It’s a special breed of human who decides to be a counselor. It’s a breed of people who go above and beyond — all the time, every day. They’re the kind who not only keep a smile on their faces, but who keep that smile in their hearts, where it counts.
I say this because there’s a real sense of emotional buoyancy needed for the job, an inner resilience and high-spiritedness that makes the demands of nurturing and stewarding a passel of kids not like demands at all, but rather a distinct pleasure. Usually even an outrageous joy!
But it’s crazy, too!
That’s why I wanted to take a moment on the blog to recognize that, just as in any job, there are those little insider jokes that develop from the nature of the work itself, the various different hats you wear, and all the strategies you develop to work with last-minute changes, long shifts, the unexpected, and the routine.
It’s important to be able to laugh about your work when it’s stressful or when something comes out of left field. I wrote about this last year concerning the derecho storm that hit, leaving us without electricity for a week (we had a back up generator for food). But if we didn’t laugh about the lack of hot showers, believe me, we would have cried. And laughing was infinitely better for morale!
So that said, here’s a comic relief link for all the counselors out there (and at Alleghany) who are the hardest-working folks in the summer businesses. I saw the story on MSN.com and couldn’t resist sharing. It’s a few gags under the title “27 things only a camp counselor will understand.” Read it and weep — from tears of laughter.
And then remember that in a few short weeks you’ll be back at your favorite job, ensconced in nature, surrounded by bright and joyous youth, living under the stars, and sweating up a storm in outdoor adventures and team challenges. I can’t wait, and I bet you can’t either. Because as MSN put it, “You’ve got the best job in the world.”
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls