A Note From Your Child's Camp Counselor

Posted by Rachel Greenberg on Apr 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM


It's hard for me to imagine what a parent would want to know about the people taking care of their kids at camp because I am not a parent. I am, in fact, that person taking care of your kids this summer. I have to imagine that you would want to know who I am, where I come from and why I chose to spend my summer taking care of your most prized possession, your child. To you and the camp that hired me, your child’s care and safety is the number one priority. Making that happen is a full-time job and it's a job that I love!

I have spent the past two summers as a Residential Advisor (RA) at Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs on the University of Pennsylvania campus. We take care of hundreds of students from all corners of the earth for seven weeks each summer. Our team of RAs come from all over the world and, no matter where they are from, they are at JKCP for the summer to meet, take care of and enrich your kids' lives, no matter what the situation. We spend our winters chomping at the bit to start our summer at JKCP for a life-changing season filled with fun, laughter, and excitement; just like your kids. We are leaders and we want to do the best we can to give your children a safe and unforgettable summer. We work tirelessly, throughout the night, to make sure that anything that your child needs is right there in front of them. On the other hand, we are there to help them learn and grow from hard situations when they arise.

We wake up early to be sure that the students make it to class on time. We keep the machine moving, even while they are at class, to get ready for an amazing evening every single day. We stay up until 1, 2 sometimes 3 in the morning to be sure that students (and parents) can rest easy knowing that everyone is where they are supposed to be. We are accountable for ourselves and for your children. We know who is going where and how they'll get there safely and securely. Most importantly, we help make that happen. We are there to talk to your kids about their classes, what they did at camp today or just to talk about their favorite books and movies. We are there to also just sit and listen to what they are going through in their lives. Our team lives in the dormitory down the hall from your kids so that whenever they need something , we are never more than a few doors away.

I took this job so that I could have the summer of my life. Helping your kids do the same is how I achieve my goals. If I can make a positive impact on one student per day, I feel like I have made the most out of that day. Thankfully, I get to do it time and time again each day. That is what makes this job so sweet!

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Topics: High School Summer Programs

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