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9 Ways Camp America Can Change Your Life

9 Ways Camp America Can Change Your Life

Author -  Vicki Kenny

9 Ways Camp America Can Change Your Life 

1. The Rewards of Gaining a Multicultural Experience

 

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Not only will you have the opportunity to meet and interact with people from other parts of the world – you will be completely immersed in another culture – eating, sleeping, and living your daily life among a group of people who may do things quite differently from you! Learning to adapt when surrounded by different types of people is a skill that will help you stand out in the job market, as it shows courage, acceptance, and resilience in the face of uncertainty; what boss wouldn’t love to have someone like that aboard their team?!

 

2. Uncover Skills You Never Knew You Had

(This is Josie, she's a horse rider from Nelson) 

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The feedback we receive from past counsellors who have returned from their Camp America trip helps us learn more about the benefits they’ve picked up along the summer experience. One benefit that everyone seems to return with is a bit of disbelief over the many things they’ve done that they never thought they’d ever do – or even be able to do! Much of the time this welcoming of the unknown helps our counsellors uncover some new skills, and even new passions. When you push yourself to explore the outer limits of your comfort zone, you’re very likely to uncover hidden abilities that you’ve previously never even seen yourself doing!

3. Confidence

 

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Once you’ve learned of your specific summer camp placement, you’ll learn a bit more about all of the specialized knowledge that you’ll walk away equipped with! There are tons of different placements that you will have the opportunity to experience during Camp America, each with their own unique collection of activities and once you get there and conquer all of the challenges that await you, upon your return you will feel like you can rise to any occasion!

4. How to Teach


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Well let’s just start with the fact that if you’re patient and understanding enough to teach children than you’re going to have a far easier go of it when you’re teaching adults! Aside from this, your unique summer camp placement will teach you to think on your feet, and learn creative ways to present information that may not be easy for everyone to digest. This is another great ability to bring into your career because everyone absorbs information differently – so the next time you set out to teach others, you will have improved the tools you will need to appeal to all different types of people.

5. How to Spice Up Any Situation

 

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When you’re at camp, you’ll learn a ton of fun games, tricks, songs, and all sorts of activities that you can bust out anytime things get awkward and silent when the group you’re with runs out of ideas. Just tap back into all those fun things you learned at camp, and you keep it interesting for everyone!

6. You’ll Pack Your Resume to Capacity

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Once you’re done counselling at your specific summer camp placement, you will have gained so much great experience that you will likely have trouble deciding what items to leave out of your resume! Teaching alone will bring about an impressive set of skills, but the unique things you’ll get to see, do, and learn on this trip as counsellors will pack you so full of resume-worthy abilities that you might be afraid you’re bragging!

7. You’ll Return With Great Stories

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"This one time at Camp America..." No but seriously, diving headfirst into the unknown always means at least one thing – you’ll have a fantastic collection of stories to tell your friends and family upon your arrival! This isn’t just some boring trip that’ll have you returning with second-rate photos of the beach. There will be times when you feel elated, embarrassed, confused and everything in-between - and you’ll definitely surprise yourself more than once! The experiences and memories you’ll take with you when you leave Camp America will last a lifetime.

 

8. You Will Never Forget the Relationships You Built

 

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As an adult, you’ll find that you sadly have few opportunities to bond with others in as meaningful a way as you do during your summer camp placement. If you’ve experienced it as a child, you may have a sense of what we mean. When you share absolutely everything in your day with others, you learn a lot about one another, develop inside jokes, and build a significant bond that enriches you –and you’ll make lifelong connections.

 

9. You Might Have Changed Someone Else's Life Along the Way

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It's not just your life that will change after you've done Camp America.

This applies to any type of camp that you work at, be it a Private Camp, Special Needs Camp or Underprivileged camp etc. I'll give you some very real examples. 

For a camper who was "above" carrying his own suitcase to the cabin & didn't want to walk through the mud in his brand new shoes so the Kiwi counsellor said okay, your Lacoste suitcase can stay overnight in the rain. Fast forward by one week with a Kiwi counsellor & the kid was running through puddles in bare feet & helping out in the cabin.

A camper who had never seen a tree in their life, got to go horse riding at an underprivileged camp & cried because no one had shown them kindness before, let a lone a stranger or animal. 


Camp is a place where campers (and counsellors) get to have a clean slate. You'll find campers who remind you of yourself when you were their age so you'll be able to guide them to embracing their own uniqueness & be able to help turn it into their greatest strength & see them start as a homesick, shy kid to the one in the talent show solving a rubix cube & having a roar of applause even if everyone had to sit there for almost 10 minutes until it was done. (True story). 

9 Ways Camp America Can Change Your Life

The feedback we receive from past counsellors who have returned from their Camp America trip helps us learn more about the benefits they’ve picked up along the summer experience. One benefit that everyone seems to return with is a bit of disbelief over the many things they’ve done that they never thought they’d ever do – or even be able to do!

