I have worked at four different camps, my fifth will be this summer. I learned SO much from so many different people about different areas of my home state and country, different camp environments, and made so many new friends from all over the world. Having a "home" camp is great, but sometimes broadening your horizons is even better. Good luck, be open to change and new things, and "make new friends, but keep the old."
My best advice is to try to get contact info from your boss (or friend who got you the job) for someone who’s well respected at your camp that has a similar job (a counselor if that’s your new position). That way you can ask about special things to bring that are not on your old camp packing lists. Moving from a camp with tents to one with electricity meant that my new sauna-like sleeping arrangements could be combated with a fan. Another life saving tip was the importance of bringing more costumes than regular clothes.
to the follower afraid to switch camps! - Last year I worked at a completely different camp than the one I grew up going to and working at. I was terrified too, but it was the best change ever! Everyone was so amazing and welcoming. They're my second family. Don't be nervous! It will be amazing :)
To the anon that is switching camps, don't be afraid! Last year was my first year at a COMPLETELY new camp from the one I grew up in. Totally different people and totally different camp. I was scared to death when I showed up but everyone was so nice and made me feel like family. I consider this camp my home now because I loved it so much. The magic happens when you get out of your comfort zone. Totally rewarding. :)
While this may seem apparent and ordinary to many of you, it also happens to be my last day of undergraduate classes…ever. I’m feeling very happy and accomplished and felt that it was only appropriate to share the love. It’s been a while since one of these posts and we’ve grown significantly since then. So to all you new comers- when people send in positive responses to Camp Confessions, I collect them and then I publish them. These are not a response to what I alone do because I couldn’t run this site without submissions from followers, publicity from followers, and the collective camp experience of this community. These messages are for you too because you make this site possible.
OH MY GOD, THERE’S A SEND FANMAIL OPTION? WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT? Anyways, really I just wanted to see what that button did but I do love your blog, so true story!:P
This blog seriously is my life. I can relate to at least 90% of all the posts and it really just helps the days when I’m not at camp go by more quickly. So thanks.
I went submit crazy, i apologize.
I just found your blog today and I absolutely adore it! Camp is my life!
AHHH that last picture that was posted is the camp i work at!! craaaazzyyyy seeing it up that!
I love camp and your blog is amazing! ^^
Camp is my absolute life! everything on your blog brings me back to the amazing summers i spend there every year :D
This blog makes me so campsick
I work at a girl scout camp & I can relate to well over half of these, this blog is AMAZING! :D <3
I get ridiculously excited every time I see a confession posted that I submitted.
Just wanted to say I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I read them all the time and make me think of my amazing camp memories.
Its really cool how all of these are applicable to any camp scenario. Sooo relatable! Its funny how all campers are the same. Crazy crazy crazy.
i’m so using your blog for ice breakers for my staff this year! thank you :)
so, this isn’t so much a question as a comment. I wanted to let you know that I stumbled across your blog when I found images on imgfave. I work at a camp for visual and performing arts and the minute I posted your blog on FB, I had 10 comments, shares, new posts of images, everything. I read all 47 pages and could relate to everything. I’ve been a camper since age 3 and a counselor for about 8ish years now— best experience of my life.
Just discovered your blog and I love it so much! Thanks for giving me an hour of amusement since I just read your entire blog!!!
I love this blog!
This is such an awesome blog! I got hired as a camp counselor today and this brings back so many memories and makes me so much more excited to start working this summer!
I recently came across an utterly touching camp film that would warm the hearts of any camp counselor or camper alike. It's called The Rainbow Tribe. I know you have a great outreach to camp communities through your blog, so I felt this might be a great way to get the movie out to the camp community. I cannot post a link in an ask box but if you go to the All About David James Elliott blog and go to the August 13th, 2008 post, it tells you all about the background of the movie. Happy Trails!
Here is a link to the movie’s official site. It looks like a great movie.
We’re trying to stay as anonymous as possible because we all want to have futures and we extend that courtesy to you as well. So we won’t credit your confession unless you expressly ask us to (no one has so far). As a huge supporter of camping and the outdoors, we don’t want any of these confessions to reflect poorly on the organizations that made us stronger people so we won’t be naming any specific camps either, unless they are submitted with approval by an official representative. We’ve been sticking to general camp topics to hopefully widen our appeal but we are supportive of specific types of camps and the confessions that come with them. Feel free to submit whatever.
We will accept all submissions but we will choose what to post to avoid repetition and issues with any of the concerns above. As far as submissions for confessions- if you don’t see your exact submission there are several possibilities:
1) it is really similar to a confession that has already been written*
2) it’s in the inbox, or in organizing/editing to go to the queue, or in the queue all of which varies in length at any given time**
3) we tweaked it a bit to make it more general
4) we tweaked it a bit to make it more of a confession and less of a moment/expression/statement thingy.
5) your submission was very obviously anti-camper or something we considered in bad taste. If you’re curious, feel free to message us and as but we don’t veto things very often.
6) look at reason #1. Then go back through the archives and I bet it’s one of the early ones.
*If your submission is about showers, there is a very good chance it is too similar to others. If your submission is about how camp is better than the rest of the world, there is a very good chance it is too similar to others. If your submission is about how camp has greatly impacted who you are as a person, there is a very good chance that it is too similar to others. Please be more specific if you feel your confession is unique and please scroll through the archive before submitting it.
** Please refer to the screen shot in March. The inbox can be HUGE and doesn’t even show the in editing confessions.