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Why Working at Camp is the Best Thing You Can Do With Your Summer! 

By Dylan Singer, Assistant Director 

There are many things you could do with your summer, so why come spend it at OSRUI? While our year-round staff might be a bit biased, we believe this is the best summer job you could get. It has the perfect combination of skill building, responsibility, and fun! See for yourself in this top 5 list.  

1.The Camp Experience You’ll love your job! Ask anyone who has worked at camp before, and they will tell you there is no better way to spend your summer. Your “office” is outside, you get to go tubing, hang out and go down waterslides every day, and spend time with friends. At camp you get to unplug from technology and be a part of a welcoming in-person community. Plus, you’ll leave the summer with stories and memories to last a lifetime!    

2. Build Your Resume We know that building professional skills is important throughout the summer, and camp will provide many opportunities to work on marketable skills. Throughout the summer, you will be responsible for leading others, improve your communication and public speaking skills, make decisions, become a better multi-tasker, work on conflict resolution and much more.  Very few internships give you the level of responsibility and supervision opportunities as being a camp counselor. Here, you have the chance to step up in meaningful ways, and we will send you home knowing how to highlight that on a resume. 


3. Make an Impact  Being at camp pushes you to be your best self each and every day. Counselors serve as role models for campers and help shape the next generation. You will be a partner in kids building confidence, creating strong friendships, instilling a love for Judaism, and so much more. At the end of the summer, you’ll leave knowing you have made a difference in the lives of your campers and fellow staff members.

4. Network  Coming to summer camp exposes you to a wide variety of people, some of whom you might never have met. Our summer team is made up of professionals from around the country, Rabbis, Cantors and Educators, international staff from Israel, Europe and across the Americas, and so many others. You never know who you might meet, whether it be a lifelong friend, or a professional connection.

5. Join a welcoming in person community  Enjoy a summer away from Zoom screens to connect with a compassionate community. At camp we celebrate being together and are excited to reconvene safely in person this summer. Take on a challenging role in a nurturing environment with people who care about your success.  


Still don’t believe us? Check out these articles in the New York Times and Foundation for Jewish Camp  Have questions? Email Assistant Director, Dylan Singer.  Ready to apply? Click here.