Professionalizing Staff Experience – 2023
To camp insiders, there is no debate around the value of a summer camp counselor experience. However, young professionals with this job included on their resumes are struggling to communicate the skills this position fosters and their transferability into corporate settings. This piece, developed by SAC, dives into the broadness of the camp counselor role and the increasing demand to improve the public perception of this job. Their solution includes a series of specialized internship roles, that can be incorporated into a counselor’s job description for a summer, which will provide a more enriching and targeted growth opportunity within that individual’s field of study or area of interest. They predict that not only will this benefit the staff member’s experience and enhance their resume, but ultimately these investments will reverse the cycle of young staff members leaving the camp community to pursue summer internships. [Click here] to explore their research and recommendations.