Were you ever a camp counselor before? I don't know about you, but for me it was very enjoyable. I mean, you got to go many different interesting places, chat with the other counselors, get paid, and were doing some productive.
The day camp I worked at some summers ago was a camp for special needs children. We didn't get paid much, but we got something, plus the feeling of doing something for others. A lot of the counselors there were girls and guys from Yula highschool. I remember looking at the guys during orientation and trying to spot the good looking ones. And some of them were good looking.
Okay, back to camp. Man, there are so many memories. The ratio was one or two campers per counselor and the bond between them was amazing. There were a few regular kids there too which was good because it benefited both types. The special needs child gained a friend (close to their age) and a helper. And the regular child gained some sensitivity to those that are different from them, which is an excellent lesson for children.
What was really special was seeing the excitment and joy that the campers felt during the trips and the on campus activities. The camp director told us that this is the highlight of their year. I think the bond b/t counselor and camper showed most during the dancing that we did every Friday. Separate of course, guys here and girls there. The counselors did not hold back but went all out to make it very fun and enjoyable for them. And the music added a lot also.
At the end when camp was finished for the summer, we had counselor parties at different places. I worked there three summers and each summer, these gatherings grew to more gatherings. I don't really keep in touch with them anymore. But once in awhile I see one of them and we catch up.