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Top 35 Camp Counselor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 35
What makes you a good role model?
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Question 2 of 35
Do you enjoy being active with the kids?
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Time to be enthusiastic! Absolutely! Tell the interviewer why you love being active with the children. Why this is your passion, what fun activities you enjoy doing with the kids, and why this makes you a perfect candidate for this camp counselor position.
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Question 3 of 35
Can you keep personal electronics aside for the duration of the camp?
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This answer must absolutely be yes. If you can not devote your full attention to the children, then another job is probably better for you. Answer this question with confidence, tell the interviewer, Absolutely. Tell them your number one priority will be the camp, and focusing on the children that they are fully engaged in the camp activities.
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Question 4 of 35
What is the most difficult part of being a Camp Counselor for you?
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This is a great chance to provide an honest answer which shows you're thinking in-depth of the camping experience. An example: Tell the interviewer your number one goal is to make sure every child is fully able to participate in each activity, and you know that is difficult to ensure, and why you find it to be a challenge. This is something you work on, and think about throughout your day as a counselor. This type of answer, shows a high level of passion that you have, and why you would make a great counselor.
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Question 5 of 35
What age groups do you have experience working with?
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If you have no experience, this question will most likely be skipped from the start. Otherwise, tell the interviewer specific age groups. Do not say 'All age groups'. If you have worked with all age groups, break it down for the interviewer. Say I've worked with kids aged 9-11 at Camp Wakatooie in the summer of 2013. Then I worked with youth ages 5-13 at the local YMCA summer youth program, where we did so and so activities. If you only have had one experience working with youth, reinsure the interviewer that you can work with their age group by saying you enjoy being around all ages of children, and look forward to working with their group.
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Question 6 of 35
Did you attend camp as a child?
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Question 7 of 35
What experience do you have in leading others?
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Question 8 of 35
What are the three greatest strengths you bring to this position?
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Question 9 of 35
Camp is designed to be an educational event for kids. Give examples of what kids learn from camp.
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Question 10 of 35
What skills or interests do you have that would make you a great camp counselor?
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Question 11 of 35
What do you think you will dislike the most about this job?
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Question 12 of 35
How would you handle a child who was misbehaving and not following instructions?
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Question 13 of 35
Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
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Question 14 of 35
How do you keep your kids under control?
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Question 15 of 35
What would you do if a parent was angry with you for the way you handled a situation with their child?
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Question 16 of 35
What have you heard about being a camp counselor?
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Question 17 of 35
What experiences do you have with kids?
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Question 18 of 35
How have you changed as a result of being a counselor?
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Question 19 of 35
Are there any age groups you would prefer not working with?
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Question 20 of 35
Do you have a high level of patience?
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Question 21 of 35
Why do you want to be a camp counselor?
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Question 22 of 35
What do you know about this camp?
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Question 23 of 35
Do you know any of the other camp counselors?
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Question 24 of 35
If a kid is testing your patience, how would you react?
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Question 25 of 35
What made you decide to apply for a job as a camp counselor?
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Question 26 of 35
When did you realize you wanted to be counselor?
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Question 27 of 35
What would be your number one goal at this camp, if you were a camp counselor?
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Question 28 of 35
How do you think you will handle a job that literally requires you to live at it?
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Question 29 of 35
Have you ever worked with a child with a disability?
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Question 30 of 35
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 31 of 35
What is your biggest weakness?
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Question 32 of 35
What do you love most about being a camp counselor?
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Question 33 of 35
How much experience do you have working with children?
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Question 34 of 35
Are you aware that it is within poor judgement to be alone with a kid? How do you prevent this type of situation?
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Question 35 of 35
How would you break up a fight among kids?
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Question 1 of 35
What makes you a good role model?
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I am dependable, trustworthy, punctual, and a hard worker. I always strive to do the right thing and I put 100% of my effort into my task.
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I am dedicated to making sure everything I approach is to my personal standard of excellence, and look at every new situation as a learning experience.
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Probably because I am true to myself which hopefully encourages other participants to also be true to themselves.
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My professional behavior with the ability to let loose and have fun. When I can do that it helps kids see that there is a time where you will have to be a little more focused and that there is also a time for fun. Which I plan on having a lot of this summer.
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I am kind, I treat everyone I accept everyone and treat them fairly, I have clear values and goals, just because obstacles are presented to me doesnt mean I cant overcome them, I always want to help others.
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I think that I would be a good role model because I try to be ambitious, to do my best and to be compassionate and considerate about others. I think that a good role model cares about others, and is driven to do the best that they can.
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I am positive, respectful, responsible, and I try to be motivational as well. These qualities make me a good role model.
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I always keep a positive attitude and try to make the best out of any situation.
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I think the thing that makes me a good role model is that I am out going and easy to talk to. The campers would beable to open up with me any time. I also set good examples for others.
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I am an older sibling, I have experience as an instructor and have led a bronze expedition.
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I am a great role model because I have the knowledge and the experience to set a great example to how a camp councilor should be.
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I have a younger sister and know how to handle any situation that may need my attention.
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I am a good role model because I follow the rules while still being courteous and kind to others.
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Open and energetic in trying new things. Aim to try and please people and make them have a good time as well. Helped out in the community off my own back.
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I am kind, patient and attentive.
Question 2 of 35
Do you enjoy being active with the kids?
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I love being active and I also love teaching kids how to do sports so in conclusion I would enjoy being active with kids.
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I love it. Playing with the kids is the best part because they look up to you and that is so rewarding.
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I love being active with the kids. In fact it is amazing seeing how kids interact with one another, and how they interact with the counselors and specialists. I also enjoy expanding my energy and seeing children expanse theirs on fun activities such as sports, and other recreational activities at summer camp, all while being an summer camp counselor.
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I love being active with kids; it keeps me on my toes. Kids always seem to relentless energy and enthusiasm and I love to be part of that .
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I thoroughly enjoy being active with kids. Most children have infinite energy and it can be great fun to not only supervise but be a part of their enjoyment in the activities and develop their skills and experiences.
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Yes. Children have a positivity and energy about them that makes you feel as though you want to run around with them all day. Being active together is also a great way to get to know each other and gain relationships through activities.
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Yes I do enjoy being active with the kids very much. Ive been an athlete my whole life and I love really interacting with kids because I thinkits important for them to see their counselors sort of on a more common level as them.
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Yes, being active with the kids gives me the opportunity to bond with the kids.
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Yes. As a kid I was always active and it continutes throughout the years and now I am majoring in exercise science and very passionate about fitness and health, especually in little kids.
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Sometimes. I think sometimes you should participate in games with the kids, and other times, the kids should get to play by themselves.
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I love working with kids. I am happy to run around playing tag or sitting quietly on the floor. I find it especially rewarding helping them grow and make friends.
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Yes, I have always been an athlete and still am involved with sports and I love being involved with children.
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Absolutely! I love being active! I am involved with many sports teams and clubs. I enjoy getting outside and being active on a daily basis!
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Yes, I love it. I took child development I because it was a course requirement at school, but after that course, I learned a lot and I knew that I wanted to make a career focused on growth and development of children.
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I love to move around and have fun with the campers, because I know that I loved it when my counselor would do that for me.
Question 3 of 35
Can you keep personal electronics aside for the duration of the camp?
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Yes of course, unless there is a situation where I will need to contact someone incase of an emergency.
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During camp sessions I will be able to resist using any personal electronics.
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Yes. My phone would never be in my hand or pocket. I will give all attention to the kids.
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Yes. I would keep my phone on me in case of emergencies, but I would not use it for personal reasons during work hours.
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Yes I most certainly can, because in fact I am not there to listen to or play on my electronics I am there to be an support to children, and besides electronics are a distraction away from the attention that I am supposed to have on the children at all times.
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Yes I can. I am not really that attached to my personal electronics. I will bring my cellphone for emergencies just in case something were to happen or if we were to get lost.
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Absolutely. I believe part of the immersion into an outdoor setting involves leaving pervasive electronics like cell phones at home or away.
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Of course. I have no problem not using my phone at camp. Phones are not meant for camp.
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Yes, most definitely. Camp is way more fun without electronics.
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I most certainly can keep my electronics aside for the duration of the camp.
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I would put my phone on silent or it in the locker.
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Yes when I am working I focus on what needs to be focused on and I put everything important aside.
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Yes I would be able to. During school I keep my electronic away to be able to concentrate.
