For me, summer camp played a huge role in my childhood. I loved staying in cabins with my new friends, singing camp songs, and of course, making memories out on the lake. My favorite camp that I was lucky enough to attend was The Great Escape Midwest.
I promised myself that I would give back to the camp that had given so much to me. I made that promise a reality. I transitioned from being an awkward middle school camper, to a member of the Work Crew that put the whole camp together. From the highs of having mud fights in the legendary mud pit to the lows of trying to survive on three hours of sleep, looking back on my experiences of being a camp counselor and being on the Work Crew, not only did I learn how to make a 100ft homemade water slide, but I also learned a few life lessons.
- First off, communication is vital. Everyone has had the joy of being in a group project and knows how important communication is. This life lesson will help you throughout not only your school career, but also your plans after IU.
- Another life lesson learned from camp is how to be flexible–a valuable lifelong gift. It is so important to be able to think on your toes and be ready for anything life throws at you. Improvisation is key! Things aren’t always going to go as planned but if there is a will, there is a way!
- Patience is the gift that keeps on giving. Working with middle school girls will teach you some patience, trust me. Being able to learn patience and implement it into classes, internships, and one day your career is crucial to success.
- Last but not least, be positive! Having a positive outlook and attitude is everything. Radiating happiness and positivity will only help whatever kind of situation you are in.
I hope that all of you have had the opportunity to attend a summer camp or become a camp counselor.
Just a girl trying to get through college, one cup of coffee at a time.