TIME of YOUR LIFE: Jobs at Summer Camp provide life-long lessons!

We came across an article by a University of Edinburgh student who traveled to the United States to work at a summer camp.  She, like thousands of individuals before her, was interested in an overseas experience and ended up coming away from summer camp with a much richer experience than she could have ever dreamed of. While this article is written mainly from an international perspective, it beautifully touches on a lot of topics that translate to all of our staff here at Pok-O-MacCready!

We’ve included some snippets of the article below…it’s a great read, so check out the full article if you have a minute.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in having the best summer of your life working at Pok-O-MacCready Camps, contact us!  We’d love to hear from you.

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“Last summer was the best time of my life.

No over-exaggeration whatsoever. When I boarded my flight to Boston on 5th June, I was battling both extreme excitement and extreme nerves. When I landed back in London on 30th August, I was kind of devastated.  Sure I was happy to be home, but my summer had been everything that I wanted it to be, and so much more. You hear so many stories about the American summer camp experience, and you can’t help but be a little bit cynical.  Surely it can’t be as life changing as people claim? Well for me, it was, and I’ m writing this article to urge you to apply. It really is the “summer of a lifetime.”

The experience: I think it’s impossible to express just how unique the summer camp experience is. You essentially live and work in a bubble for ten weeks, away from all the stresses of modern life back home. There’s no constant access to your phone or the internet, and you really come to appreciate the benefits of that. As our head counsellor repeatedly told us: “there’s no wifi in the woods, but you’ll get a much better connection.” Cliché, but surprisingly true.

The friendships: Arrivals at camp are staggered over about a week. Your job will determine what day you arrive, generally the more training you need, the earlier you will arrive. I got to camp about midway through the arrivals week. I remember walking in to the dining hall where everybody was gathered after dinner, and was immediately overwhelmed by how many people there were.  How was I ever going to remember all these names? It was never a problem. I can honestly say that I can tell you a story about every single one of those staff members – whether I spent every minute of my day with them, or just shared one car journey. When you live in the middle of nowhere for ten weeks, you become like a family.

Your personal development: I’d always heard people say how camp changed them as an individual, and I always saw this as massively hyperbolic. How could it really be that different from going away to university?  Well to put it simply, it isn’t all about you. Parents are entrusting you to look after their children, and that forces you to grow up and become less selfish. So what if you have to wake up at 7am for ten weeks straight? You have to do it because it is your job…At camp, the kids see you as a grown up and so it is imperative that you behave like one.”

-L. Wilson  (Read the full article here)

If you, or someone you know, are interested in having the best summer of your life working at Pok-O-MacCready Camps, contact us!  We’d love to hear from you.

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Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

800.982.3538 (within the U.S.)
518.963.7656
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