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Yes, I love being in it not to be in the web world all the time. As long as I can talk to my family sometimes I will be fine.
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Yes. With little kids running around, my focus will be on making them happy. The only thing I would want to do is take pictures with them. I enjoy doing that with the kids I babysit and coach.
Question 4 of 35
What is the most difficult part of being a Camp Counselor for you?
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The most difficult part would not to understand the needs of campers.
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Trying to ensure that all children have a say in the daily activities, and are having an authentic engaging learning experience.
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The ability to make sure that every camper is attended to and has the best experience possible.
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The most difficult part of being a camp counselor for me has been spreading my time out evenly to the campers. I find that when I have a camper who may need some extra attention its sometimes hard to decide to give them that attention or to pt the rest of the campers into perspective.
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The most difficult part of being a camp counselor for me would be living with the constant worry and fear that I am not a good enough leader for them spiritually,
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The most difficult part of being a camp counselor for me would be living with the constant worry and fear that I am not a good enough leader for them spiritually,
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I think that the most difficult part of being a Camp Counselor for me would be working with a very large group of children at a time. However, I think that I could overcome this through practice and experience.
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The most difficult part of being a camp counsellor for me would be having to see children I grow to know leave at the end of each week. I love to have a bond with the kids I work with, but saying goodbye to them will most likely be the most difficult part for me.
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The most difficult part for me would be that I would have to plan everything for every day to make the kids happy and enjoy there time. I realized that it may be difficult to plan everything but I enjoy being with kids and seeing them smile that makes it worth it.
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I think the most difficult part of being a camp counselor for me would be having many kids to look after and keep track of.
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There is really not anything that is presay difficult but keeping the kids entertain all throughout the summer but I just find this as a rewarding challenge.
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I would hate to leave the children at the end of the summer after forming bonds with them.
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I believe that with anything rewarding, comes struggles. Children from all different backgrounds may be attending camp. I think that there could be situations where a child is experience difficulties at home or school, and I may be the one they decide to speak to about it. It is important that I provide care and support for the child. This includes lending my ear to listen, in addition to providing resources appropriate for their situation, such as contacting child services, a director, or whoever may be appropriate to address the situation. Most importantly, it is necessary that I let all the children know that camp is a safe place to discuss anything they need to, if they feel I am a comfortable outlet for them.
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I would say when a child is going through a tough time and does not know how to communicate that with me.
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The most difficult part of being a camp counselor for me is leaving camp at the end of the day.
Question 5 of 35
What age groups do you have experience working with?
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I have experience in working with many age groups. I would baby sit my younger cousins at family gatherings, for three years I was a peer mediator for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.
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I have experience working with children ages 5-13.
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I have experience working with kids between the ages of 3 to 12
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I mostly have experience working with smaller/younger kids in elementary school.
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I have experience working with kids from ages 6-17.
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I have experience working with children ages 1 to 11 through the different paid and voluntary events I was apart of.
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I have experience with all age groups but mostly with babies up to nine year olds. For many years I have been watching my cousin who is currently nine and my sister who is currently four. Although, I also have experience in a second grade class room and I would tutor kids from grade one to six in groups of four and sometimes five.
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I am able to experience with all age groups. I have siblings from all age groups and took care of them while growing up.
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I have plenty of experience working with 13 to 19 year olds, so I think I would work best with the older campers at your camp. I feel like I can relate the most to this age group.
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I have experience with working with children from the age of 3 years old to the age of 8 years old. I much rather work with the younger children because I find it easier to interact with them.
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From as little as two months to 15 years old. I have babysat, nannied, volunteered with a daycare as well as teaching expeerience during my practicum in a grade 6, 3/4 and grade 1/2 classroom.
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Ages 3 and up, although I am more comfortable with older children.
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I mostly have experience with toddlers from babysitting and young kids from playing with them in grade school and volunteering at school fundraisers.
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I have experience working PreK students because I volenteer in their classroom once a week but I also have experience with many other ages because I babysat a lot when I was younger. I also help out in my moms classroom and she is a 4th grade teacher.
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I have experience with younger kids in preschool and kindergarten, from interning at a preschool and volunteering at my mothers kindergarten class but I also enjoy working with older kids from working at a vaction bible school at my church.
Question 6 of 35
Did you attend camp as a child?
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Yes I attended camp every summer from a very young age and it have changed me so much into the person I am today.
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I never attended camp, but I would love to be a counselor because then I would get that experience.
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I never attended general camps as a child, but I did attend a variety of program specific day camps, like art and swimming camps. I always enjoyed them.
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Yes, I attended camp as a child, and it was GREAT! my experiences with camp, and all of the valuable things that I took away from it are why I want to be a camp counsellor now. I want to have a positive impact on children like the counsellors for the several camps I attended did on me. With that said, I understand that each camp is unique and provides a different approach to camp activities and goals. From the reseach I have done, your camp seems to fit what I am looking for in a counsellor position, and I am willing to be open minded and make adjustments to meet the criteria you are looking for.
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Yes, I attended camp every summer as a child! It was an extremely enriching experience for me and I hope to make it a wonderful experience for many of the other campers!
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Yes, I have. It was a lot of fun to meet other kids and volunteers.
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Yes, It was one of the best times as a teen getting to be independent at camp and chasing my personal interests at camp.
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I did attend camp as a child. I enjoyed that experience, because it allowed me to keep active as a child, and build social skills and friendships. I remember one year I had a leader that I absolutely loved, and I believe that makes such a difference for the child. I hope that I can be a great role model, friend, leader, and supporter for a child at camp, because that truly can make their experience that much better.
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No. But I did attend after school programs that went on field trips and we spent most of the time out doors.
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I have, and I loved it so much so I hope to make these kids fall in love with camp just like I did.
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I have been to several camps as a child. I went to a preschool camp, a theatre camp at Academy for Film and Performing Arts (AFPA) in which we put on a mini version of Hairspray and I went as a teenager to Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Camp. I also went cottaging a lot as a child so I have some experience with outdoor activities.
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No I did not, but I would have like to.
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Yes, every year possible.
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I went to camps that met during the day time, not sleep away. If I ever went to sleepaway camps, one of my parents came along because it was a mother daughter retreat, or a father daughter retreat.
Question 7 of 35
What experience do you have in leading others?
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Work with Girls on the Run as an assistant coach and helping the children, work with special olympics coaching the athletes.
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Mostly the same experience as with the kids but also I took charge when it came to dividing the workload sometimes at superstore.
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I was captain of my sports teams in high school. I hold a position in my organization at school that involves delegating tasks and teaching others about our organization.
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I have experience leading others in various sports, school projects and jobs that I have had in the past. I have had to lead others in sports by teaching new techniques. I have also had to teach some new people how to do different jobs at the place that I have worked.
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I singlehandedly watched four children ages 4 - 6 in the summer of 2014. While watching them, I organized group activities and outings, as well as supervised them at meals and made sure that the activities I lead were both active and educational.
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I am very experienced with leader others. At school I am placed in many leadership positions - whether those be being a leader in a group project or even running a club. As a program leader, I lead activities but I also lead by example. When children are young, they look up to authority figures (parents, siblings, teachers, counselors) as role models. I set a good example for the children. I also try to lead in others ways as well. For instance, I also stay on task, I follow all of the safety precautions, and I ensure that the children are enjoying themselves. This sets a good example for the other staff members who may not be doing the same.
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In school I was put in several situations where I had to be the leader of a group, usually starting ideas and conversations.
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There is the classroom experience. In highschool I would often organize musical shows for the kids with some friends and lead in that. In secondary five my class and I organized many events for the kids and I got to lead a couple of them and help out. Younger I got to teach kids about nature in something called the biolab.
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I have been previously employed at a restaurant. I was employed there for almost three years. As the years went by, I became a shift leader once new employees were hired. It was my responsibility to ensure that the shift ran efficiently, and that all tasks that were required to be completed, were met. I also acted as a leader through my placement with LDANR. This required me to facilitate activities for the children, and ensure they stayed focus and listening.
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Camp Counselor at Camp Homewood for 3 years as well as being an assistant leader at Courtenay Recreation Centre where I looked after children in summer camps and supervised them through activities and the end of every camp day we would all go swimming in the pool, so I have previous experience in that as well.
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I have experience leading others by leading a shift at Mcdonalds. While I am not a manager I have the most experience and others look to me when problems arise or are unsure as what to do. I try to help explain what to do and show them how to do it, so they can handle it the next time the problem arises.
