I’ve been working at camp for a few years, I’ve been in a leadership position for most of those years. And it has taken me a really long time to realize that I’ve been setting a terrible example for my staff.
There, I said it.
I’ve fairly recently realized this and I’ve been working on setting a better example for my camp colleagues these past few years, but the other day I witnessed a conversation that made me realize that I’m not the only one who’s setting a terrible example for up-and-coming staff, it’s rampant in the camping industry.
People work at camp because they care, and almost every camp I know has the mantra “campers come first” which is wonderful, and as it should be. BUT (and that’s a big but), camper care shouldn’t come at the expense of staff health and well-being. Continue reading
Categories: If I Could Do It Over..., Self Care at Camp
Tags: camp culture, Counsellors, health, If I could do it over, mental health, reflection, self care, sleep hygiene, staff training, Supporting your staff, wellness
The age old question; does camp change people or just make them more of who they already are?
We talk all the time about how camp changes people for the better, how leaders are created, and how campers go home as different people. But what about the argument that we didn’t actually “change” or “create” anything… we simply give campers a safe environment to challenge themselves and grow the skills and qualities that they already possess.
I don’t have the answer, all I have is years of watching campers (and staff) … become. Become more confident, become happier, become better versions of themselves. Continue reading
Categories: Picture This...
Tags: being yourself, camp, camp counsellor, camp culture, change, confidence, costume, cross- dressing, dave matthews band, dress up, LBGT, princess, strengths, unique