Dear 16s of 2014,
It could be your boyfriend, or your workload at school. It could be the pressure to train to perfect your sport of choice. You could have tickets to see your favorite band in the middle of the summer, or be scared of how difficult the Junior Counselor (JC) application may be.
Whatever the reason, you will hesitate when compiling your application, there’s no way around it.
There will be a moment or two when you think, “Is it even worth it?” Maybe you think a summer chilling out at home is the best antidote to a busy school year.
But please, please understand that applying to be a JC is worth it. So, so incredibly worth it.
The home things can wait, really. I mean if you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that’s one thing — youngest Texan to ever climb Mount Everest or something — okay, that’s BIG!
But if you’re hesitating because there’s something at home that you think you’ll miss, like your friends, or relaxing at the pool, or going to parties, know that those things will still be there when you get home.
And of course, you also have friends at camp, many made over a lifetime.
You and the other JCs become SO close as counselors, you can chill in the river, tell each other your hopes, dreams, and problems, or put in your iPod and dance around freely with 14 of your closest friends. it’s better than any party you could attend at home.
So you know what? Applying to be a JC is probably the best thing you could do. First, it teaches you to think about who you are and what you want to become. It helps hone your essay-writing skills before those looming college applications. And most of all, because it leads to the best summer of your life.
So do it. The Palace is so cool.
— Chloe Cook, Alum and Counselor, Camp Alleghany for Girls