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I lead others in group projects at school by planning out everything for the long run, telling them how to divide the work and the specific due dates for each part of the project so it gets done on time with no rush. I also have experience leading during my track season.
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I have volunteered in centers where I had to be a leader. I have also had to show leadership skills at my previous positions. I believe everyday I am showing leadership skills as I have a little brother who looks up to me.
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I am a gymnastics coach who teaches various classes to kids age 2 to 12. I was also heavily involved in the Leadership program which allowed me to lead many different activities and events, which included coordinating volunteers.
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Volunteering as a craft teacher at a vbs, tutoring, babysitting, fencing,
Question 8 of 35
What are the three greatest strengths you bring to this position?
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My bubbly personality, My knowledge and skills and most importantly my patience.
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The three greatest strengths I would bring to this position would be patience, adaptability, and creativity. Interacting with younger children takes a lot patience and understanding. Children have not experienced as much as we have and do not comprehend certain things as fast as we do as adults. By me being patient with the campers, I can allow them to learn more and understand them more. Being a leader for children requires adaptability because they change their minds very quickly and do not always enjoy what activities you have planned for them. I will be flexible with campers and try to do adjust activities I might plan out for their enjoyment. I will also bring creativity because kids get bored very easy doing the same thing over and over again so I will try make a try to think out of the box to create a lot of fun, interactive activities for the campers.
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Creativity, patience, and the ability to communicate effectively in a team setting which is running at a rapid pace.
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I am organized allowing me to construct a weekly plan for parents to see what is going on. And also at the daily level keeping the day running smoothly. I am very experienced with the sport so I can identify areas in which I feel the campers may want to improve upon. I am enthusiastic, this enables me to bring a more positive and fun atmosphere to the camp environment.
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Patient, energetic, and love working with children.
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The three greatest strengths that I bring to this position would be that I am patient, listen and I am also compassionate towards other people.
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Firstly, I am a very organized person, which helps me stay on top of things in chaotic situations and make sure everyone stays safe. Secondly, I am a very high energy person, which allows me to stay on my feet all day working with excitable children without tiring out. Thirdly, I am very emphatic, which allows me to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds and helps me to resolve conflict without drama.
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I bring my patience, my hard work ethic, and my passion.
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My greatest strengths are that I am hardworking, motivated, and creative.
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Creativity, quick thinking, communication skills with kids.
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Commitment, responsibility genuine concern about the kids.
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I have a kind, motherly attitude when working with children. I feel like its better to be kind while setting yourself up as an authority. I want to be someone that they look up to, but also is approachable. If I had to list my strengths in order, kindness, an understanding nature and the ability to be both stern but fun.
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-love for outdoors -creativity and love for crafts -experience with children.
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I am responsible, resourceful and good at working with people in all different age groups.
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My greatest strength is that I am a hard worker, so I will try my hardest at every step of camp, I have a open personality so the children can come to trust me and feel safe, and I open to new ideas.
Question 9 of 35
Camp is designed to be an educational event for kids. Give examples of what kids learn from camp.
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Kids learn essential values like teamwork, co-operation, perseverance, and gain a greater sense of self. They also gain self-confidence and leadership skills.
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They can gain confidence and learn how to work effectively work in teams.
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Independence as they learn to be away from their parents. Respect for others as they will live in close proximity with other kids.
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Ability to relate to many different people, love learning from children and teaching them.
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My hope is that kids will make new friends and learn to be open to get to know new people and make new friends. But ultimately, they are here to learn about Christ and mature in their faith. I think kids can grow spiritually through their peers, but I also believe that their counselor should be that spiritual guidance in their lives while they are at camp.
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Attending camp as a child is really great way for kids to gain independence; although their led by counselors and joined by other kids, a lot of the time this kids are going into the experience alone and so it will also help build their interpersonal skills that are essential in meeting new people. Besides, being on their own, camp also provides a lot of experiences where kids have to work as a part of a team.
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You learn working with others and working as a team. There are a lot of games and activities the kids play that deal with working with other kids. This also goes a long with problem solving, patients and turn taking.
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Kids learn through playing. For example, painting pictures teaches them about shapes, colors, and textures. Also, building things out of sand helps them learn things socially through playing with other kids.
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Besides learning education related goals, like art techniques or science methods, kids also learn how to work together and develop their own sense of identity. They are away from their parents for long periods of time, which allows them the opportunity to figure themselves out by interacting with their peers in a safe environment. Kids also have the opportunity to learn cooperation and social skills.
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I think they obviously learn how to make friends, I think they also learn to try new things and meet new people.
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I think camp is extremely educational for kids, at least it was for me when I went here. I learned a lot about teamwork and it helped to break me out of being shy and I hope that I can do the same for kids in a similar situation.
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Kids can learn so many things in so many different content area from camp, and the experience may impact each child differently. Sometimes, new knowledge comes in the form of a newly mastered skill, such as knot tying or horseback riding. However, I think sometimes the more important thing that kids learn are how to let go, have confidence, and to be able to have fun and interact with an unfamiliar group of people. Creativity and spontaneity are also important things that children may learn at camp.
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Kids learn how to work as a team, being a friend to one another, and also helping others out.
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Kids learn how to express themselves through different situations as they play. They meat new people and become friends with people.
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The kids can learn manners and how to communicate and interact properly with other children and adults.
Question 10 of 35
What skills or interests do you have that would make you a great camp counselor?
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I am organised, very good management, creative thinking.
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Ability to relate to many different people, love learning from children and teaching them.
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I am currently an early childhood education major, so I have a passion for working with children. I am also very good at problem solving, conflict resolution, and being flexible.
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I am patient. Patience is a key trait in being a good leader. Especially with younger campers; they are still growing and learning, and sometimes you have to slow down a bit and get to their level of understanding, which may take some time. Patience is being able to tolerate a difficult situation without being overwhelmed or angry too quickly. These difficulties occur during camp activities and it is a great trait to have when dealing with difficult camp situations.
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I am patient. Patience is a key trait in being a good leader. Especially with younger campers; they are still growing and learning, and sometimes you have to slow down a bit and get to their level of understanding, which may take some time. Patience is being able to tolerate a difficult situation without being overwhelmed or angry too quickly. These difficulties occur during camp activities and it is a great trait to have when dealing with difficult camp situations.
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I like to take a new approach to things to make them fun. I also love working in groups of people.
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I have many skills and interests that would make me a great camp counselor. These include my involvement in clubs at school, hockey, soccer, volunteering, and work experience.
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I have good knowledge of the outdoors and I love working with kids.
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I have always loved working with children and have always wanted to be a teacher. I have also dog walked and dog sat for the past four years for three families which shows I am trust worthy and committed.
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I love to just have fun. And also, I like to play music which would be fun for the campers.
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I have four years of experience mentoring middle school aged children and a year of student teaching. Being able to be a positive role model for children is an incredible privilege and I enjoy learning from the children.
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I have experinece working with children and I have to say I enjoy it. Ive worked with many different age groups so I understand the differences of how to communicate to different age groups.
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Strong communicational and organizational skills. I am creative, energetic and enthusiastic.
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I am very outgoing, enthusiastic, and compassionate. I love working with children, and I have the charisma and leadership skills that I think can make me a great camp counselor. I love being outdoors, trying new things, and most of all, having fun! I think it is important that as a camp counselor, I make sure we are all having fun. The children are there to enjoy themselves, and I want to ensure that I make their experience that much more enjoyable.
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I have excellent coaching skills and I have a lot of experience of working with children of the age 3-8.
Question 11 of 35
What do you think you will dislike the most about this job?
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Nothing. I see all positives in the future if I get hired.
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I will absolutely dislike nothing at all, because helping children is my passion, and that is what I live for, and that is what an summer camp counselor job most importantly consists of that is helping children.
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I believe that what I would dislike most would most likely be the lack of personal space involved but that would definitely be something I could get used to and learn to enjoy.
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I do not think there is anything I would dislike about this job.
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I think that stressful situations would make it difficult sometimes. I just have to learn that stressful situations happen all the time, much like any job.
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Getting bug bites or mosquitos bites. Not a fan of those.
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Probably the heat on the hottest days. But that is something that the body and I will adapt to. Also whenever I have to discipline a kid.
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I think it will be difficult to work for such a long period of time continuously. I am not worried about the kids, or my ability to help them enjoy themselves.
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Honestly nothing, I see all positives in the future if I get hired.
