How can I re-live working at summer camp?
October 12, 2010 1:53 PM Subscribe
I really loved working at overnight summer camp in the mountains when I was a freshman and sophomore in college. Are there any similar jobs or volunteering gigs or programs that can help me re-live that sort of "camp" experience as an adult, and on the weekends during the year?
posted by anonymous to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (14 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I loved working at summer camp for the following reasons:
1) Meeting a new group of people from all over
2) Making friends with those people
3) Being productive, working and helping out in a structured environment
4) Being outside all the time
5) Living in another place and a sort of dorm-ish environment, even if only for a few days
Now I'm a 22 year old graduate with a full-time job, but I'd love to find something that gives me that same sort of "camp-style" experience. There has to be some sort of outdoor weekend program where I can volunteer or work part-time?
Volunteering for an outdoor ed program seems to be the closest idea I can come up with, but further research suggests this is for high school-aged students who need to do their community service and the last thing I'd want is to be a creepy, lone 20-something. Does there exist any overnight weekend programs, camps, or outdoor trips that meet my criteria, or are in the same spirit as a summer camp, only it's year-round and during the weekend? I'm in the DC area.
(Anonymous because of friends who read Metafilter and don't know I'm on it - this would very clearly give me away.)