I have been going to the same camp for the past 7 years of my life. Before I was a camper, however, I was an Explorer. This past summer, now that I was in the oldest age group, I decided to help out with the Explorer Program. First we had to greet the shy campers coming off of the bus, and explain to them everything that camp had to offer. From there, we were meant to be their part-time counselors. This included taking them to and from each activity, making sure they knew the Talent Show dance we choreographed for them, helping them get to bed on time, and even helping them get dressed in the morning. Although difficult at times, this was quite the interesting experience.
It was strange to think that I was once one of those little girls who refused to put on a bathing suit when it was time to go to the pool, or asked a million questions about being in Bunk One (the oldest age group). This experience helped me learn how to be responsible for people other than myself. I also realized I should’ve been more appreciative of my past counselors. I only spent three days with these girls which I thought was difficult. My counselors had to spend 7 weeks with us.
Going into it, I was thinking pretty negatively. I don’t have a lot of patience, especially not with small children. But what I wanted more than anything was for them to see all that I do in my camp. It is my favorite place in the world, and I wanted all of those girls to have the same fantastic experience I did at Bryn Mawr. It was pretty tiring to spend all day with them, but in the end I believe it was worth it. All in all, it was a fun experience.
– Rachel Sznajderman