light up when they build a tool box by themselves, or when they hit the target with an arrow for the first time.

What I wish was different

Advice

Learn the BSA rules. They are in place to keep the kids and the volunteers safe. Talk to the other leaders and to the parents. You never know who you will meet or who you will impress. The most important advice is have fun!! Lord Bayden Powell said that Scouting is a "game with a purpose". This is a leadership program for kids and the best way to lead is by example. Sing the songs, dance the dances, and participate in the skits. Show the kids that new experiences don't have to be scary.
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