Dan Fleshler of the New York Times writes about the healthy and relevant debate about whether college age adults should return to their summer home at camp as staff or get a unpaid internship.
We at OSRUI believe that working at camp is the “most real job you can have”. As a member of our staff, you are responsible for the health, safety, well-being, and fun of the most important person in someones life, their child, family member, or friend.
“What I do there matters,” she insisted. In several conversations, she told us about helping a camper cope with her mother’s debilitating depression and comforting others whose parents were fighting or separating, about aiding 11- and 12-year-olds who were coming to terms with their sexuality, battling anorexia, confronting body fear. She talked about the many hours devoted to water-skiing lessons, about instilling the confidence needed by awkward, gawky, painfully self-conscious 8- and 9-year-olds to stay prone in the water, hold on to the rope, then rise up and stay on their feet as the boat pulled away. “What’s more important than that?” she asked.
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