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Holly McCamant: Working to be a camp counselor

Ever since my parents decided that I should go to camp with my cousin the summer after fourth grade, I’ve gone to Camp Cherith. I started out new there but this year will be my seventh summer.

If you don’t know, Camp Cherith is a Christian camp located in the not-so-scary Vergas trails. I go to the Vergas trails a lot; it’s just that instead of searching for the hairy man at night, I prefer to go to the most peaceful and spiritual place I know and go on long runs.

I’m lucky to live five miles away from camp. However, Camp Cherith brings people from all over together. I haven’t heard anyone complain about the long car ride yet.  Even if they are from the Cities, it’s completely worth it.

I knew my first year there that I wanted to become a camp counselor. It’s been in my mind ever since. At camp, we have a leadership training program called CILT. This stands for Campers In Leadership Training.

I’ve heard that in some camps they have people become counselors with minimal training. However, we have CILT and trust me, our counselors go through intense training.

The program consists of two years with two weeks of training each, along with a lot of work that is done outside of camp. We go through leadership training, do in depth bible studies and have a lot of memorization.

The last week of CILT consists of being a co-counselor.

I’m really looking forward to it. As I write this article, I am going to start my first week of camp within an hour. The first week I get to do a workweek, and the next two weeks are CILT weeks. At this work week, I will help with chores around camp but still do some camp activities.

There are many jobs that kids my age get to do. They work at fast food restaurants, in clothing stores, nursing homes and more. I myself am lucky enough to work at Becker Pet and Garden and The Candy Store and write for the paper. I doubt that there is any job more fulfilling than being a camp counselor, though. It works out perfectly for me because even if I’m at camp, I can still come back on the weekends and do my other jobs.

Going through CILT won’t exactly be easy. I don’t think it should be. This is my dream, and I’m going after it. I won’t be able to train as intensely for cross country, but I have a feeling that it will all work out in the end. Besides, I’ve been training so hard that I don’t want to burn out.

I will be isolated in a way. I won’t have my phone or be able to contact my friends. On the weekends I have, I will be busy working my jobs.

In the end, I’m not going to regret this. Nothing great in life ever comes easy. That is what I have learned, and that is what I am living by.

Holly McCamant is a junior at Frazee-Vergas High School.