There are 100’s of thousand of camp staff across Canada every summer. At Widjiitiwin we hire 50 summer staff and at MBC we hire 110 summer staff. Lots of college/university staff start in the spring.
Now, you might think, “Why should I pursue a camp job over an internship?” Well, working at a camp gives you the opportunity to earn more than just cash. Internships and camps are all about gaining skills. The question is, how is working at a camp better than an internship?
The biggest reason: working at a camp helps you develop skills that will not only build your resume, but will last you a long time to come. You have an opportunity to lead from the front and solve problems, in addition to fulfilling your responsibilities with utmost sincerity, authenticity, humility and passion. Working at camp offers real-life experiences that cannot be learned behind an office desk or getting someone’s coffee or running errands.
The work is incomparable preparation for the future, requiring the skills to manage group projects and motivate individuals, set goals and juggle tight schedules, and stay available for 24 hours a day, six days a week, in sickness and in health.
There are many benefits you can gain by working at camp:
- What you do there matters!!
- You develop a better self-understanding
- You enhance personal growth & communication skills
- You have a positive and significant influence on the lives of children
- You expand/develop a network of peer relations.
- You will learn flexibility and adaptability, as you work with a variety of people ranging from children to camp directors.
- You will show initiative and problem-solving when any unexpected circumstances arise.
- You will be exposed to a multi-cultural community of both campers and staff and understand what it means to build a caring, supportive community.
- You will demonstrate accountability as you work to keep children safe and happy.
- But more than all of this, you will gain a sense of self-fulfillment as you see your campers try new activities, reach their goals, and grow in confidence.
It Builds Character along with Your Resume
If you do not have character, your resume is pretty much useless. If you make a comparison, you will notice that most interns count the minutes until they are finally done with work. On the other hand, camp counselors and camp staff dedicate their summers. Why do they do it? They enjoy what they do! When you work at a camp, you learn to dedicate your time for things besides yourself, as you have the opportunity to deal with adults, kids and other counselors.
It’s Not Only about the Money
When you work at a camp, you not only show up every morning because you are earning and saving good money, you show up because your job involves spreading smiles and happiness. You are not confined to an undersized desk, relentlessly waiting for payday. Instead, the beautiful scenery of Muskoka is your office and putting smiles on campers’ faces outweighs the thought of the next paycheck.
You Make Kids Smile Instead of Customers
It’s not uncommon to come across interns pretending to be extra nice so they can make a sale. A camp job, however, revolves around campers and making them happy. Getting an authentic laugh or smile out of a camper is much more enjoyable than selling a particular product to a random customer.
You Learn to Be Selfless Not Selfish
While interns spend most of their time pretending to be busy or surfing the web, every minute you spend at camp is devoted to the campers. Each minute of your time is spent for others, not just for yourself. After all, have you ever seen an intern worrying about the progress of their company they work for, as much as they do for themselves?If you’ve been considering a job at camp, why not go for it? You will have the experience of a lifetime, meet staff and campers from around the world, and gain experience that will be beneficial for years to come.
How is someone who fetches coffee at a big corporation more impressive than one who spends days and nights nurturing, teaching, organizing, comforting and inspiring?