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Disciplining the children, but sometimes you have to be the fun police if they are misbehaving.
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I think I would mostly dislike the fact that it is going to be very physically challenging.
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Nothing. I think that I will enjoy this job very much.
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I think I would dislike idk.
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Seeing the children getting upset or wanting to go home.
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I will dislike leaving at the end of the day most.
Question 12 of 35
How would you handle a child who was misbehaving and not following instructions?
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Make it clear that there were rules in place and that if they arent followed they wont be able to continue with th activity.
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I would check-in with the child while the rest of the group pursues the activity to see what was causing the misbehaviour. From there I would see how to best modify the activity so that the child will participate in some facet.
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I would take them aside separately and discuss their behavior with them. I would also give them special tasks to do. If need be, I would talk to their parents about the situation.
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I would ask why they were acting this way and figure a way to help the kids and try and make behave correctly and if that does work I would consider talking to the parent to see if they have specific ways to handle these situation so that can use the same method to not confuse the child.
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Bring the child closer to me and give clearer instructions.
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Remove from the situation, explain what their doing worng and have them sit quietly alone to regroup.
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I would remind the child of the rules and give a warning. If it were to occur, I would discipline the child according to the proper punishment (i. E. A punishment that is adequate to the behavior). If the child were to continue misbehaving, I would escalate and contact a supervisor for guidance and assistance.
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I would take the child aside and tell them that they get one more chance to follow directions and if they do not then they will have to sit out or go to the office.
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Give the child a warning and if the misbehaving continues, not let them participate for a few minutes.
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Talk to the child one-on-one and see why they are acting out.
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I would sternly but nicely ask him to obey and what he was doing is unacceptable.
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I would tell them to listen up. Then if that does not work I would give them 2 warnings. After 2 warnings I would sit them for a timeout. Then when I feel that the time is ready (ie 5 min) I would go and talk to them and try to find out why they were misbehaving and have them realize what they did.
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I would pull him or her aside so that I can speak to him/her calmly about the rules. If they continue to misbehave, I would take him/her out of the activity.
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I would seperate the student and discuss his behavior and figure out a solution to follow.
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I would calmly ask them again to listen to instructions and help them get back on track.
Question 13 of 35
Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
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Responsible, honest, motivated, organized and outgoing.
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Energetic, creative, flexible, dependable, positive.
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Optimistic, energetic, compassionate, creative, reflective.
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Dedicated, Committed, Experienced, Creative, Flexible.
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Compassionate, hard-working, patient, enthusiastic,
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I portray myself as an caring, optimistic, curious person.
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Responsible, mature, honest, hardworking and dedicated.
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Outgoing, punctual, team player, leader, easy going.
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Creative, enthusiastic, responsible, organized and energetic.
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Passionate, responsible, energetic, patient, organized.
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I would describe myself as being a responsible, patient, considerate, compassionate, and reliable person.
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I am creative, patient, responsible, attentive, and proactive.
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I am hardworking, trustworthy, motivated, reliable, and committed.
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Responsible. Thoughtful. Honest. Patient. Dedicated.
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Organized, Energetic, reliable, creative dedicated.
Question 14 of 35
How do you keep your kids under control?
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If the children become out of hand I would be stern and assertive with them to make it clear that such behavior is unacceptable.
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I think of fun creative way to reward them. For example each week we could have a camper of the week for being the most obedient and respectful and whoever wins gets a prize or something.
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I keep kids under control by keeping them interested in sports, and other recreational activities and never bored, and just taking the time to talk to them, and being an support system to them.
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I think its best to start out by outlining expectations. Then if things get hectic later on, you can refer back to the expectations and have a plan in place to get kids under control. Like if everyone is scattered get them back with their original buddy or play the counting game, by the time you get to 1 everyone needs to be still and quiet, procedures like that.
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By ensuring that I keep a close eye on all of the children but without coming across as strict. I like to keep sessions or activities fun and entertaining and feel that if I loose the attention of the children I would change what we were doing to re-engage.
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Try to seem assertive and try to communicate as best as I can with them.
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Set up a routine the first day in order to get their attention (ex: clapping a beat)
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I tell them to quiet down and begin a new activity to keep them interested and focused.
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I think that having discipline is as important as having fun. There need to be rules in order to stay safe while having fun. I try to discipline enough to keep everyone safe, but not too much so that they are so restricted.
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I would keep the kids under control by making everything exciting, but reminding them that in order to be able to have all the fun that is planned, they have to follow the directions and listen too.
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- At the past camps I have worked at, Iíve used several different techniques to keep the campers under control. One example is that when the campers begin to be too noisy and not listen, I will raise my hand. One by one, the campers will raise their hands also, signifying to be quiet and to look at me. A second technique I use is a clapping technique. I will clap once and then the campers will repeat by clapping once. Then I will clap twice and then will repeat twice and so on. The technique works really well by grabbing the attention of the campers and making them want to listen to what I have to say.
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Clarify and enforce rules, reward good behaviour, stay positive and enthusiastic.
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Keep them engaged in the activity, and set ground rules.
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I do my very best to make sbefore becoming stern and reprimanding the child appropriately. Ure that kids are always engaged in some form of activity. The more fun they are having, the less likely a kid is to cause problems. If a child is acting innappropriately, I would issue a single warning if at all possible,
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I try to let them know they need to earn my trust and just keep an eye on them. I will let them know that if we are inside they need to use inside voices and if we are outside use the buddy system and stay close to me and the rest of the group. Also I would do head counts every time we left to go somewhere and arrive somewhere.
Question 15 of 35
What would you do if a parent was angry with you for the way you handled a situation with their child?
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I would firstly not take it personally, and ask for their input in how to handle future situations in correlation with their parenting.
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I would have a co-worker or maybe even someone higher up, who agreed with how I handled the situation talk with the parents and tell them that that was the best way to handle the situation.
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I would take the criticism, I would apologizes but explain I did the best I could in the situation. When working with large groups of children, you have to think on your feet and react quickly and do the best you can to help the child and all the children in the situation. I would ask for how they would like me to handle it if the situation comes up again so I can be a help to the child and the families why of dealing with the situation.
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I would get them to calm down. I would then explain to them why I dealt with the situation the way I did. Finally, I would ask them how they would like me to handle the situation for if it were to happen again.
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First I would apologize obviously, then I would take the time to explain to the parent the reason why I handled the situation with their child the way I did to try and make them understand my [ppoint of view.
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I would speak with the parent about this. I would first apologize, then explain to the parent why I handled the situation the way I did. I would then ask them, in a kind way, if they had any suggestions as to how I could handle this situation better.
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I would ask the parent if they would like to speak with the director of the camp and ask what they would prefer for me to do in future similar situations.
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I would communicate with them, and I would ask them what they didnt like about the way of acting with their child and I would justify my reasons if I knew I was.
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I would just try to show them my side of the story and the reasoning behind why I did what I did.
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Communication would be key and first I will apoligize and dicuss with the parent how we could better handle a conflict that can happen in the future.
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I would apologize and ask how they would like us to handle the situation next time.
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First I would apologize to the parent. Then I would explain why I handled the problem the way I did. Lastly I would ask them how they would like me to handle a similar situation to prevent any conflict in the future.
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I would speak with the parent respectfully and make sure I understand where the parent is coming from and make sure it does not happen again.
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I would apologize to the parent, say that I did not mean to offend them or their child in anyway and how can we make this better? I would also explain the situation to the parent to help them understand.
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I would speak to the parent, explain why I handled the situation the way I did and ask them what I could have done differently.
Question 16 of 35
What have you heard about being a camp counselor?
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A camp counselor needs to have patience and be responsible for a group of children. Teach leadership and teamwork to children.
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I have heard that being an camp counselor is tiring at times, takes great motivational and leadership skills, is very fulfilling in terms of helping out children and making sure that children have fun, and that children are safe. I have also heard as a camp counselor it is vital that you have patience, loyal to everyone especially the children, humble, and gracious to everyone especially the children that is what I have heard about being an camp counselor.
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That it is a great learning experience for those who which to pursue education and, that children love it.
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I have heard that being a camp counselor is challenging but extremely rewarding. I really enjoy working with kids so I am excited for this oppurtunity.
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I have heard that being a camp counselor is really fun and a great experience.
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I would pull them aside and try to get to the root of the problem and go from there and see can we agree on something and find a solution.
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I have heard that being a councilor at your camp is the best job to have. It is fun, unpredictable, not boring, simply the best.
