I had wanted to be a camp counselor as long as I had known it was a job. Being paid to spend the summer at camp with high schoolers seemed like the best gig of all time. Heck, I could even meet a camp boy and join staff and stay forever, right?! (side note, I did meet a boy but we stayed just friends for 3 more years post camp.)
I felt lucky and adventurous. The staff was great, I was on the team, the butterflies were all kinds of flutter, and the kids were arriving. Then suddenly I was wondering what the heck I was doing. These teens with real struggles dreams, fears, and addictions. Things that I still struggled with and wondered about – “Why do bad things happen?”, “How can I be a good friend?” and “Will I ever get married?”
Two weeks into camp, sitting in a circle with these girls – these girls who were just like me. I was their leader, I had four years of apparent wisdom on them but I got it, we got it. We still all get it.
We snuck back into the camp kitchen to put away our smores supplies. The sudden urge to turn on the camp radio to sit in the dark and worship overcame us. “How He Loves” filled the speakers of the camp kitchen and echoed into our hearts. I have no words to explain that moment but none of us were the same after it. Our hearts were touched deeply by the Love of our Savior. We all needed to hear it – we all struggled with perfectionism, approval, the desire for a boyfriend, the disappointment in our appearances, the fear of not measuring up.
I that moment I knew it was all worth it. I needed them and they needed me. The counselors, the campers, the Crew. We worked together, lived together, shared together, and loved together.
I spent three summers on summer staff at Eagle Lake Camp (2008, 2009, 2011) and those summers molded me into who I am now. If you are college aged and still wondering what the heck you are doing with your summer, come to Colorado! Apply to work at Eagle Lake here and ask me all the questions you want. I’ll only have good things to say because it may have been hard at times but it was so worth it.
Do you have summers (or seasons) that changed your life? What about moments like mine in the kitchen that you will literally never be able to forget? Are you looking for something to do with your summer (do you know boys who need something to do with their summer)? Come to Colorado and work at Eagle Lake Camps!