Mountain Camp Woodside
General Counsellor / Social Media Director / Teenage Leader
Private Traditional Camp
Why did you apply to work at camp?
I applied to Camp America initially to travel, but I got so much more out of it than I could have ever imagined! The process was super easy, I applied online as soon as applications opened and I was placed by January. I had three interviews with camps before I got placed, so if you get turned down don’t worry! Your perfect camp is still out there!
What Was Your Typical Day Like?
When I was a general counsellor my typical day started around 7am, getting the kids up and getting them to breakfast. My camp was a day camp and a resident camp, so next the day kids would arrive and we would get into our ‘cabin’ groups. We would then have four different activities throughout the day (and some lunch!) And then we would meet in a big age group for an all camp activity, like capture the flag or a talent show. We’d have snack time and then the day kids would be picked up. After the day kids had gone home, we would have hang time in the dorms and get some dinner, and then my favourite part of camp - evening program! This would be when the whole of resident camp came together for some big activity, like Mario Kart IRL, or Harry Potter night, and then we’d have a campfire. After all the excitement of EP, we’d have to get the kids to bed! There were always two counsellors on dorm duty, which meant you usually did it once a week and if we weren’t on, we’d all hang out in the staff lounge.
Best part about working on camp...
The Best thing about working at camp is the chance to try so many new things, meet amazing people and create awesome connections with the kids.
Favourite thing about America...
My favourite thing about America is how different each state is, there’s so much to see! And how enthusiastic the people are! Just the whole culture is different and it was amazing getting to experience it.
What Camp Type Was Your Camp?
My camp was a traditional private camp, but it was a day and a residential camp, so we had kids stay for the week and also day kids. It was slightly different to other camps, because it was on a boarding school! So we stayed in dorm rooms instead of cabins, and it wasn’t as campy as other camps - we didn’t have a lake!
What Will You Take Away From Camp?
I will honestly take so much away from camp! It changed who I am, making me a better and more independent person. I made friends for life, I am reading at my friends wedding next year! It even changed my career path, I owe a lot to camp and the experience I had there.