Hello! I am Helen! I have been working in YMCA Camping for 4 summers. I was a YMCA camper of the KPCC Multisport Camp when I was 11. In the camp, I played many different kinds of sports, including basketball, hockey, roller-skating and swimming. I met a lot of friends and I had a fantastic time in camp. The most memorable experience was that I played hockey while I was roller-skating! It was a difficult job but I really had so much fun!
In 2010 summer, I joined Y Camping and worked as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT). I am not a camper anymore, but become one of the camp leaders. In camps, I act as a leader and give instructions to our campers. At the same time, I am also a friend of them and I play games with them. I gained the sense of accomplishment when I see all the smiling faces. I really enjoy spending time with them. Now, I am working as a Camp Counselor and continue my camp journey with our lovely Y campers!:)
Beaches, going on vacation, popsicles and going to camp, all made up my definition of summer as a child. Summer would not have been complete without all of those things.
But more than 10 years has passed since those happy, simple days and looking back, I can still remember it like it was yesterday; the friendships I made with my counselors in particular. I still remember Serena who drew pictures with me, Tyler who taught me different games, Mikey who made me laugh until my stomach hurt. Not only were they my friends, they were also my role models. I looked up to them and knew that I wanted to be one like them one day.
Now I am the counselor that I used to look up to all of those years ago. Doing camps, this time as a counselor, reminded me of the simple pleasures in life: sharing, learning something new, running around with friends, things which I had forgotten while I had been too busy growing up. More than that, while my campers will probably not remember me 10 years from now, they may fondly look back and reminisce about the fun times they had when they were in camp. The thought that I can help them have an experience to look back on, makes it all worth it.
I remember I was 7 when I first joined YMCA camps, it was a short programme during Christmas holiday, but long enough for me to discover that, joy and fun do not just created towards campers, also the leaders! This is part of the reason why I have returned to become a member of the crew when I grew up.
Having 4 years of camp leading experiences, I truly agree that camping have made me a greater person, and it is campers' "going home with a smiley face" that motivates me to create more wonderful memories for them, also for myself.
Teen Leader & Camp Counselor
From the age of 5, my life of YMCA camps has started. Attending to different varieties of camps such as residential, adventure and specialty camps, they have expanded my knowledge and taught me a lot of new skills. These camps offered me new adventures, such as kayaking, starting a BBQ fire, rock climbing, etc. All of these experiences build a personality towards responsibility, respect, honesty and caring. These will also make me a better person when I am older.
Additionally and most importantly, in camp means having the most fun and making new friends!!! All of these advantages have encouraged me to become a teen leader in YMCA. This is a level higher than the time I was a camper. I have to work together, lead songs and games, and make it a happy atmosphere to everyone.
Every summer in my primary school years, I always looked forward to do one thing. More than go on family trips or catch up on cartoons, I wanted summer camps most. When I was in camp, I had many opportunities to experience different fun activities, learn different skills and even explore around Hong Kong. The thing that I valued the most was I can meet new friends and have a great time with them along with the camp staffs. I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved it so much I wanted to be in camp all the time. I remember I once said to a camp counselor, “When I am older, I want to work in YMCA camp!” That dream really came true.
For the past two summers, I worked in YMCA Camping as a camp staff. My goals for every camp were to share my fondness of camp with all the campers, to provide them a lovely time, to bring them new and exciting experiences such as sports, “black magic” and even camp songs, I want campers to have a smile on their faces all the time.
Many years from now I hope all my campers would be able to look back on their time spent in YMCA camps not only vaguely remember who I am, but more importantly remember what an awesome experience that they had. It would make all the efforts I put into camps all worth it.
The only thing I remember about the counselors from when I was a camper was that they were always smiling, and they had a limitless supply of energy. Little did I know that I was going to be one of them a decade later! I progressed from a volunteer to a counselor over the space of two summers, and finally understood what it meant to be a leader in the camp. I understood why the counselors always smiled - hey worked with inspiring colleagues and campers every week. How they had so much energy - well, we had dextrose sugar tablets, but most of all, the fact that we enjoyed every second of the experience. All the late nights, physical exertion, sweat and sunscreen were worth it - I had the time of my life during these five weeks, and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world :)