Camp Alleghany strives to remain innovative even while retaining the traditional elements which are so important to our mission and structure.
But when something comes along that just “feels right,” and is doable, we always want to see if it’s a good fit and we can make it work.
And that’s exactly what we’ve found in a new approach to our camp counseling jobs that combines those jobs with internships when requested and where possible.
This doesn’t mean that ALL of our camp counseling jobs need to be internships — not at all.
But some counselors have come to us requesting such a structure, and proposing ideas that would extend — or focus — their camp counselor job into an internship that is beneficial to both the counselor-intern and Camp Alleghany.
Making internships a reality
After taking a look around, and talking to other camp professionals, we found that this idea isn’t new, and that other camps have given it a try much to their delight.
So Program Director Taylor Fellows and I put our heads together to find a way to introduce just such a possibility to Camp Alleghany. While all the details are not necessarily sewn up, and a practice run with our first set of counselor/interns this summer will give us further insight, we definitely think this is a direction worth trying.
What this means for currently hired 2015 staff, and those seeking employment, is that there is room for you to propose to us your needs and aims with an internship, and offer ideas — or seek input — on how that could be achieved at camp.
What it takes
Some things to keep in mind are that:
- You would still be paid your regularly agreed 2015 Camp Alleghany salary.
- You would still perform all your regularly agreed camp counselor duties.
- You would offer an achievable focus for your internship that comports with the camp setting.
- We would provide guidance, feedback, and on-site follow-up for the counselor/intern.
- We would help craft a meaningful resume piece based on a successfully realized counselor/internship.
- We would tailor any letters of recommendation to reflect your successfully realized counselor/internship.
Our hope is that such a program, within our existing aim to help all young women achieve greater responsibility and leadership when attending or working at Camp Alleghany, would further personalize your experience and empower you with a unique aim at camp that gives your time here greater meaning and purpose.
Like I said, this is new to us, so there is room for it to grow and change, and if you have any questions about this, please feel free to e-mail me or e-mail Taylor, and let us know what’s on your mind.
I think this new facet to our counseling program can help eliminate some of the tension prospective counselors feel when they really want to come to camp to work, and believe in what a strong work experience it provides, but still feel that today’s world wants to see that an internship in particular was performed.
We can help you set goals for your internship, bring something unique to it, and get feedback that strengthens your aims, all while still enjoying the regular schedule and challenges of a camp counseling job.
So reach out and let us know what you think! We’re eager and excited to work with you.
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls