What I wish was different
The pay. I walked away with $2,000 (which includes the 400 they give you for travel, so it's really 1,600) which I feel was truly not enough. Being a counselor for the youngest age group was very demanding (you are a full time summer parent) and $1,600 was not enough for everything this job entailed. I loved my campers, but I felt incredibly overworked and taken advantage of for pay that I received.
Color war (which is a three day event at the end of the summer) was debatably the worst three days that I have experienced. During color war time off is essentially nonexistent. The staff and the campers are exhausted and stretched thin. Every staff member that I talked to hated Color War because of how physically and emotionally exhausting it was. Almost all of my campers really disliked Color War as well, they couldn't catch a break. Rest hour was filled with activities and the only rest they got was at 9 at night. I wished that this event was not so intense for the campers and especially for the staff.