Gender – Female
Position(s) Applying For – Junior Counselor (Open to anyone who has attended RYLA as a camper)
Year Participated in RYLA – 2018
Times You’ve Served as Junior Counselor – 1
Home Phone – 605.280.9955
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E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
City, State – Pierre, SD
School City, State – Sioux Falls, SD
Why do you want serve in the positions you’ve selected?
I want to be a junior counselor because I love interacting with the campers and helping them come out of their shell to have an awesome time at camp. It’s so rewarding to watch a group of campers who don’t know each other become close, vulnerable, and genuine friends by the end of camp. Also, the atmosphere at RYLA is so welcoming and accepting, and I want to be able to contribute to creating that environment as a junior counselor!
How has your experience as RYLA participante impacted you?
My experience at RYLA as a camper and a JC has been so rewarding. Whenever I think about camp, I always smile because RYLA is such a happy place. As a camper, I was able to be myself and create real friendships with people my age and as a counselor, I was able to be a catalyst for the campers to create friendships with their fellow campers. RYLA is an important experience for anyone that attends, and I’m so glad that I have been able to be a part of the experience and continue to have the friendships that I created at camp.
How do you feel you can contribute and grow RYLA?
When I was a junior counselor, I learned a lot about helping a group of people who just arrived at camp and don’t know anything about each other become real friends. As a junior counselor, I feel like I can contribute by creating environments that are conducive to learning leadership skills while having fun and making friends. My biggest takeaway from being a JC last year was that I had to allow the campers to learn their leadership skills on their own so that they can get the most out of the RYLA experience, which is something that I would continue to do. Overall, I would help make RYLA something that campers enjoy and learn from even after camp is over.