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YMCA of Greater Seattle

Program Supervisor

January 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The kids were a joy to work with over the summer, and while we weren't able to do as much due to COVID, we still provided a quality program for the youth

What I wish was different

COVID!

Advice

Be flexible, and really listen to the kids and what they want to do.
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Camp Counselor

May 2015 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Being able to interact with children on a day to day basis and make an impact in their lives

What I wish was different

Advice

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Camp counselor

June 2015 - August 2019 • Sammamish, WA

What I liked

The people and the work.

What I wish was different

The management.

Advice

Learn quickly.
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • Shoreline, WA

What I liked

I really liked my coworkers, and it was a fun work environment.

What I wish was different

The days were long, and it was a tiring job.

Advice

You have to be patient with kids.
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Sea Kayaking Instructor/ Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • Orcas, WA

What I liked

Working with Camp Orkila was great because it was a very supportive environment, but also pushed me to excel. I learned a lot about kayaking, but also gained experience leading high school-age campers and how to be a supportive presence in someone's life. The camp is located in a beautiful corner of the world that I wish more people could experience!

What I wish was different

A bit more direction in how to balance time off and time at work, which can be difficult for some people to learn without help (like me).

Advice

Be open to learning, even if you have prior experience, because this environment is designed to constantly improve your skill set. You can gain a lot by watching and listening to the other workers who know a lot about how to best support the campers.
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2018 • Eastsound, WA

What I liked

The atmosphere and interactions between coworkers is very positive, and it was super amazing to work with so many kids.

What I wish was different

Would have liked higher or hourly pay, as the job is classified "exempt" and technically makes less than minimum wage.

Advice

It's important to rely on teammates a lot in this job. Working with so many kids can be draining if taken on alone.
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2018 • Preston, WA

What I liked

Loved working outside with kids, loved management and coworkers.

What I wish was different

Advice

If you like working with kids at all, and you’re not sure what to do in the summer, this is a great opportunity
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