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Ramapo for Children

Camp Counselor

June - July 2019 • Rhinebeck, NY

What I liked

Great opportunity to work with children who have severe challenges and help them have a great camp experience.

What I wish was different

More staff would have made some of the campers’ challenges more manageable.

Advice

Working here is definitely a challenge but very rewarding. Make sure to talk to people who have worked here to know what you are getting into.
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Assistant Director of Waterfront

June - August 2019 • Rhinebeck, NY

What I liked

Great experience for thosse looking to go into childhood education or early childhood care, especially in the special education field. So much personal growth!

What I wish was different

the very long hours and little down time.

Advice

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Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • Rhinebeck, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed working with my fellow counselors as well as my campers. I became so close with so many individuals that I keep in touch with them even now, when we are back to living our own lives. I enjoyed learning more about autism and behavioral disorders and getting to work with those type of individuals. It was so much fun.

What I wish was different

A little more organization. Scheduling was disorganized at time — there was confusion with what groups were going to which activities and scheduling was disorganized at times.

Advice

It’s was tough but totally worth it. If you love talking on challenges as well as have a love for children, this is the right spot for you.
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Camp Counselor for children with special needs

July - August 2019 • Rhinebeck, NY

What I liked

I liked working with children and all of the great relationships I made with my coworkers.

What I wish was different

I did not think we received sufficient training to work with children with severe special needs, who could often be violent. I think this job could really be improved with training.

Advice

I would say it is much better to work for the whole/most of the summer instead of the last two sessions (which is what I did).
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General Counselor

June - August 2019 • Rhinebeck, NY

What I liked

It gave me hands on experience working with children with special needs and children in the foster care system.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Camp Counselor

July - August 2018 • Rhinebeck, NY

What I liked

I liked the people I met there, and I enjoyed working with children with autism!

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more support from my co-counselors and supervisors as well as higher management. Burn out is real, and they should work on addressing counselors' wellbeing in addition to camper wellbeing.

Advice

Be patient. It can get tough, but if you stick it through, it is very rewarding.
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