Why do camp counselors spend their summer on camps? The sports activities? The wide variety of outdoor trips? The great food? The chance to work with children? The location? The money?
The reasons can differ, but often counselors don’t really know themselves. Whether they really understand it or not though, they have assumed a position of tremendous responsibility. Camp is obviously a place where both counselors and the campers have fun, but at eXplorer summer kids’ camps we’re playing for higher stakes here than simply showing the kids a good time.
Being a hero!
In short, our counselors’ mission in summer is to be a hero. Not a superhero, because those don’t exist in real life. Real heroes usually aren’t on the news or in People magazine. Real heroes don’t care about fame, fortune, or a place in history. Real heroes are just that—real, ordinary people that have an extraordinary effect on the lives of other people. The motivation of a hero is nothing more than the simple fact that being a hero is the right thing to do.
Children need heroes. However, many people think that children need heroes so that they “know what they want to be when they grow up” or “have someone to look up to.” While those things are important, that’s not the role of OUR hero. To be an eXplorer summer kids’ camp hero, counselors must provide a child with one thing—hope. It’s a counselor’s calling to give that child hope wherever they need it.
The Camp Family
Maybe they’ve had bad experiences with adults. Counselors show them that adults are not all bad. Maybe people laugh at their dreams. Counselors teach them that it isn’t only ok to dream, but essential. Maybe they come from a broken home. We show them, through our eXplorer summer kids’ camp family, that families can be a positive experience. Maybe they’ve never really been loved. By caring for them in the proper manner while they stay here, counselors give them the hope that love is more than just an idea, but rather something real they can experience.
Heroes allow children to have hope for themselves and their future. They teach them to dream big. Heroes keep the glimmer that we see in the eyes of children from fading as they get older. Just being on camp doesn’t make them a hero. However, it does give them the opportunity to become one.
Our counselors have a choice to make this summer. There are a lot of distractions here at camp. Will they choose to be remembered forever as a hero in the eyes of our campers? Of course they will!