Camp Counselor, Strongsville, OH - April 26, 2014
When I first started there, I worked as a residential camp counselor, so I essentially lived at camp for the summer. This made balancing life outside of camp difficult. However, getting to stay the week and overnight with the campers really strengthened our bonds with them. In fact, we usually had campers sign up for more than one session because they enjoyed themselves so much. It was hard work though, taxing both mentally and physically because we were working with special needs persons. Most of the residential campers were wheelchair bound which definitely made things difficult at times. Unfortunately we were almost always understaffed, which made getting everyone up, dressed, fed, and onto the various activities a challenge at times, but overall, you learn patience, you learn to be flexible, as well as how to have fun. We of course had to learn vague medical knowledge in order to properly care for our individual campers.