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I have heard that you have to be able to take charge of a situation, be friendly, outgoing, and active.
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I heard that the campers look for counselors who are funny, easy to talk to, and are fun to be around.
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It is a fun, rewarding experience.
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Thats a very rewarding job.
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Rewarding, fun place to work.
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I heard that we need to always look at for the kids and make sure they are safe and behaving also that I get to supervise their activites.
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I have heard about what a rewarding experience it can be even though it is a lot of work.
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I have heard then you get to do fun activities and sports and teach kids.
Question 17 of 35
What experiences do you have with kids?
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I've volunteered at a day camp for three years, coached tyke soccer for two years, taught martial arts for a year and a half.
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I have been a counselor in a cheerleading day camp fior girl scouts.
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I have had a lot of experience with kids. Not ever with a camp job but I have babysat kids ranging from age 2 to 7 and I have a TON of younger cousins. It's kind of funny because at family parties and such I escape to where ever the younger cousins are just because they are so much fun. Kids are cool because not only do they say what they mean but they are all so different and it is amusing to watch how they all interact with each other.
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So much from cadet teaching, to coaching gymnastics, to babysitting.
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I have a lot of experience through babysitting, helping with childrens church, leading worship at youthgroup, and working in the nursery.
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I tutor many kids, also I babysit a lot, I was a volunteer cousolor at another camp, I volunteered with autistic children, I volunteered at a day care center.
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Bona Buddies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cheerleading Coach.
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Cheerleading coach for three years, as well as big brothers big sisters.
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Back in high school I was heavily involved in theatre and every year we had one show that would involve children. Iwas generally incharge of keeping those children busy till the end of the show. Also I have helped out atmy old churches nursury and daycare.
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I am a math teacher and have worked in after school programs.
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Besides from my L.I.T last summer I often babysit for my aunt. Watching her young children.
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I have never worked on a camp before but I have experience in baby-sitting really young kids.
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I took care of my aunt's kids for a few years. I always make sure they have fun while also look out for their safety. I worked with many kids while volunteering at evergreen-- programs like face painting, cooking/baking, gardening, etc all required me to look after little kids.
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I have 2 younger siblings, I helped out in a kindergarten class once, I am hoping to get a co-op position in a classroom.
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Ski instructing, and lifeguarding.
Question 18 of 35
How have you changed as a result of being a counselor?
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I now am more patient, flexible, and am more confident in my leadership skills.
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I have gained much more patience when it comes to dealing with difficult situations, and how to think quickly to come up with new activities.
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I have learned to have patience and trust in the participant, as well as the importance of challenge by choice.
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I think that I have changed because of being a counselor because I see children differently and how I treat them is different because I have learned their point of view.
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It definitely made me more responsible as a person to look out for everyone. Working with other people and with kids made me more confident as myself to really be open.
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Counseling has taught me patience, and has helped me keep calm in certain situations and help me assert myself while finding a good solution.
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Counseling has taught me patience, and has helped me keep calm in certain situations and help me assert myself while finding a good solution.
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I have become more outgoing and more comfortable with sharing my opinions and feelings with others. I have grown in my faith and I watched the kids grow in theirs.
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I have become a better leader, better listener and become better with kids and understand them more then I did before.
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I have more of an understanding for children and their needs.
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I have changed because I have experience it and learned from it and have had training from many professionals so I feel that I have grown and benefited from the experience.
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I have learned so much from the kids and they making me a better person.
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Grown as a person in terms of patience, leadership.
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I have not yet been a counselor.
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I have gotten much more social and happier, and I love the outdoors and working so much more.
Question 19 of 35
Are there any age groups you would prefer not working with?
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No. I accept all kids as they are. I have a little sister that is 1 year old to a brother that is 15. I take care of all of them. So any age group would work perfect with me.
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For the most part I am comfortable working with any age group.
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I love working with all age groups, most preferably 8-12 year olds, but I am willing to work with kids of any age.
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No, I do not have a preference. I love working with kids of all ages. I accept all ages as they are and am comfortable working with all of them.
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I accept all kids. I feel like I could work with any age group because I have both a younger brother and an older brother which gives me experiences dealing with both age groups.
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Nope, I accept every age. I have no problem with any age group.
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No I love, and would not mind working with any age group, or population, because the way I look see it in my own perspective is that no matter what age group ranging from 1 day old to 99 yrs. Old. Everyone needs help in some way or another, and everyone needs to know that they are safe, loved, and appreciated for their many talents, as well as their downfalls.
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Not at all, I have plenty of experience working with kids of all ages. AT the library, I worked with really young children who were toddler age. In my other experiences I work with kids of all ages because they come from the neighborhood and community.
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I like to work with all age groups as I have exprience teaching students from ages 11-18 but also have a lot of cousins who are much younger and I enjoy spending them with them as kids are very honest childre and want to know all about the world.
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No, I would love the opportunity to work with multiple age groups. I think that would be a lot of fun learning how to work with lots of different aged children.
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My specialization has a heavier focus on secondary students therefore I would not be effective with primary aged children.
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I have worked with a various age groups and so I would be comfortable with whatever age range I was given.
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No! I think all age groups are great in their own ways, and I look forward to learning from all of them.
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I am comfortable working with people of all ages. Some age groups you have different obstacles and different approaches.
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No, not really I love working and have experience with all ages.
Question 20 of 35
Do you have a high level of patience?
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Yes. Patience is an important key when working with children.
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I am capable of maintaining my temper under almost any circumstances. Many people describe me as calm because I am able to stay patient.
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Yes, after working and volunteering with kids before, I believe that I do.
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Yes I do. I am able to keep my cool under situations that require a lot of patience. That is key to this position.
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Yes I do, again I have been working with kids with disabilities which taught me how to be patient and understanding.
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Yes I do, I have a high level of patience when dealing with children, because I know they require a lot of attention and each child is unique.
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I have a high level of patience and I understand that often most tasks require this skill and it is important to have, especially when under pressure.
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I really do have a high level of patience. In fact in dealing with children in prior experiences I did not have any problems with juggling many different tasks while having children screaming in close proximity of me, and tugging at my shirt.
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I think I have a high level of patience. Patience is so important when dealing with children.
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Definitely. I am a teacher and I have 30 students in my classes at once so I know how to keep calm.
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I do feel like I have a high level of patience when it comes to any situation.
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Yes, after working and volunteering with kids before I believe I do.
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I would say I do. From years of teaching children and adults you need to have patience. A sport like can be complicated and daunting for beginners, particularly with all the new vocabulary you have to learn, patience is a necessity.
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Yes I am very patient and understanding with both staff and campers.
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Yes, I feel with working in this kind of environment, you need to have patience to make sure everybody, including yourself, has a good experience.
Question 21 of 35
Why do you want to be a camp counselor?
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I love to work with chilren and this would be a great experience.
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I want to be a camp counselor because I believe that I can be a prime example of a great romodel. I believe that I can teach the younger kids leadership skills as well as communication skills..
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I enjoy being outdoors and involved in many different activities. I feel spending my summer at a camp will be a great experience.
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Because I love camp, I love kids, games, singing and crafts. I went to day camp my entire life along with my three siblings. We had an amazing time and made lots of friends. I would love to be able to facilitate that experience for other children.
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I want to be a camp counselor because I love seeing kids smile and have a good time. Camp counselors play a big role in a campers summer and I would love to be the counselor all the campers love.
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What positive impact do you think you can make at camp?
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I have always found working with children to be enjoyable and be a positive experience as a counselor I think I will gain confidence and new skill while having a great time and meeting me people.
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Because I love working with Kids and making a positive impact on their lives is something I'm extremely passionate about.
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I want to be a camp counselor because I really like working with children, though it can be a struggle at times kids are really fun to work with.
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Because I love children.
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I want to be a camp counselor because I love working with children.
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I love kids and as a former camper myself, I know how important and exciting this is to their summer activity. Camp is fun and many look forward to coming back, or going to one for the very first time. I want to be a camp counselor because I would love to be a part team that is dedicated to providing a service that is highly sought after. Also, compared to other jobs, this is particularly attractive to me because I get to enjoy the sun with my campers, instead of being stuck behind a desk or in a shop all summer!
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I want to be a camp counselor because I enjoy children's company. As a child who attended camp, I have fond memories of the skills and fun activities I was taught and took part in. I just want to be the one that shares their camp experience with them and makes memories they'll have forever!
