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Camp Canadensis

Camp Counselor

June - August 2021 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

Opportunities to learn time management and grow in maturity. Able to communicate with fellow counselors and lower leadership.

What I wish was different

Management/leadership issues.

Advice

I really began to understand what helps me get going, and I truly think I was able to find some of the best people I have ever met.
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General Counselor

June - August 2021 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

I was able to grow as a leader and create a positive experience for my campers.

What I wish was different

Advice

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general counselor

June - August 2019 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

I loved my complete experience at camp!

What I wish was different

i would have liked a little better top to bottom communication

Advice

Be ready for unexpected issues to occur, and have patience
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Group Leader

June 2017 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

Camp Canadensis is an extremely unique experience where staff members are encouraged to have fun, I mean it really does not get any better than that. I have been attending Camp Canadensis, first as a camper and now as a staff member, for 12 summers and what I have gained from those experiences has truly shaped me into the person I am today. You instantly gain a family of friends from all around the world in a community unlike any other, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of the Canadensis family.

What I wish was different

Advice

Do not take a moment of your time at Camp Canadensis for granted, because while seven weeks sounds like a long time, it feels like no time at all. There's not a day where I don't wish I was back at Canadensis, spending day in and day out with my best friends. Joining the Canadensis family is a once in a lifetime opportunity as Canadensis truly is a once in a lifetime kinda place.
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General counselor

June - August 2019 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

Camp is the most amazing 7 weeks I’ve ever experiences. I loved working in an environment where I was also encouraged to push myself to grow with the campers.

What I wish was different

I wouldn’t change anything about camp. The directors and all leadership staff is always working to fix anything that isn’t as good as it can be. There’s always someone around to help with problems and you are never really doing anything alone.

Advice

Try everything at camp even if you think you won’t like it. This is the only job I’ve ever had where I get to do everything the kids are doing without question. You’re playing games and doing all the activities throughout the day and a lot of them are things you’ll probably never get to do again. You’ll be surprised what talents and favorite activities you leave with.
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

I loved the environment and staff.

What I wish was different

I wouldn’t change anything

Advice

Be prepared to work hard for 8 weeks
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

The staff, the support given to staff

What I wish was different

I wish it had been longer!

Advice

Be yourself! You open up so much at this job and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and connect to the campers
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General Counselor; Group leader

June 2018 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

The atmosphere is electric! Every morning begins with an all-camp dance party and the spirit shows through in the way the campers and staff care for each other and the camp itself. You meet people from all over the world, and chances are you'll make your best friends within a day or two of staff training. The campus itself is undeniably beautiful and the sunsets over the lake are one in a million.

What I wish was different

I actually wouldn't change anything about my experience at Canadensis. Camp is constantly changing and working to fix any bugs/issues that arise, and they often ask staff this same question for that reason. Any complaints I may have had before have been addressed and changed.

Advice

This is the hardest job you will ever love. If you put the work in, you will reap the rewards! While most Canadensis campers are well-off and may prove difficult sometimes, working with children of ANY demographic presents its challenges. Being a counselor isn't about you, it's about the campers. Putting them first, especially when you're used to only putting yourself first, can be a challenge for many. Even though they're children, the campers can tell if you're being genuine. If you are able to put your wants aside to fulfill the needs of your campers and build genuine relationships with them, you are guaranteed to create unbreakable bonds and have an amazing summer.
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General Counselor

June - August 2018 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

With this job I was able to enrich my nurturing side and give myself a hands-on experience on what working with kids is really like. Before this I would say that taking care of kids was an easy task; but once I went pass dipping my toes and actually jumping into the water, I realized that children are not easy at all. Especially when your responsible for nine of them. I loved it all and I wish to do it again.

What I wish was different

Advice

People have to go into this job with an open mind. In order for you to be successful in this work environment you have to be willing to be generous with your time and selfless. The kids always come first and if you are a person who knows that, that is a lot to handle, then this is not the place for you.
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2018 • Canadensis, PA

What I liked

The atmosphere at camp was so welcoming and I met so many amazing people.

What I wish was different

I wouldn't change anything about my experience.

Advice

It's important to keep an open mind and really enjoy the time you get to yourself because there isn't much of it.
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