We caught up with Conor Bridgeman, a well versed Camp Counsellor, and he’s here to tell you everything you’ve wanted to know about Camp USA. Take it away Conor!
Firstly, I spent my summer in Vermont. Camp Killooleet to be exact.
In beautiful Hancock Vermont is where I spent two consecutive summers in a row. To say I had some of the best times of my life is an understatement. Camp has this amazing atmosphere that you know all about if you just talk to someone who was a counsellor there before. I won’t go on about that too much here. Instead, I’ll try give you an idea what it is like, besides the amazingly addictive atmosphere. So, what I find people ask the most about the summers there are what you do each day and what your schedule is. Let me give a general day for camp Killooleet and my roles.
A general day starts when the bell, literally a giant bell, rings to wake you up for breakfast. After breakfast you do cabin clean up with the campers. You can make it fun though – we liked to sing cheesy songs or dance for our cabin clean up. Counsellors would have to check out how they did and make sure the campers did a good job, and one of the fun things we did with the campers was, as a final task before they could leave, that they would have to dance with a counsellor. This could turn out to be anything from break dancing to the hoe-down so it’s always entertaining! Next there will be two periods of activities with a break in between. Following this is a meal, then rest hour, followed by two more periods with a break in between and another meal. After this it is time for everyone to relax before the evening event happens.
Okay, now you know the general layout of a day. Now, onto my roles. So, I was a swim and music counsellor at camp Killooleet. As part of being a counsellor I had different responsibilities. As a general counsellor, I was assigned a cabin and was that cabin’s counsellor along with two others. All this means is you probably sleep in the same cabin as the kids, don’t worry you have your own sectioned off room, and will be the person they go to if they have issues first. Generally, you will get them to bed, take care of them during the day and do cabin clean up with them, and also prepare them for activities if they need help.
As a music counsellor it was my job to take care of the equipment, run the activity periods of music, encourage music all around camp, and to run the sings that generally happened once a week. Sings are so much fun – counsellors and campers would audition, and I would set up the running order making sure everyone knew songs well enough to perform or get them to that level.
Finally, I was also a swim counsellor. I would be assigned a cabin or two and work with them mainly and have periods with them on the lake where I had to improve their swimming abilities or just encourage them to be comfortable in the water. You judge the cabin and their attitude.
To end I will share one of my favourite activities at camp. On Sundays, we would have what was known as ‘Special Events’. This is exactly what you dream of as a kid. Simply put, it’s a camp wide Capture the Flag with two halves of camp against the other. I cannot emphasise enough how much fun this is. You would have to pay top dollar and book way in advance in order to do this anywhere else, if it was even available!
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