Reason #10: It’s a summer job. Not only is it a job, but it is during the summer! I mean, it’s a win-win situation. Not only a summer job, but a life changing experience.
Reason #9: You get meals for free. What other job do you really know that provides meals for free?! I don’t.
Reason #8: Sleeping in air-conditioning rooms.
Reason #7: You’re going to see me there (whether it be on Summer Staff or on Weekly Staff) in the summer.
Reason #6: Community of Summer Staff. A part of that “life changing experience” I mentioned is with those people who you are going to be living, eating, hanging out and praising God together with. I feel the Summer Staff always has a strong family bond, which I can say for all the previous years I have served (’06, ’07, ’08, ’10). During the summer, you’ll all go through some funny times and stressful times, but those fellow Summer Staff members are the people you are going to talk to, lean on when you need advice, or just play “Jungle Speed” (popular Summer Staff 2010 game) to get your mind off things. Even after the summer, it doesn’t mean your bond is over – HECK NO! I still am in contact with all the previous Summer Staffers I have had a chance to serve besides over the years. The community is a special thing.
Reason #5: Fun! You may think I am joking, but I am not. You can’t do this job and not have fun – it’s impossible, hahaha. I can tell you numerous stories of funny times while serving on Summer Staff. It’s a fun job, so if you like to have fun then you should start your application now! (Notice: As this job is very fun, I am not saying there is no responsibility and no rules because obviously there is and they are also part of the job, but they can co-exist – I promise!)
Reason #4: Meeting new people every week. People ask me all the time, “Turtle, how do you know so many people at camp?” My response is usually like this, “Well, first, I have been going here since I was 3 years old. But, second, serving the Lord on Summer Staff for 4 years, you tend to meet a lot of new people because every week since it is a new camp with new campers, counselors, and deans.” If you are outgoing and like to meet new people, it will happen a lot during the summer! (Side Note: Not that I am trying to persuade you even more (which I am) to apply, but you also get to meet and hear some cool Christian bands that spend a week at different camp programs. One being Tenth Avenue North, of course.
Reason #3: You get to be apart of a campers’ experience at Delanco Camp by showing them the love of Christ. What I mean by this is not being a counselor because that’s what counselors are for, hahaha, but you get to be (one of many people) apart of every single campers’ experience at Delanco Camp. You get to unclog a toilet, serve them food, help decide on what candy/drink they want at the Snack Shack, take out their trash, guard their lives while swimming, play games with them, and much more. All that I mention goes to making every single campers’ experience better, and it helps out the counselors, teachers, and deans to do their jobs as well.
Reason #2: Learning more about the Lord from different speakers, teachers, and fellow staff members. Hey, I don’t know everything about the Lord, or the Bible, or about life, but that’s what those people are here for. Besides my fellow Summer Staffers, some of my greatest conversations about the Word of God or just life was with the speaker of the week, a teacher, or someone else on staff who could help me out.
Reason #1: The opportunity to serve the Lord all summer. “Each one should use whatever gift he has recieved to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 4:10-11
I hope this list helps you in thinking whether you should apply or not (you should!). Here is the link to take you to the application: Delanco Camp Summer Staff Application 2011