All of my counselors left...

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All of my counselors left...

Postby Deimos » Sun Jul 08, 2007 4:14 pm

I have heard that all my counselors left now. Pat and Lindsay Gill left, then Lunchbox and Julie from last year, lunchbox i heard was fired, and now our 2 counselors from this year, Rachel A and Crystal Robinson are leaving. Sad since i usually look forward to seeing them the next years. Oh well.
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Postby Boomerang » Sun Jul 08, 2007 5:53 pm

Well the only 2 i recognise are the last 2 names and yes they are leaving in the next couple of weeks. Sadly we have lost some good counselors this year.
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Postby JennieM » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:24 am

That's a shame. I know I wish I could have done it longer. The counselors I worked with did it for the love of the program, definitely not for the pay.
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Postby 1MileCrash » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:52 pm

aren't a lot of the councilors college kids that are doing it for a summer job or for the experience?

i know that one or tow of my councilors were college kids that once they finished their schooling they moved on to full time jobs elsewhere.

another was doing the same thing until he finished his degree and went into the marines as a pilot.
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Postby Boomerang » Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:20 pm

Yes most are college students but all i will say is of the above people i knew this summer and others not listed they had other reasons for leaving. College is often part of it but definately not all of it. However at this time i am not going to go into other reasons and thats all i will say.
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Postby ACluvR » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:07 pm

I haven't been on here in forever... but the USSRC does in fact fire people on occasion. Haha. Funny stories I can think of....
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Postby JennieM » Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:17 pm

1MileCrash wrote:aren't a lot of the councilors college kids that are doing it for a summer job or for the experience?

i know that one or two of my councilors were college kids that once they finished their schooling they moved on to full time jobs elsewhere.


That's exactly what happened to me. I did it for the three summers between years at college and then moved on to a full time job after I graduated. I'm still at that job today, so for me, it was the right move.
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Postby Repeat » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:24 pm

Some of us get burned out. Working 160+ hour pay periods gets tiring, and while we love the campers, there's sometimes too much BS to put up with.
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Postby Boomerang » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:51 pm

Hi Repeat long time no see. Formerly LB206 here now working at AC for the summer atleast for a few more days. And Repeat is right the job as fun as it can be is exhausting and counselors really do burn out.
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Postby JennieM » Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:20 pm

Repeat wrote:Some of us get burned out. Working 160+ hour pay periods gets tiring, and while we love the campers, there's sometimes too much BS to put up with.



It always hit me worst mid to late August. 160 work hours is no joke either. I was one of the late ones back to school. Wednesday after Labor Day. So, I'd work the doubles after everyone went back. My campers didn't have a day AND night counselor. They got me...all day...every day. Plus, at the time, we had airport staff and I helped out with that. I had some weeks where I'd be working 16+ hour days without a day off.

And yet, I still miss the silver Pringle cans. :wink:
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Postby Rabbit » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:30 pm

JennieM wrote:They got me...all day...every day. Plus, at the time, we had airport staff and I helped out with that. I had some weeks where I'd be working 16+ hour days without a day off.


This is the truth. Especially with the Mach III counselors while I was at AC. Some of those guys regularly had double teams. With Mach III that often means going to bed after your campers do anytime from 11pm-1am and getting up before your trainees did at 6am. And it's not your normal camp job where the kids have downtime (at least when I was there) so you're going all the time. Except when we slept at the IMax. When you see the same movie every week it's easy to train yourself to wake up at the right time. ;) And don't forget if you don't have double teams, you have support. It's a really fun job, but it can wear on you. Sometimes I wonder how we managed all that, plus our off time activities. Wow!

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Postby JennieM » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:17 am

Rabbit wrote:Sometimes I wonder how we managed all that, plus our off time activities. Wow!


I chalk it up to being much younger then. I can't even make it to midnight anymore. I very distinctly remember one summer when after two or three weeks of 16+ hour shifts and very little sleep (take an additional hour to get up and ready before the campers and another hour after the campers go to bed) and I was EXHAUSTED! I went to bed immediately after graduation. I was in one of the counselor rooms on the 4th floor without windows. When I woke up, the clock said it was 4:30 or so. I thought, wow...perfect timing for dinner. Only, when I left my room, the windows were dark. Talk about massive confusion for about 10 minutes. It was 4:30 AM! I slept for almost 18 hours straight.

And I'd do it again in a heartbeat! :D

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Postby gt0163c » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:46 am

JennieM wrote:I chalk it up to being much younger then. I can't even make it to midnight anymore. I very distinctly remember one summer when after two or three weeks of 16+ hour shifts and very little sleep (take an additional hour to get up and ready before the campers and another hour after the campers go to bed) and I was EXHAUSTED! I went to bed immediately after graduation. I was in one of the counselor rooms on the 4th floor without windows. When I woke up, the clock said it was 4:30 or so. I thought, wow...perfect timing for dinner. Only, when I left my room, the windows were dark. Talk about massive confusion for about 10 minutes. It was 4:30 AM! I slept for almost 18 hours straight.


Ahhh...the joy of waking up and not knowing if it's AM or PM outside. I've had that happen at least once when I was supporting wind tunnel tests, working nights. Always kinda befuddles the main desk clerk when you call down from your hotel room to ask first what time it is but then whether that's morning or night. Never fun and seems to be taking longer and longer to recover from it.
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