7 ways to prepare for your first time as a camp counsellor

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1. Go on your camp’s website & social media. In fact, don’t just go on the website, but totally exhaust it. Read absolutely everything you can about the place where you’re going to be spending your summer, even the stuff that doesn’t really seem to apply to you… all information about your camp is good information to have! Then go check out all their social media accounts too – find out if they’ve got a Youtube channel and watch all the videos they’ve ever made!

2. Join your camp’s staff group on Facebook. OK, not every camp will have one, but I’m pretty sure most do – it’s a great way to give info to everyone at once. Use the group to find people who might be traveling to camp on the same day as you and ask as many questions as you like… use the returning staff as a resource – they can probably answer every single one of your questions!

3. Get used to being active. Camp is going to be a whirlwind of activity and action. You won’t be sleeping as well as you do at home and so you need to be prepared so all those kids don’t wear you out. Make sure you’re prepared by getting in shape and eating right before you go. I’m a huge fan of the Rip60 program, you can do it from anywhere, it’s for all levels of fitness and its even portable enough to bring with you to camp so you can work off all those s’mores!

4. Find other people who have worked at summer camp and ask them a bajillion questions. You can do this either through your camp’s Facebook group, or perhaps you know someone who has been to camp before. Some of the agencies even have forums where you can ask as many questions as you like! But honestly, one of the best ways to put your mind at ease is to get answers to all the little questions you have running around your mind.

5. Do a practice pack to make sure you’ve got absolutely everything you need. I’m one of those weird people that actually likes packing – it always makes me really excited for my travels! If this is your first time going to camp it might help your nerves if you do a little practice pack so that you can see what fit and what doesn’t and maybe adjust your packing list slightly and then when it comes to packing for real, you’ll be done in no time!

6. Have some ideas for lessons and games before you get there (either in your head or write it all down in a notebook you’ve bought especially for camp). One thing that will make you feel more relaxed about the whole thing is if you feel prepared. And getting some lesson plan ideas down on paper is a great start.

7. Breathe. It’s all going to fine. In fact it’s going to be more than fine. It’s going to be AMAZING. I promise.

Come Visit Camp Sky Crest

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Camp Sky Crest is a rustic camp teaching traditional YMCA values of respect, caring, responsibility & honesty. Lifelong friendships are created here in a safe & nurturing environment.  geared towards children ages 7-14, but is also a wide range of services.  Camp Sky Crest offers specialty and teen programming, family camp & parent/child weekends. It is a co-ed facility offering both tent and cabin based overnight experiences.  The Camp is located in Hawley, Pennsylvania.  


This Camp has a wide variety of specialized camps ranging from artistic to sporty.  These camps include:

  • Acting
  • Baseball
  • Canoe Trips
  • Cooking
  • Football
  • Go Karts
  • Golf
  • Horseback/English
  • Horseback/Western
  • Leadership Training
  • Soccer
  • Special Needs


General Activities at Camp Sky Crest include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camping Skills
  • Canoeing
  • Community Service
  • Environmental Ed
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Nature Study
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Swim Instruction
  • Swim Recreation
  • Team Building


Building on these these strengths, Camp Sky Crest will focus on respect for mankind and respect for nature and our natural resources.  Each child will be responsible for making sure they have cleaned up after themselves to reduce their footprint on Earth.  Children can be quite messy as we all know.  A few of the items we have found left behind include: Clothing such as compression socks and shorts, electronics such as watches and phones, and sporting equipment such as bats and footballs.  Not only does this waste money their parents worked hard to make, but the items such as phones and electronic devices can leach toxic chemicals into the ground.  Because of this, we teach our campers to do sweeps through their tents, the surrounding area and bunks to ensure nothing is left behind.  Any items left longer than 14 days will be donated to the local YMCA.  Surprisingly enough,  the compression socks that were left are high quality compression socks.  Check them out at www.topratedcompressionsocks.com if you want to see the best of the best and find out all of the pros and cons.