http://steveandkatescamp.com

Steve and Kate's Camp

Camp Counselor

May - August 2021 • Cambridge, MA

What I liked

the staff

What I wish was different

ask for help

Advice

always be kind because you never know what kid needs that on their low days
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Counselor

June - August 2020 • Oakland, CA

What I liked

I love working here. Truly a fun experience and everybody there is so amazing.

What I wish was different

Due to COVID this summer was shorter and not as hands on as it has been in previous years but for everyone’s safety the changes were necessary.

Advice

Come to work everyday prepared to be immersed in high energy activities and fun.
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Summer Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Great boss and company!

What I wish was different

Some of my coworkers shirked their duties and made more work for others.

Advice

Being a camp counselor gives you TONS of skills, like being able to keep calm under pressure and keeping a positive attitude.
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Assistant Director

May - August 2019 • Pasadena, CA

What I liked

The job (though something I was not initially looking for) ended up being a great experience. I've always loved working with children, but wanted to do so at a level that was different than traditional education. Working at this summer camp allowed me to learn things I personally never got a chance to do while I was a young child- such as robotics/coding, stop-motion animation, DJ, and fashion design. It was incredible to me the amount of creativity that is found within young kids and how wonderful their imagination is. This job was tiring, to be honest. Most days, we had between 80-120 kids on campus, and making sure everyone was 100% safe, respectful, kind, and having a good time was difficult at times... but so well worth it. I was able to meet so many different kids, as well as parents, and knowing that I was playing a role in their childhood development is so incredibly rewarding.

What I wish was different

At first, I was initially hired to work alongside Launchpad kiddos, a group of 4-5 year olds which may have not even attended school or been away from their parents yet. At times, it was very stressful to handle children who would wail at the same time every day, sad to be away from mom/dad/etc. I think we should have clearly explained expectations to parents of their children so that they would know how to prepare their children for the world. Ie some did not know how to use the restroom or change their clothes on their own.

Advice

PATIENCE IS EVERYTHING! Working with kids is not easy, and if you think you will just get to sit down and play checkers all day, you are wrong for this job. You have to be willing to connect with kids, to make yourself vulnerable, to make sure kids get their medicine, make sure kids our comfortable, know their allergies, know what makes them happy, and know what makes them tick. I worked with kids who had ADHD and autism, and it was a wonderful experience to see them grow in their own way and be exposed to things they may dislike.
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Camp Counselor

May 2018 - August 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I love working with kids, and I was away for a month at the beginning of the summer (June-July) and was still able to work at the camp! They were so flexible with everyone’s schedule!

What I wish was different

It was a hard camp to work at just because of the nature of the camp (the kids get to do whatever they want) and so it was hard to do anything really structured with them.

Advice

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Studio Lead

June - August 2019 • Walnut Creek, CA

What I liked

I liked that I was able to work with kids and help them learn how to do new things, like use a sewing machine or make a movie.

What I wish was different

Having an understanding about what it was gonna look like before camp started.

Advice

Try new things, the counselors are able to ry our new things with the campers.
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Camp Counselor

June - July 2019 • San Ramon, CA

What I liked

I liked working with kids and having an awesome time interacting with other staff members.

What I wish was different

I wish we had more time to setup the camp.

Advice

I would say to watch the kids super carefully and all the equipment.
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Camp Counselor

May - August 2019 • Boulder, CO

What I liked

I really enjoyed the environment of working at a camp, because it really didn't feel like work at all. It also expanded my knowledge of working with kids as I continue studying elementary education at CU.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more counselors that were hired for the summer, because we often found that we were scrambling at times and needed more people to supervise when others were taking breaks.

Advice

Being a camp counselor is a very rewarding experience, especially depending on what type of camp you work at. It's really important that individuals go into this role with an open mind!
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Enjoy working with children.

What I wish was different

I wish I had prior experience in order to handle conflict better.

Advice

Be open minded.
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