As the summer draws closer, thousands of young college students are preparing to spend their summer working at a sleepaway camp. While some of these counselors are returners, for many others it will be their first time embarking on such an experience. Our guest blog this week was originally posted the Camp Weequahic Blog on February 22, 2014, and is a preview of camp for those counselors who are wondering what to expect.
We spend our entire ‘off season’ finding and training the best group of camp counselors. One of the biggest questions we ask ourselves about each candidate is “Will this person serve as a great mentor and role
model for our campers?”
We recently heard a great description of a mentor: someone who walks beside or behind the one with whom they are working. When walking around camp, you can see this principle in action – kids laughing and learning next to young men and women who are there for them.
The term ‘mentor’ comes from Greek mythology.Odysseus, when leaving for the Trojan War, placed his son under the care of a good friend named Mentor. Athena, the goddess of wisdom and courage, later assumed the guise of Mentor in order to interact with and guide both Telemachus and Odysseus.
While our counselors are not ‘mythically powered’, they do come to Weequahic brimming with energy and prepared to give each child their best. Most want to become teachers and coaches later and life and see camp as a great opportunity to build a fun and safe community. Many were campers themselves and look forward to creating the same awesome experience that was created for them.
We at Weequahic are thrilled to create a situation in which college aged and older men and women serve as consistent, patient and committed mentors for our campers.