“Being a camp counselor is the best! It’s an awesome job with easy hours, you always get your weekends off; plus, you’re outside all day, you get to swim, and you’re constantly active,” said a returning YMCA camp counselor. “There truly is no other job that could be more ideal than this.”
The camp counselor job is not only fun, but also rewarding. Summer-camp counselors become better critical thinkers and leaders as they learn about responsibility, productivity, accountability and conflict resolution. By mentoring young children, counselors develop a sense of giving back.
Take it from some other YMCA camp counselors:
“I was able to help children have a great summer, while also having a fun time myself. It is amazing to have a job where I can spend time outside doing fun activities. Every day, I was excited to come into work and spend time with the campers; the relationships I made are a huge part of the reason why I am excited to come back to camp this summer.”
“As a camp counselor, you get the chance to learn some invaluable skills such as problem-solving, creativity and patience, while developing a solid work ethic. These skills are necessary for any other job out there. You also get the chance to meet some awesome people who will be working alongside you.”
“My favorite part of being a counselor is knowing I’m having an impact on the kids’ lives. Going to camp is something they’ll remember forever, and I’m glad I get to be a part of their good memories while making memories of my own.”
“You have the chance to give these kids the best summer of their lives. The most rewarding thing about being a counselor is, at the end of the day, watching your campers explain their day to their parents with the biggest smiles on their faces and knowing you helped them have this really awesome day.”
In order to become a summer camp counselor at the YMCA, you have to be at least 18 years old, preferably have experience working with groups of children, and must be able to lead groups of campers with enthusiasm, patience and respect.