We do a lot for our campers. We support, foster, develop, create, smile, love, sing, dance, model, and encourage everyday each summer. Our job is unique and fabulous. For all the elbow grease you put into your job as a counselor, your campers will do just as much (and sometimes more!) for you.
A (Very!) Short List of Lessons Learned From Campers:
1. It’s okay if someone rains on your parade.
Both in the literal and figural sense, our campers help us learn how to make the most of life. It’s raining? What a great time to put on your bright yellow boots and splash in the puddles! Your friend woke up in a grumpy mood? All the more reason to tell her a silly joke!
2. Life is way more fun if you don’t take yourself so seriously.
Your campers are the perfect example that a healthy dose of laughter and a nap can change the world.
3. Why wait?
Life is short so go for it! If you blink your eyes, the moment may be gone (or it may be closing day).
4. Turn it off!
You don’t need a cellphone, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to be happy. A real thumbs up is much more satisfying than a virtual one.
5. Turn it on!
Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Who better to share your talents with than a group of six-year-olds?
6. Failure is the fun part.
In school, in general, there’s little room to fail. At camp, you have 250 acres to “fail”! You won’t be good at everything you do, and thank goodness. Wouldn’t that be boring?!?
7. Start small.
We are constantly getting overwhelmed. This project is too big, I can’t start it. The race is too long, I
can’t run it. I don’t have a lot money, I can’t donate any. Campers tend to take things bite by bite which makes the world much easier to swallow.
8. Everyone is special.
Campers recognize this. We tend to forget.
9. It’s best to start each day excited for what’s to come.
How refreshing! Our campers typically align with Winnie the Pooh’s feelings, “‘What day is it?’ asked Pooh. ‘It’s today,’ squealed Piglet. ‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
10. There’s always a reason to celebrate.
I think the Kid President says it best, “Give the world a reason to dance.” Rockbrook girls know how to celebrate life!