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Because I believe I am a great role model for kids, and I enjoy spending time with children as well as being outdoors.
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I'd like to be a camp counselor because I love spending time with the campers.
Question 22 of 35
What do you know about this camp?
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Everything. I know the rules and procedures, I am familiar with the staff and even some campers, I know the area such as trails very well and I also know many of the activities and games that go on at camp.
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This camp was created to help strengthen kindergarten readiness skills, and language development in kids aged 3-6.
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All I know is that you are a camp that teaches kids the basics of theater.
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No much, but I am willing to learn as much as possible.
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I know that your camp is traditional, cost-effective, loyal to your mission, tremendously helpful and loyal to all the children and parents who join this camp, and this camp is amazing when making sure that children leave here everyday with a smile upon their face, and safe.
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I know the Austin Parks and Recreation has summer camps throughout austin at many recreation centers in the city that provide a variety of activities from arts and crafts to sports for kids ages 5-17. I also know one of the principles of Austin PARD is youth development which is appealing since I am interested in community health and wellness especially for kids.
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I know that it is a summer camp designed for campers to lose weight and become healthier individuals. There are separate camps for different ages and also some for older women or specially college students. I also know that there is a nutrition and physical fitness portion to the camp where they are taught education and also physically do the act with workout classes and cooking classes. There is also a behavioral aspect to the program. It seems like a great learning environment for success.
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I know that hole in the wall was started by paul newman as a place for kids with serious illnesses to have a chance to just be kids. I know that Hole in the wall sees camp as a different type of healing and I too believe in this idea.
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From what Iíve seen on your website this camp is very friendly and welcoming. You offer camps for children aged 5-13. It looks like your team at Royal City Soccer Club is very warm and welcoming as well and they look like the type of people who really work well with children.
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I know that this camp wants children to have fun, get to know new people, explore new ideas and do all of these things while being safe.
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Please tell us about your family and educational background, your interests and spare time activities, your future plans and anything else which you think will be helpful to your application.
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The camp is an outdoor adventure type camp for children with interests in sports, recreation, and the natural environment. It focuses on keeping the kids active and furthering their interest in being outside and spending time with each other, rather than spending their summer inside watching tv or on the computer, as is common these days.
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Well I know that this camp is a place where children can learn and grow as individuals, and learn various subjects.
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I know what I know from Caroline. I know that it is an English summer camp designed to keep kids fit and active.
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I know that it is up in beautiful McCall, Idaho. I know about all the cool activities you offer. The Camp is a episcopal church camp.
Question 23 of 35
Do you know any of the other camp counselors?
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I am not associated with any of the other camp counselors.
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Yes. My friends volunteer at the local summer camp.
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Not necessarily camp counselors, but I have a few friends in ESS who love it.
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No I do not, but I would be glad to meet them all. I truly believe that I would be an absolutely excellent asset to the team.
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No, but I am a very easy going, friendly person and I look forward to getting to know each counselor.
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No sorry I am not aware of any other camp counsellors in this position.
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I do know some. I know a few from attending the camp and a handful taught me or were my counselors.
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Due to my volunteering experience I do know a couple of camp counselors.
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Yes I know Sam Emerson and Jessie L, I also graudated with Austin and I know Connor as well.
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No, but I love meeting new people and will get to know them, given the opportunity.
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No I do not know any of the other camp counselors, but look forward to getting to know them.
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Currenetly I have a couple friends that have applied for the same position.
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I know Caroline very well and for a very long time. I have met Tommy before but have not gotten much of a chance to talk to him.
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No this would be my first year working at this summer camp.
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No I do not know any of the other camp counselors but that does not get in the way because I am outgoing.
Question 24 of 35
If a kid is testing your patience, how would you react?
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I would react calmly. I would ask the kid why he or she is not willing to agree with the situation.
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I would ask another camp counselor or an adult to assist me with the situation if I am unable to resolve the situation peacefully.
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I will take a step back and reflect on the situation.
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I think it is always best to remain calm. I think becoming overly and outwardly frustrated can only escalate the situation. Instead, I think it is best to remain focused on finding a solution that solve the problem.
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I would not give them a reaction since usually defiant children are exhibiting behaviour such as testing your patience for a reaction.
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Take a second to breathe. Go about the situation in a positive way.
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I would ask them to participate in an activity to change their attention, once distracted I could gather myself and deal with the next task.
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If a kid was testing my patience, I would consider his or her age and personality, and make a decision from there on how to handle it. I believe each child is different and may react differently to any situation. I may involve the child in something special, which works for some children because their sense of belonging is rewarding, and will react more kindly. I may also try to make the child busy, or try to ask them some interesting questions about themselves, as a form of distraction. Other methods I may use are reprimands, or redirections. This is a difficult question for me to answer hypothetically, because I believe every child is different, and while showing disproval may redirect one child efficiently, another kid might react better to a different strategy.
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I would react as calmly as possible and try to make the child calm down as well.
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I would keep my cool and not allow him to see that he is testing my patience. If the situation is getting too bad I may call a counselor to help and give me a moment of time out for myself. I would breath and remind myself he is just a kid. Once the emotion has subsided I would return and handle the child as I would any other.
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Well, if it were serious, I would pull him aside away from the other kids and explain to him that is behavior is unacceptable. If he/she was being a nuisance to others in the group, I would do this.
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If a kid is testing my patience I will try my hardest to keep calm and give them fun games and activities to do so that they stop testing my patience.
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I would continue to speak to the kid calmly until I feel unable to resolve the situation at hand. Then I would proceed to ask another counselor or supervisor for help.
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I would most likely sit down with them and ask if something is wrong that is causing them to act this way.
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I would take them aside and speak to them sternly.
Question 25 of 35
What made you decide to apply for a job as a camp counselor?
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I want to be involved in outdoor activities over summer and a camp counselor seemed to fit my desire perfectly.
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My interest in volunteering at a camp specifically designed to help kids with their speech made me decide to apply.
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I decided to apply because I thought with my experience that I would be a good fit for the company.
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What made me apply for a job as camp counselor is. That I love youth, I love helping them in every which way that I can. I am an leader. I am responsible. I have an extensive amount of experience with working with children at camps, and else where, and I live for the enjoyment and fulfillment of making sure children are safe, nurtured, and loved.
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I know I am where I am today because of the guidance and support of role models in my life, and I would love to provide the same support and encouragement to kids in the austin community. I also believe that I have to skills and experience to be a successful counselor.
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I have a genuine interest in working with children and would love to be a part of their summer experience. I aim to help them grow as individuals and gain confidence and new skills. I want to help them to make the most of their summer experience.
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I wanted an experience working with kids, outdoors.
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I wanted to share my knowledge of the arts with children who are interested in pursuing the arts.
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I have always loved working with kids. Kids have always had a special place in my heart because of how unpredictable, spontaneous, and fun they can be. They definitely always keep you alert and on your toes. Recently I have felt God pushing me to be a camp counselor. I have been praying that it would be a part of His plan and not my motives and I know that if He put this desire in my heart then it has to be some part of His plan for my life right now.
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Well, I have attended this camp multiple times as a camper myself, and I had really enjoyed all the productions I was in! Also, my brother does CMT every summer and I know that he, too really enjoys it. When I go and watch him perform, I always miss being a part of CMT and I want to nurture future campers. When I was a camper, I really looked up to the counselors as sort of a guiding mentor, and I hope that I can be such a figure to kids.
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I have decided to apply for a job as a camp counselor because I love to play with children and to watch them change as they grow up. I also love the challenges that comes with it. I think that it will definitely prepare me for when I have my own children and when I go into the work force after post secondary school.
12.
What made me decide to apply for this job was that I went to this camp when I was younger and loved it and wanted to help someone have the same experience that I did.
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I am very passionate about working with children and I love to teach and learn from them.
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I like being around kids and keeping sure that their having fun while being safe. I want this summer to not just be fun but to see what I can do and how I can handle them in any situation. I never been to camp with my friends or had that experience so I think it would be really interesting.
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I decided to apply for a job as a camp counselor because I like to be with kids, I love the way kids are. You dont know whats coming your way with kids.
Question 26 of 35
When did you realize you wanted to be counselor?
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When I started working at the camp as a volunteer, I knew I wanted to work my way up to eventually becoming a counselor.
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I realized I wanted to be a camp counselor when a student that I tutor told me that she was planning on going to a summer camp and I thought it would be interesting to be a camp counselor.
