When thinking about what job I could take during my first summer between college semesters, I knew I wanted to work at Falling Creek. Growing up, I enjoyed every minute of my 10+ years at camp and my experiences helped me grow tremendously as a person. I remember being so excited to get to spend my days outside, meeting new people and making new friends, all while doing activities I love.
However, as the time came to start the staff application process, I started to have doubts. Professors began offering me research positions and I saw impressive internships that could give me a look into future professions. Was a summer camp really the best option? Was this something I would regret? Would future employers see “summer camp counselor” on my resume and wonder why I hadn’t done something more “professional”?
The more I thought about these questions though, the less doubt I had. I knew that camp was the place I could grow the most as a person, and have fun doing it. Similarly, I knew I could learn personal and professional skills at Falling Creek that would cross disciplines and help me throughout life. I began making a list of the most important things I know I can get out of my time at Falling Creek, and how they could help me throughout any future endeavor. This brought me to the five key skills that working at Falling Creek will teach me: responsibility, attention to detail, selflessness, leadership, and tenacity.