At the beginning of summer, I tell our camp staff they will change the lives of the Scouts who come to our camps, their words and actions have influence and impact, and they are providing memorable experiences.
All of this is true. Because of our staff, hundreds of Scouts each summer have an awesome time at our camps.
But here’s the little-known flipside, each and every camp staff member’s life was changed as well!
Our camp staff ranges in age from 14-year-old Counselors-in-Training (CITs) to retirees and every age in between. For a young staff member, we see changes in their confidence in public speaking, independence, courage to try new things, and an overall feeling of success at their first “job”.
For young adult staff members, the changes may be learning to lead and be in charge, carrying out a plan successfully, or persevering through a difficult situation. For older adult staff members, summer camp staff may reconnect them to their childhood, and their Scouting memories, or provide a chance to pass on a lifelong hobby or skill to the next generation.
As the weather changes to winter, we are already thinking about summer. Do you know someone who would be a great candidate for our camp staff?
Yours In Scouting,
Director of Support Services