dragonwolves asked: I was told at a conference for camping professionals that if you have any interest in pursuing camp as a full time career (yes you can do that!) That you should try to gain experience at a few different camps. It makes you a more flexible staff plus you network more and gain different types of skillsets.
This sounds fairly accurate. I would think that variety between the camps would help to round out an individual. Personally, I’m excited about working at a conference center with a day camp routine instead of the extremely remote sleep-away camp I grew up at. New experiences challenge us and hopefully a new person can bring insight to the table in a give and take relationship.
girlscoutcamp asked: 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."
The helpful tips keep rolling in.
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.
purebluesky asked: 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 :)
waitinforasuperman asked: 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. :)
Bam! Thanks follower!
Anonymous asked: Can you give advice on switching camps? I just got a job at a new camp, not the one I've grown up at, and i'm super nervous! Thanks
Be open to new things and try not to make constant comparisons in your head (even though you won’t be able to avoid some of them).