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Growing up, I had camp counselors that served as phenomenal role models, by following their example, I developed a love for nature and helping others. I want to extend that love for nature and help to promote skills that instill self-confidence in the campers.
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When I was looking for volunteer opportunities that supported my future career, I found this position and was interested in working with kids and learning more about communication disorders.
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When I saw your ad, I thought this would be a fun and amazing experience.
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I remember going to camps as a kid and I used to go on cruises a lot and hang out at the kids clubs. I always looked up to the counselors and was jealous because their job seemed so fun and rewarding.
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I realized I wanted to be a counselor, when I found out this would have been a great way to work with children during the summer.
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I realized I wanted to be a counselor when I started working more closely with children and from my own experience at leadership retreats.
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I realized I wanted to be an camp counselor when I attended a Camp named Camp Tecumseh, in Pennsylvania at the age of 8 yrs. Old. I always knew that helping out at camp would be an fun, and nurturing experience from me to the children if I were to work at summer camp as an camp counselor.
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My own experiences at camp have facilitated my desire to be a counselor. My own counselors were enthusiastic and fun but also seemed like such responsible leaders that I wanted to emulate them. They were definately role models for me.
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Thinking of ways to work with kids and travel so when my friends who went last year told me about it I had to apply.
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When I realized I wanted to practice my skills outside of my classes.
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When I realized that I had the ability to lead and help children.
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I realized I wanted to be a camp counsellor when I began babysitting my two cousins who were aged 6 and 8 at the time.
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Ive always been a leader in my community. Whether is tutoring my peers and helping them with their homework or as a sunday school teacher.
Question 27 of 35
What would be your number one goal at this camp, if you were a camp counselor?
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Connect with the children and make sure they have a great experience that makes them want to come back to camp again.
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To make sure this is every camper's best summer.
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Connect and bond with the children while making sure they have fun and enjoy their summer.
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To show and to others and myself most importantly the I cansuccessfully be a positive respected energetic safe counselor thy provide a safe environment for campers with fun and a positive attitude most importantly camper are safe happy and wish toretjrnto camp.
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To help the children grow as a person while I grow as well.
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To make sure that every child is being treated fairly and that no child is left behind. To ensure that children are having fun and are playing in a safe environment.
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My number one goal would to get all the kids to have a good time while still being safe.
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To become one big family with the campers and ensure that all the campers have a wonderful experience!
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My ultimate goal would be to give the campers an experience that they truly enjoy, and that makes them want to return to camp next summer! I want them to be safe, of course, but my number one goal is for everyone to have a blast!
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For children to have a memorable experience.
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To become a positive role model for the kids.
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To make sure all girls attending had a fun safe time while learning to build character, courage and confidence.
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Contributing to the kids development.
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My number one goal would be to provide these kids with a quality camp experience and to assist in their social and cognitive development.
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I would hope to gain experience, as well as build leadership that I could carry throughout life.
Question 28 of 35
How do you think you will handle a job that literally requires you to live at it?
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Make everybody feel like a family.
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Handle it very well because I respect my home and my work place.
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Make sure this a camp I would to work be supportive and kind toall well being a stable leader thy capers gotto.
4.
I think this question is not applicable to a day camp counselor...
5.
I will handle it well, It would definitely be a new experience but definitely one that I am looking forward to overcoming.
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I would really love living in a new environment close to nature and the water.
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I can't say it would be a totally new experience as I've been in a few baby sitting situations in which the parents would be out of town for a week or so. I would take care of their kids and live there until they came back.
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It would definitely make things easier.
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I think I will look at it as a new and exciting experience to learn to be more independent. I think I would handle it well because I have the ability to take care of myself.
10.
Last year I did not have a problem living at work. Even though it was far away, it became my home. I would definitely do the same at Kalsman.
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I have already been going to this camp for 5 years and I love staying in the cabins and tents! Camp is like a second home to me and I feel very comfortable there.
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I think I will love it. I love being around people and becoming family in short periods of times. It leaves a lot of time for me to not only do my job but make friends along the way.
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Great sense of community, like a family.
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Well I know from my university ventures that I can live away from my family so I will not get home sick. I believe I will strive in this type of environment.
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I would handle it well as long as it a safe and fun working environment not just for myself, but for the kids as well.
Question 29 of 35
Have you ever worked with a child with a disability?
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No. I have not yet to work with a child with disability.
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Yes! I have experience working with autistic kids.
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I have had classes with kids with disabilities and I always make an effort to befriend them and make them feel like any other person.
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As a Swim Instructor I have worked with children with learning, physical, and developmental disabilities.
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No, I have yet to work with a child with a disability.
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Yes, one of my really good friends sister has a learning disability.
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No I have not but I feel like that would be a learning experience that hopefully I will get the chance to be a part of at this camp.
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Yes I have been coaching kids with disabilities for three years now.
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Yes, I have worked with children with disabilities before.
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I have never worked with a child with a disability.
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Yes I have worked with many children with disabilities. In fact My prior camp counselor job was based around helping youth who were both mentally, and physically handicapped.
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No I have not worked with a child with a disability.
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Yes I have. I have worked with children with learning and physical disabilities. I try to accomadate them as much as possible but also providing them with the support they need.
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Yes I am in a club at school that deals with kids with disabilities and I believe it is important for theses kids to do the same things other kids do because it is what the love.
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I have not worked with a child with a disability, but have learned how to care for a child with different disabilities through the babysitting course.
Question 30 of 35
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I be mature and racionall about it.
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Take a deep breath, look at the situation go through all the possibilities and work my way through the stress.
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I try to stay calm and deal with one thing at a time. It helps to delegate smaller tasks to volunteers or to older campers. By keeping the children distracted with a game or activity, it enables me to focus on the primary cause of stress and to diffuse it without distractions.
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By not letting the stress take control and think rationally.
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Try to lighten it up the best I possibly can, and try to make everybody feel at ease.
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I handle stressful situations by staying calm and evaluating choices I can make - always making the safest decision.
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By taking a breath and remembering how much I love my life!
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It depends on the situation, but most of the time I take a deep breath and evaluate the situation then act in an appropriate manner.
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In stressful situations, it is important to remain calm and figure out exactly what is going on and how to solve the problems at hand.
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Take a deep breath and proceed calmly.
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Depends on what kind of a situation... If it involves the kids then you have to be calm and think about the situation, talk to them in a level headed manner... If you dont know how to handle a situation then talk to your coworkers or your supervisor about how to handle the situation :)
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I'm pretty calm in tough situations, and I'm very rational, so I tend to do well when things get stressful. I think it's important to focus on smaller things, one at a time, but if you really are overwhelmed, it's not a bad thing to ask for some help.
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Very well due to past experience working with an ambulance corp.
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Well, I would say I am a pretty level-headed individual and would be able to remin calm and pull through the situation. But if situation did arise in which I didn't know I would be able to handle it I would call either another counselor or an authority figure to help evaluate the situation and to pull through. If the situation was my own, however, I believe it would be my duty as a counselor to seperate myself or the situation from my campers so as not to involve them in it or put a damper on their stay.
Question 31 of 35
What is your biggest weakness?
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I am unable to sit still for extended periods of time without having to move around or switch focuses.
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My biggest weakness is probably that I am impatient. I always like to have something planned and I always like to be on the move. When I have down time or especially when I have to wait for something, I tend to feel impatient and anxious. But I know that this quality will help me always be a step ahead and always have something to do to keep myself and my campers busy.
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I think that my biggest weakness would be my ability to voice my opinions. It takes time for me to get used to my job. However, after a little bit of time when I get used to the people around me, I open up more.
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My biggest weakness would definitely be time-management. This is because I am a perfectionist and I always want to do everything perfectly and will continue working at it until I do so. This can sometimes be a problem because this can take lots of time and can cause me to miss deadlines. I am working on managing my time properfly, while also getting the job done right.
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My biggest weakness is that when I first meet people I am shy but after a few minutes that goes away.
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Being able to plan activities that will appeal to everyone in the group.
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I tend to have a lot of energy, so sitting in one place for an extended period of time can be uncomfortable.
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My biggest weakness is that I worry about little things.
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I tend to ask a lot of questions but with that it can help me know exactly what I need to do.
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I am shy. But I have been working on this, and I am usually not sjy around children.
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When a parent criticizes my choices. It can be overwhelming in stressful situations.
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Schedule organizing, I tend to put a lot of things on my plate and have a hard time trying to squeeze everything in.
