Camp Counselors Swear They’re Gaining Relevant Resumé Experience
Sources close to several Boston College students working as camp counselors over the summer confirmed that these Eagle camp counselors all firmly believed that they were gaining “relevant” and “meaningful” experiences and skills in their summer work that would “directly translate to their jobs in the real world.”
These same sources, many of whom are finance interns in New York City, said that the counselors’ summer jobs were “adorable” and that they too could relate because they worked at camps in high school and middle school, when they didn’t have a care in the world and “weren’t concerned about stacking their LinkedIn profiles or making more than eleven dollars an hour.”
Despite being put down by their peers, some counselors were able to stand up for their jobs. While many of the Eagles working as camp counselors were unavailable to comment because they were too sunburnt, covered in mud, or currently hooking up with one of their coworkers, a couple were available to speak.
One of these counselors is Abbey Anderson (LSOE ’17), who works at Camp Pumpernickle in Wellesley, MA, says that she sees the best of both worlds in her camp job: “I get to have fun but also learn neat skills like time-management, quick decision making, and ability to cooperate and collaborate with coworkers. And I think I want to work with kids in the future. It’s a pretty great gig, honestly.”
Another counselor, Ricky Vazquez (MCAS ’16) from Wiki Wiki Day Camp in San Diego, CA, noted that he “definitely could have gotten a real job” in something like consulting or law if he wanted, but instead took the camp job and doesn’t see this decision as a problem in his future employment because of what he’s learning as a leader and with the ability to communicate well to others.
At press time, all forty-two of Boston College’s Orientation Leaders were beating someone up in a back alley who compared their job to being a camp counselor.