What is the major difference between camp counselors and a professional counselor? Are we not both counseling children, adolescents, and adults? I personally believe that a majority of the skills that I have developed over the years and am fine tuning in my graduate studies for mental health counseling have come from my work at Vanderkamp Christian Summer Camp and Retreat Center in Cleveland, New York.
This article is from the American Camp Association and describes with good reason why you should be proud to be a camp counselor. You learn to develop skills in areas such as community building, client care, reflective listening, and conflict resolution while learning the value of being responsible, caring, and patient. While camp counselors may be consider a paraprofessional job they are learning some professional skills that are especially helpful when becoming a professional counselor or other type of mental health care worker.