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My biggest weakness is that I am way to hard on myself.
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I can be a bit shy at times but theatre has allowed me to become more outgoing so you would never know it.
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I used to be horrible at public speaking but honestly, I believe I have overcome that.
Question 32 of 35
What do you love most about being a camp counselor?
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Interacting and making new friends at summer camp.
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I love the connections I make with the kids and my fellow counselors to create long lasting memories and even some long lasting relationships.
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The kids are the number one reason I would love this job.
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Working with children and watching them learn and have fun.
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One thing that I love them most about being an camp counselor would have to be: Seeing children and Adolescents have fun, grow over the summer in terms of creativity, confidence, and making sure that children are safe at all times, cared for at all times, and loved and nurtured at all times.
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I love being able to make camp a fun experience for the children. I live seeing a child start off afraid and shy and end up having the time of their lives.
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Helping the children with my knowledge which I have learned in my class.
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Being able to interact with the kids and watching them grow and learn with my help.
9.
I would love being able to work with the kids and see them open up. Also getting them to learn more about themselves or the world around them is very rewarding.
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Seeing the "ah-ha" moments children have when they learn something new.
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I love working with kids and being active. Playing sports, being active and crafting are 3 of my favorite things to do and getting to work with children is extremely rewarding. Each day is a new challenge and something different and learning about each child while having fun is the best way to spend a summer.
12.
I love being a camp counselor because it is a rewarding job. You get to see how children change over time and get to know new people as well.
13.
I love being a camp counselor because it is a rewarding job. You get to see how children change over time and get to know new people as well.
14.
Working with young children is a passion of mine. Being able to see so many unique personalities is one of the most rewarding parts of the job.
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Working with young children is a passion of mine. Being able to see so many unique personalities is one of the most rewarding parts of the job.
Question 33 of 35
How much experience do you have working with children?
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I have had many experiences working with children. From the church to the library and at home.
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I am currently a volunteer at a library where I tutor kids and help them with their homework. I also have 2 little brothers and a sister that I babysit often.
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Lots of experience, in different environments and age groups.
4.
For a company, very little but at home a lot with my little brother.
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I have 5 yrs. Of experience with working with children. I have worked as an, Nanny, Day care worker, and an Day camp worker as well.
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I have worked at a summer camp before and I was a counselor for kids at the age of 4-10. I also babysit two families one has a 2 and a 3 year old and the other has a 4 6 and 10 year old.
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I have been babysitting since I was about 13 and have taken care of a wide range of ages. I have also spent a lot of time working with youth programs run by my church.
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I have nine years experience working with children.
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I have about 6 years of experience working with children. I have babysat children of many ages, volunteered at a church camp, and have volunteered in my church nursery watching infants and toddlers.
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I have a lot of experience working with children - I have been a swimming instructor for seven years, and I have also volunteered with several programs that involve kids, like Read with Me and Reading Buddies through the Calgary Public Library which are programs that target kids who are struggling with reading to help them develop their abilities and love for reading. I also volunteer with Fish Creek running nature programs for kids. I babysat as well when I was younger.
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I have been a babysitter for kids from ages 2-11 for about 6 years. I also teach a second grade class twice a month.
12.
I used to babysit two children when I was younger.
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I have plenty experience working with children. I have been in a child care program since my sophomore year. There we teach and play with children between the ages 3-5. I have also done after school volunteering at Lynch wood elementary. Lastly I have babysat the past summers.
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I have babysat for years, and always enjoyed doing so. My academic program required me to complete a placement course, and I did so with the Learning Disabilties Association of Niagara. I had the opportunity to work with children with learning disabilities on their social skills, and help them understand their exceptionality. This placement spanned over the course of about eight months, and I really enjoyed participating in that program.
Question 34 of 35
Are you aware that it is within poor judgement to be alone with a kid? How do you prevent this type of situation?
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Most of the activities are done in a group so there is no reason to ever be alone with a kid.
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I will assure that I never become alone with any child unless specifically told to do so by the camp leaders. If a problem occurs with a child I will report it to the camp leaders.
3.
I would ask another volunteer or staff to accompany me or we would always stay with the group.
4.
I would keep the kids in a group and play group oriented games.
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I will always make sure that I am in view of the other camp counselors and specialists at all times. I would make sure that we are in an open area where there are other people, and that we are never alone.
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Yes, I am. I think in a camp environement the default situation is for children to be with other camp members. In a situation where you have to pull a child aside, I think being alone could be prevented by being in sight of other kids and counselors or having another counselor with you.
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It is important to try and keep the children working in the group or with a friend, find another child they are most comfortable with or maybe another counselor and convince them things are always better with friends.
8.
Yes. In order to prevent this situation it is always good to ensure that any situation which requires discussion with a child is done with another co-counciller or in a group situation.
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Make sure there is always at least one counselor in attendance and that multiple campers are around at all times.
10.
I agree that it is poor judgement to be alone with a kid. To prevent this from happening, I would always make sure we are in a group setting where we can be engaged and interactive with other people. I believe group settings allow others to feel more comfortable with their leaders and peers.
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Yes. You can prevent this situation by making sure that you are aware of your surroundings. If something happens where you need to be alone with a kid, make it in a public place so that others can be witnesses.
12.
I think that it is important to stay in large groups of people. I would prevent the situation by bringing a group of people with to avoid being along with a child.
13.
Please tell us about your family and educational background, your interests and spare time activities, your future plans and anything else which you think will be helpful to your application.
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Maintain a buddy system with the kids and ask one of my colleagues to assist me in a situation where this might be the case.
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I am aware that it is unproffessional to be alone with a kid. I want all of my children to feel safe with me, but I will ensure that groups are used in an apprpriate way, so that alone time can be prevented. Also, I would ask for the assistance of my fellow counsellors if needed.
Question 35 of 35
How would you break up a fight among kids?
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If it is physical, then I will try to break it up. If it is verbal, I would try and talk it out. In both cases though, I would talk to the manager or their parents.
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I would pull them both aside and talk to them to see what the problem is. From there I would diffuse the situation and give them both something to do to get their minds off of it.
3.
I would move them away from each other at a stance, I would ask them both what was the problem, I would ask them to compromise and come up with an logical solution, and then I would ask them in a nice way to apologize to each other, and I would have them sit slightly away from each other in all activities just to make sure there is no more underlying conflict.
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Whether its a verbal or also physical fight, you have to start by getting both parties calmed down and separated. Then listen to both sides of the story. Mediate between the two parties until a fair decision or solution can be reached.
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Avoid over discussing the situation, help them to find a common ground and try to help them understand that things would be much more fun if they put it behind them and tried to work together instead.
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Split them up, wait for them to calm down seperately away from others then get them to talk.
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It heavily depends on the personality of the kids and the nature of the conflict. I would carefully evaluate the situation before making an informed decision. This decision may involve separating the kids from each other, facilitating a discussion to solve the problem, or distracting the group with a new activity.
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I would separate them to give them a chance to cool down and process the situation and then, depending on the age, bring them back together to talk about it or talk to them separately. It is important to let the directors know so if the situation continues, they can step in to resolve it.
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First I would diffuse the situation and allow each party to explain what had happened. From there I would use discussion to work out the situation verbally, and turn the situation into a learning experience for both parties involved.
10.
I would get them to sit down, listen to both of their sides of the story patiently and sort out a logical solution. I would also use the policies of the camp when dealing with situations.
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First, I would seperate them. And if they are still hostile towards eachother I would sit them down and have a conference with them one on one and figure out a solution.
12.
I would separate the kids and keep them distracted for long enough that the angry feelings would dissolve and the tension would disappear.
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I would break up a fight between kids by sternly verbally reprimanding them, and taking physical action to step between them if that was possible and safe for all parties. Then I would separate the kids, and ask them individually what had happened, and how they were goping to resolve it, putting the responsibility on them and guiding them to respectful and resposible decisions.
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I would first ask them what is wrong. After I got both sides of the story I would make them apologize to each other and either separate them if things are still bad or allow them to play together again if the issue has been resolved.
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I would try to pull them apart and then speak with them one at a time to find out what the problem was and try to come up with solutions to that problem.

About Camp Counselor

August 17th, 2017

A camp counselor is a person who is in charge of a group of children or teenagers at a day or overnight camp. They have a large responsibility to make sure their children are safe, get involved with the camp activities, and have fun. Most counselors start out as a CIT (counselor-in-training).

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