Ben­e­fits of work­ing at Scout Camps

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By David John­son

You may have asked your­self at some point “why should I let my teenage son or daugh­ter work as a Coun­cil Sum­mer Camp Staff Mem­ber?” I know I’ve had to an­swer that ques­tion hun­dreds of times to par­ents. While I al­ways thought I gave a sound an­swer, it never came out as quite as elo­quently and ef­fec­tively as this an­swer I re­ceived from a for­mer camp staffer who is cur­rently serv­ing an LDS Mis­sion. He re­cently wrote:

“Thank you for your trust in me. You could never know how much my ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with and un­der your di­rec­tion has pre­pared me for this mis­sion. I’ve had more peo­ple than I can count over the past few years ask me why I con­tin­ued work­ing at camp, es­pe­cially as I had plans to serve a mis­sion, and staffing at camp re­ally doesn’t pay well. Over the past five years my re­sponse has al­ways been: Maple Dell is my home. It is where I learn, grow, and ma­ture. There I am blessed with a chance to change lives, be nearer to God, and dis­cover life-long friends. There I learn how to teach, in­ter­act, and lead. On top of that, I’ve learned how to keep a strict sched­ule, or­ga­nize, and work hard. Maple Dell is, for me, the great­est mis­sion prep that there is. Thank you for all you’ve taught me.”

Sin­cerely, Elder _________”

It is cer­tain that this young man could have made more money work­ing at McDon­ald’s for the amount of hours he worked at camp each week. The ques­tion be­comes, is the growth ex­pe­ri­ence and prepa­ra­tion for, not only a mis­sion, but also for adult life, worth the lower pay and large time com­mit­ment? Is be­ing iso­lated away from the world, liv­ing by high ideals, work­ing hard as a val­ued team mem­ber, teach­ing skills to oth­ers, and be­ing a role model to boys and their lead­ers valu­able? Ac­cord­ing to this for­mer camp staffer, and many oth­ers, it is.

Go to www.utah­scouts.org/sum­mer­jobs to ap­ply to work at any of our Coun­cil’s Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and High Ad­ven­ture Camps for sum­mer 2015. We have 12 camps lo­cated all around Utah that are hir­ing this win­ter for next sum­mer.

You may be able to work at Camp Jeremiah John­son, Springville; Ad­ven­ture Park/We­be­los Ex­treme, Springville; Maple Dell Scout Camp, Payson; Scofield Scout Camp at Frand­sen Scout Ranch, Scofield Reser­voir; Ti­fie Scout Camp, Mt. Pleas­ant; Beaver High Ad­ven­ture Base, Beaver; Thun­der Ridge Scout Camp, Parowan; En­trada High Ad­ven­ture Base, Moab; Blue Moun­tain Scout Camp, Bland­ing; High Uni­tah Scout Camp, Ver­nal; Ba­con Park, Roo­sevelt; and Quail Creek Cub Scout Camp, St. George.

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