9 Ways Camp America Can Change Your Life 

1. The Rewards of Gaining a Multicultural Experience

 

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-multicultural.png

 

Not only will you have the opportunity to meet and interact with people from other parts of the world – you will be completely immersed in another culture – eating, sleeping, and living your daily life among a group of people who may do things quite differently from you! Learning to adapt when surrounded by different types of people is a skill that will help you stand out in the job market, as it shows courage, acceptance, and resilience in the face of uncertainty; what boss wouldn’t love to have someone like that aboard their team?!

 

2. Uncover Skills You Never Knew You Had

(This is Josie, she's a horse rider from Nelson) 

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-trapeze.JPG

 

The feedback we receive from past counsellors who have returned from their Camp America trip helps us learn more about the benefits they’ve picked up along the summer experience. One benefit that everyone seems to return with is a bit of disbelief over the many things they’ve done that they never thought they’d ever do – or even be able to do! Much of the time this welcoming of the unknown helps our counsellors uncover some new skills, and even new passions. When you push yourself to explore the outer limits of your comfort zone, you’re very likely to uncover hidden abilities that you’ve previously never even seen yourself doing!

3. Confidence

 

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-confidence.png

 

Once you’ve learned of your specific summer camp placement, you’ll learn a bit more about all of the specialized knowledge that you’ll walk away equipped with! There are tons of different placements that you will have the opportunity to experience during Camp America, each with their own unique collection of activities and once you get there and conquer all of the challenges that await you, upon your return you will feel like you can rise to any occasion!

4. How to Teach


9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-teach.jpg

 

Well let’s just start with the fact that if you’re patient and understanding enough to teach children than you’re going to have a far easier go of it when you’re teaching adults! Aside from this, your unique summer camp placement will teach you to think on your feet, and learn creative ways to present information that may not be easy for everyone to digest. This is another great ability to bring into your career because everyone absorbs information differently – so the next time you set out to teach others, you will have improved the tools you will need to appeal to all different types of people.

5. How to Spice Up Any Situation

 

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-spice-up-any-situation.png

 

 

When you’re at camp, you’ll learn a ton of fun games, tricks, songs, and all sorts of activities that you can bust out anytime things get awkward and silent when the group you’re with runs out of ideas. Just tap back into all those fun things you learned at camp, and you keep it interesting for everyone!

6. You’ll Pack Your Resume to Capacity

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-resume.png

Once you’re done counselling at your specific summer camp placement, you will have gained so much great experience that you will likely have trouble deciding what items to leave out of your resume! Teaching alone will bring about an impressive set of skills, but the unique things you’ll get to see, do, and learn on this trip as counsellors will pack you so full of resume-worthy abilities that you might be afraid you’re bragging!

7. You’ll Return With Great Stories

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-stories.png

 

"This one time at Camp America..." No but seriously, diving headfirst into the unknown always means at least one thing – you’ll have a fantastic collection of stories to tell your friends and family upon your arrival! This isn’t just some boring trip that’ll have you returning with second-rate photos of the beach. There will be times when you feel elated, embarrassed, confused and everything in-between - and you’ll definitely surprise yourself more than once! The experiences and memories you’ll take with you when you leave Camp America will last a lifetime.

 

8. You Will Never Forget the Relationships You Built

 

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-josie.JPG

 

As an adult, you’ll find that you sadly have few opportunities to bond with others in as meaningful a way as you do during your summer camp placement. If you’ve experienced it as a child, you may have a sense of what we mean. When you share absolutely everything in your day with others, you learn a lot about one another, develop inside jokes, and build a significant bond that enriches you –and you’ll make lifelong connections.

 

9. You Might Have Changed Someone Else's Life Along the Way

9-Ways-Camp-America-Can-Change-Your-Life-josie-2.JPG

It's not just your life that will change after you've done Camp America.

This applies to any type of camp that you work at, be it a Private Camp, Special Needs Camp or Underprivileged camp etc. I'll give you some very real examples. 

For a camper who was "above" carrying his own suitcase to the cabin & didn't want to walk through the mud in his brand new shoes so the Kiwi counsellor said okay, your Lacoste suitcase can stay overnight in the rain. Fast forward by one week with a Kiwi counsellor & the kid was running through puddles in bare feet & helping out in the cabin.

A camper who had never seen a tree in their life, got to go horse riding at an underprivileged camp & cried because no one had shown them kindness before, let a lone a stranger or animal. 


Camp is a place where campers (and counsellors) get to have a clean slate. You'll find campers who remind you of yourself when you were their age so you'll be able to guide them to embracing their own uniqueness & be able to help turn it into their greatest strength & see them start as a homesick, shy kid to the one in the talent show solving a rubix cube & having a roar of applause even if everyone had to sit there for almost 10 minutes until it was done. (True story). 

9 Ways Camp America Can Change Your Life

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