On Campers and Counselors

The parallels between being a camper and a camp counselor.

4 minute read

When someone scans your items at the supermarket or brings your food at a restaurant, it is an easy assumption that those people are simply doing their jobs; it’s rare to find someone who is passionate about scanning groceries or low-level work in the food service industry. When it comes to the job of camp counseling, most would probably assume the same thing: it’s just the means to a paycheck. For some that may be true, but for many, myself included, the paycheck is not the ends,…

Why I Work as a Camp Counselor

The reasoning/rationalization behind why I chose to spend a second summer as a camp counselor.

5 minute read

As the counting of weeks before camp turns into the counting of days before camp, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my choice to spend a second summer as a counselor at a sleep away camp. I believe it comes down to the fact that camp is, to explain mathematically, the “absolute value” of college; the majority of the positives of college are present at camp, and a majority of the inverses of the negatives of college are also present at camp.