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This week: Bunk Counselor

Meira Feinman

Your bunk counselor is probably the member of staff you will get to know best. Bunk counselors sleep in your bunkhouse, go to activities with you, and cheer with you at meals. To find out more, Mishpacha Junior spoke to Devorah F. about her job last year as a counselor in a sleep-away camp in the NY Catskill Mountains.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

MJ: Do you do anything special to welcome your campers?

DF: Sure, we call it “Bunk Night.” Each bunk in the camps puts on a little show -- a song or dance about their bunk -- and performs it for everyone else. We have fun working together to figure out what to say about our bunk.

And of course, we do lots of things to make the campers feel at home. We make the bunkhouse a fun place, with music playing and a hemishe atmosphere. Girls put up pictures of their families and friends by their bed. The bunkhouse looks great with all the pictures up. Plus, asking people about their pictures is a great way to start getting to know them! 

MJ: What's special about a bunk counselor's job?

DF: While we go about our job -- helping campers wake up, get to davening, activities, meals, etc. -- we try to be role models for the campers on how to act with good middos and how to have fun in camp. Being a camper for so many years myself, I know there are many wonderful opportunities in camp and that a positive attitude helps you achieve more. I try to teach that to my campers.


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