"Whenever I send out a resume, I am skeptical about what the words “overnight camp counselor” might mean to the person reading it. What do people who have not gone to summer camp think my five summers as a counselor communicate about me? Do they find it silly I even included it? To me, it is one of the most significant pieces of my work history. It communicates that I am hard-working, adaptable, creative and independent. A problem solver who has had to deal with my fair share of stress. It says that having worked in a 24/7 environment, I can be “on” for extensive periods of time. That I am capable of managing my own needs and the needs of others, simultaneously. That I know how to be positive in the face of difficulty, and how to guide others through difficult situations. It says I can both lead and be a team player."
"Kids spend hours having fun at day camp, their summer schedules brimming with swimming, boating and aiming for that bull's-eye. Through all the laughs and memory-making, though, they're also getting something else: a boost to their social development. "Because there is so much social interaction, you see an acceleration of kids' friendship skills, conflict resolution skills, empathy and other social skills," says Christopher Thurber , a clinical psychologist and longtime camp employee and leadership adviser."
"After two harrowing years of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, any vestiges of normalcy had vanished from the everyday life of 7-year-old Brayden Norton-Henry and his mom, Brittney Hedetniemi. Chemotherapy had triggered a cascade of complications that included seizures, peripheral neuropathy, and systemic fungal infection and required months-long stays in the oncology unit, followed by marathon therapy sessions at outpatient clinics near their home in Florida."
"During my freshman year of college, I applied to work at a sleepaway camp in Maine somewhat impulsively. I went home to Virginia for winter break, and while I enjoyed getting to visit my family and friends, I found myself feeling bored toward the end of the two weeks. I quickly realized that I needed to find something to fill my time for the upcoming summer so I didn’t end up just sitting around and watching TV for two and a half months."
"As a result of Camp Middlesex's continued commitment to safety for our campers, Markel Insurance Company announced that 4-H Camp Middlesex has received the Safety First Award for our 2018 camping season. Markel Insurance Company is a nationwide summer camp insurer, and only a handful of camps in the nation win this award more than ten years in a row. Michael Swain, Senior Loss Control Specialist for Markel Specialty, stated, "Camps and clubs must meet stringent criteria to qualify for the Safety 1st designation."
"The instinct to keep your offspring safe is totally natural, but when that impulse crosses the line into overprotective parenting, nobody wins. If adults remove too many obstacles from their children’s paths, experts say, kids can have difficulty learning to manage themselves. For many parents, summer camp — especially overnight camp — ranks high on the list of fear-inducing activities. But camp is a terrific, safe place for kids to try out new things. “Risk taking is what promotes growth, whether in business or in life,” says Bud Copeland, director of membership and engagement at the American Camp Association’s New England chapter."
"If you thought summer camp was all about swimming and s’mores, you may be in for a surprise. Yes, having fun drives programming at most camps, but the underlying lessons are often about building interpersonal skills. Friendship is the very essence of summer camp.“As far as I’m concerned, it’s the most important work we can do — help each other communicate and be good people,” says Milisa Galazzi, former camp director and current adviser to the camp director at Brewster Day Camp on Cape Cod. “Friendship — making a friend or being a friend — is sort of shorthand for that.”