Interview with a camp counselor

The following interview was conducted with Laurel Kolb, a camp counselor at Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp for nine years. She has some great advice for prospective camp employees.

1. What made you decide to become a camp counselor?

I was a camper for nine years and absolutely loved it. When I was too old to be a camper I wanted to work there, so I became a counselor.

2. Did you have a tough time deciding on which camp to work for?

Nope. I was a camper at Spruce Lake for nine years…that's where I wanted to work.

3. What type of camp did you work for?

Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp- It's a retreat center year round. The wilderness camp runs in summer time for kids. It's a Christ-centered camping experience for kids.

4. What was your best experience as a counselor at summer camp?

Watching kids discover God in the nature around them. Especially the city kids.

5. What was your worst experience as a counselor at summer camp?

Homesick campers and campers who fought with each other all week long.

6. What are some things that you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Camp counseling is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but it was also one of the hardest things I did. I needed lots of support and prayer! Having trusted friends to talk to was hugely important.

7. Do you have any more advice to give prospective summer camp employees?

Build relationships with your fellow counselors. You are not in it alone! Learn from each other's experiences. Have fun! Camping with kids is the most fun I've had in a summer. You learn as much from them as they do from you! And just love your kids. Some of these kids don't get as much love in the families they come from. Someone who shows interest in them is hugely important to them!