These are just some of the relevant skills that staff learns and develops at camp. What staff gets to learn about themselves, others, and holding a job is an endless list!
Communication is a key skill learned at camp – talking with others effectively, exchanging information, and connecting with campers, peers and supervisors are something that happens all of the time at camp. Staff will have the opportunity to learn how to communicate with others politely, effectively, and face to face (not behind the screen of a phone)!
Empathy is a capacity that staff learns at camp as they learn to understand and share the feelings of others — both like them and different from them. Staff will gain empathy for their co-counselors, supervisors, and their campers as they spend the day in and day out with them and learn about their backgrounds, ideals, and more.
Critical thinkers are developed at camp as the staff is put into circumstances where they are forced to analyze and evaluate situations and subsequently form a judgment and take action. No matter what activity staff and campers are at (the pool, archery, or soccer) staff will need to critically think in clear, rational ways – informed by evidence and act upon their thinking. Staff is supervised by ‘coaches’ instead of managers that help them through this process both in the moment and during reflection.
Collaboration is a necessary skill for the workplace in the 21st century and it is on display every day here at camp! Staff work alongside and with each other in order to craft and create the best day possible (safe and fun) for their campers. Without collaboration, camp simply would not function.
Problem-solving is imperative for our staff to hone and develop. It is a skill that staff learns as they need to find solutions to complex problems, issues, disagreements, etc, on a minute-to-minute basis at camp. Practicing this skill to the extent that staff does at camp allows them to end the summer being masters of solving problems!
Social responsibility is an obligation to ethical behavior by a person or company. We at Breezemont Day Camp are proud to say that our company has a strong social responsibility program and our staff is able to learn the importance of social responsibility all the time! Since staff is working with youth, they have the opportunity to learn what it feels like to ‘give back’ — although many of our campers come from well to do families, the feeling of helping a camper learn a new skill or come out of their comfort zone is just amazing! Staff also have the opportunity to work with campers who are awarded a scholarship to attend camp, help with charitable giving during our BZMT Gives Back Week, and learn about a charity extremely close to our heart: Project Morry
Leadership is something not often taught or learned in schools. The only way to gain the important skill of leadership is by practicing it and by getting experience leading others. At camp, the staff is given the opportunity to lead campers who are younger than them as well as be a leader and role model for their peers.