I had three incredible summers working as a camp counsellor for a special needs camp in the Pocono's. Each was as different, challenging and enjoyable as the next. I remember coming back for my second year, arriving on the first day and feeling as though I had come back to my second home.
Because that's what camp is to so many (counsellors and campers included) - it's a home. Every part of camp from the dining hall to the waterfront, from the first bunk you lived in to the canteen holds an individual, special memory that no matter where you are in the world, you will look back on with a smile.
Camp has had an astounding influence on my life and the way I see the world. Working with children with behavioural difficulties in an environment like summer camp opens your eyes more than any other job or class could. The people you met become your family and even if you went ten years without speaking or seeing some of them, you could still catch up like you'd only seen each other yesterday.
I know I'm not the only one who has been an international camp counsellor but I certainly shouldn't be one of the last ones who come from around the world to work at a summer camp. To deny thousands of people globally to experience what summer camp has to offer would not only be a disservice to them, but a disservice to the campers, summer camp industry and the people of America.