​1. If you don’t have Chacos you will stick out…

You make fun of those Jesus-looking shoes all the time when you see it in normal life, but in the camp world they are everywhere. Get used to it and get a pair. Oh and while you are at it, buy something Patagonia.


2. You will become adventurous and like the outdoors…

Yes, it is your one day off for the session– but yes, you will use it to hike to a waterfall or mountain bike through the beautiful scenery around camp. Get ready for cliff jumping, hiking, and sleeping under the stars.


3.  You’ll meet most of your groomsmen and bridesmaids while working at camp…

Your co-workers will become your best friends for your lifetime. Once you work at camp you will find a community unlike anything you have ever seen. You bond with some of the coolest college kids in the nation over a love for children, the outdoors, and your Creator.


4. You may meet your husband or wife…

Or you will watch everyone meet their husband and wife. Okay, not everyone meets their future spouse at camp but with being surrounded by awesome young people your age who love God and children, you will see some great options. Although finding love isn’t your priority when coming to camp, you never know what can happen when you see future cute dads and motherly like figures.


5. You will cry at least once from just being exhausted…

But hey that was your fault when you threw the dance party for your cabin the night before. You are creating many memories, serving diligently, and continually forgetting you need to sleep.


6. ENOing will become your new favorite action verb…

You will try to hang your hammock anywhere possible. When you leave camp you will find yourself bringing this hobby back home with you as well. It is not just a verb though, it is a lifestyle.


7. You are going to gain weight… lots of it…

You will tell yourself it must be muscle everyday since you are so active– but in reality its the carby food you keep eating every meal and all the bing eating Chick-Fil-A you do on your days off. That is the problem with athletic shorts too, you’ll never know you gain weight till you try to wear real world clothes again.


8. You will want animal shirts… lots of them…

All the cool counselors have animal shirts… you better prepare…


9. Your campers will ask you about 352214 billion times if you are in a relationship…

If you tell them no then they will proceed to try to set you up with every counselor of the opposite sex they see you looking at…


10. You will begin to appreciate going to the bathroom…

That is your only alone time. You only chance to gather your thoughts. Till you hear the knock on the door.


11. Dry shampoo will be your friend…

You will invest in it after the first session I promise.


12. You will learn what it truly means to be a servant…

You are going to be woken up at 2 a.m. because of someone peeing in their bed. You are going to have to have patience even when it is hard. You are going to learn what it is like to pour into those who will give you nothing in return. And you are going to learn how beautiful it is to be the hands and feet of God.


13. You will fall in love with your campers…

You will cry when they leave and consider them your own children. You hate to send them back to the real mean world but will begin to pray for them daily. You will meet campers who have been told they are not enough. You will have the opportunity to share with them their Creator’s love for them and that with Him and Him alone are they enough. Your bond with your campers will last a lifetime. And come September, you will be praying for them as they are back home, while looking at old pictures of you and your cabin wishing it could be July again.

 

Whether it has been 25 years since you’ve been a camp counselor, or it was simply last summer I think we can agree on one thing–being a camp counselor truly is the best experience of your life. You learn skills from archery to how to make a cabin look clean in 4 minutes. You have campers who are hard and some who are almost perfect–yet you love all them equally and individually. You will make your best friends, and you will cry like a baby when you leave those gates in August. Being a camp counselor will be your hardest job ever, but it will be the most rewarding. If you haven’t decided what you are doing this summer, be a camp counselor. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Check out the summer camp I work at and apply if you are interested. Ridgecrest Summer Camps have meant so much to me as a camper, and even more as a staffer. Apply if you love your Creator and children:

 

Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

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  1. Yes!!!! Summer camp is literally the greatest! So many of my best stories begin with “so this one time at camp…” I’ve learned so much as a camp counselor. The crazy part is you go expecting to change the lives of your campers and it’s NUTS how much they change you too!

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