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From Camper to Counselor to Researcher
Lots of us have a great time working at camp as a summer job, and then we go on to become teachers, journalists, nurses . . . you name it!
But what if you realized that you wanted to have camp as a career?
Cass Morgan, an ACA research assistant and current PhD candidate at the University of Utah, explains the path she has taken to get a career in camp. Cass’ early experience was probably a lot like yours — she started out as a camper and then became a counselor.
Watch this video to learn what inspired Cass to pursue a career in camp, what you should expect if you’re interested in being a camp professional, and the opportunities you can take advantage of to help you get there.
Top 5 Tips from Cass
- Stay current on necessary certifications, and take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities.
- In college, take courses that will help you learn administration and marketing skills. Also, take recreation-specific courses that will teach you program planning, leadership, and camp management.
- Get experience at different camps to gain a better understanding of the profession. Work with varying camp models, types of campers, types of staff, and settings.
- Research shows just how important the camp experience is to the development of children and youth, so be proud of the work you are doing.
- If you are passionate about working with kids through a camp experience, you CAN have a career in camp!