Day in the Life

6 Things I Learned as an Oncology Camp Counselor

Camp VIP (Victory in Progress) is a special session held at Camp Courage for children with cancer or blood disorders and their siblings. Kids at these sessions get a much needed break from hospitals and treatments and spend a week just being kids.

ONE: By watching this group run and play and make new friends, you see that they are all still just kids. Their youthful innocence and enthusiasm is ever-present at camp.

TWO: They are living through serious diagnoses, trusting their doctors and nurses to help them and coming to camp without their parents.

THREE: These kids have been stretched emotionally and physically with their own diagnosis, or dealing with a sibling’s illness. From outward appearances, you would hardly know this was a camp for children with challenges. They are amazingly positive and bounce back quickly from setbacks.

Medical Knowledge
FOUR: These kids know a lot more about medical procedures than a majority of the population. While some of us are confused during a routine doctor’s check-up, these kids know about medications, side effects and what they can do to help themselves or their siblings.

FIVE: [...]
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Day in the Life: Summer Camp Lifeguard

1 7:00-9:00 a.m.: Wake up & attend staff meeting
After helping campers to get up and ready for the day and eating breakfast, the lifeguards attend the program staff meeting. Here, they discuss the events of the day, plus make plans for leading the evening program with activities like arts and crafts, a dance, games and more!

29:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lifeguarding around camp
After the meeting, the lifeguards head to their assigned area for the day. There is plenty of water action around camp, so they could be assigned to the pool, waterfront or mud pit! Lifeguards ensure boaters’ and swimmers’ safety during the campers’ exciting day!

312:30-2:30 p.m.: Lunch and a break
At 12:30, everyone meets up with their cabin for lunch. Just after lunch comes rest hour where campers can play games, relax, take a nap or just hang out. The lifeguards use this time to recoup after a busy morning.

42:30-5:30 p.m.: More lifeguarding!
During hot afternoons, the waterfront can get busy with boat rides, swimmers, fishers and mud pit divers! Lifeguards must stay alert and prepared for any situation that could arise.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: [...]
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Day in the Life: Summer Camp Counselor

6:30 am: Wake up
6:30 may seem early, but with all the fun to be had each day, an early start is essential! The best way to start each morning is with a reminder to yourself of the camp motto, “Camp is for the campers” and vow to make that day the best it can be for each individual at camp.

6:30-8:00 am: Wake up the campers
Waking up the campers involves helping them out of bed and assisting in whatever morning cares they need. This can include helping them get dressed or assisting in teeth brushing, whatever they need.

8:00 am: Breakfast
Time for the first journey to the dining hall for the day. Getting yourself and your campers a solid breakfast puts the day on a good path. There is also coffee, and other forms of caffeine as necessary.

9:00-12:00: Activities
Morning activities vary by day, week and session. There are tons of things to do around camp, a few favorite morning activities are arts & crafts, swimming, fishing and biking.

12:00: Lunch
Lunch is usually another dining hall affair, but once a week your cabin will have a picnic outside. These are a fun way to relax outside with the campers and offer a nice switch in the routine. The dining hall provides a basket of picnic lunch and away you go [...]
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