Skills I Learned as a Camp Counselor
Whether in fair or in dark stormy weather, it's Camp Tawonga to keep us together!
- •Comforting someone covered in something gross without being noticeably disgusted.At some point during their stay at camp, most kids find themselves covered in one or a combination of the following: mud, dirt, lakewater, blood, poop, pee, vomit, snot. Sometimes, they are upset about or during this, and want a hug. It's important to be able to deliver the hug without them sensing how grossed out you are.
- •Leading a group from one place to another.This is 75% of working at camp.
- •Instantly scanning a granola bar package for the words "contains traces of peanuts."If you can't do this, you better be quick on the draw with that epi pen.
- •A special soothing voice, reserved exclusively for people who are homesick.I dare you to not feel better after hearing it.
- •So many name games.Additionally, the ability to rhyme even the weirdest names with something fun.
- •Effectively putting bug spray on a moving person without getting it in their eyes (or my own).
- •Leading a serious group talk.Letting you know I know you snuck out of the bunk last night without saying as much. Talking a lot about "responsibility."
- •Speaking confidently about something I know nothing about.
- •Applying sunscreen to a moving person who would prefer not to wear it, without making them too angry about it.
- •Changing the lyrics of pop songs to make them into a spirited cheer.
- •Starting lanyards.4 strings max, though.
- •Convincing cranky hikers to keep going.
- •Making large quantities of PB&J (and sunbutter&J for the allergic kids) with nothing but a rock and a butter knife.