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Staff Giving Back What Camp Gave to Them

Handicrafts StaffSome campers know from the beginning that they want to work their way up to staff, and some apply after never dreaming of working at Camp Ondessonk. Regardless, being a camp counselor is fueled by wanting to give campers that life-changing experience that they had when they were in their shoes.

Everything at Camp Ondessonk revolves around programming for the campers, but Camp relies on the expertise and passion from its staff members in order to help create that safe environment for campers to grow in. But, the kids aren’t the only ones who get something out of the experience.

Clare Wangard explains how “being a staff member has really opened my eyes to what I want to do and where I want to work, and it has also really helped with my confidence and my abilities to lead.”

Time and time again, Camp Ondessonk’s Executive Director reminds every generation of staff that these are “the good old days” and that being a camp counselor is one of the “best jobs you’ll ever have,” and many have already experienced the differences between this job and others:

“I think Camp Ondessonk is unique compared to other places I’ve worked because it’s a place I get to work with kids, and when the kids are having fun and I’m having fun, I’m doing my job. It’s not a strict schedule; if I see something that I want to do with the kids, we can do it, and it’s all about making a good experience for the campers,” Unit Staff Sean Licata says.

Dan King additionally notes that, “Although being a camper counselor is one of the hardest jobs in the world, it’s also one of the most rewarding.”

Being a Camp Ondessonk staff member is an experience like no other, and it’s evident that each and every counselor here wants to give back what Camp has given to them.


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