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YMCA Camp Wapsie

Senior Counselor

January - August 2022 • Coggon, IA

What I liked

Working at Camp Wapsie this summer was life-changing to say the least. The environment is so supportive and the kids are great. Everyone on staff pushes each other to do their best with amazing results. As a counselor you have the ability to change a kid's life and create an unforgettable week for them. This experience was extremely gratifying and helped me grow so much as a person.

What I wish was different

There is very little that I wish had been different. Some of the equipment at camp is worn-down and old, but counselors really make the best out of it.

Advice

Get as much sleep as you can. Make sure to take naps during your time off. Take care of yourself to make sure you are able to give the job your all.
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Camp Counselor/Various Positions

June 2019 • Coggon, IA

What I liked

Working here has changed me for the better. I have learned so many useful skills, as well as made friends that will last forever. I couldn't think of a better place to spend my summers.

What I wish was different

Summers are HOT out there, and it can be hard to be away from friends and family. But Wapsie has it's own little community and support system built in, so its not bad!

Advice

Just be ready to work hard. It can be difficult, but the rewarding feeling makes it worth it.
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Junior Counselor

June 2021 • Coggon, IA

What I liked

I love being able to work with kids! The activity options at camp are extensive and engaging. Camp harnesses kids' creativity and pushes them to try new things outside of their comfort zone. Counselors are given the opportunity to take charge by leading activities and games. This builds important improvisation and organization skills. The community counselors form during the summer is accepting and fun.

What I wish was different

While camp has a rustic charm, the cabins (especially on girls end) are old and can get very hot in the summer. Activities often have dated equipment, but campers and counselors make the most of it.

Advice

This job is one of the most exhausting ways to spend a summer, a lot of pressure is put on counselors to perform and be there for their children. Take advantage of your time off and sleep as much as possible. Along with that, spending time with other counselors during your time off is a good way to recharge and build community.
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Camp Counselor

June 2021 • Coggon, IA

What I liked

I loved working with kids and being outside.

What I wish was different

Taken a moment to really enjoy it because it ended so fast.

Advice

Go in with all you got but pace yourself.
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