Attention all CEO’s!
Looking to hire the very best? A leader with strong negotiating and management skills (see it “live” at Clean Up), who’s willing to work incredibly long hours (perhaps sunrise to midnight)? In search of a problem solver creative-type with excellent communication skills (think about Rest Hour with little guys who never rest)?
Then take a good look at those with “Camp Skylemar” on his or her resume. But not until August 11th please.
Until then, this talented pool is tied up with being a role model, hero, teacher, coach, dad and mom.
Being a Skylemar counselor is one of the hardest, most demanding and most rewarding jobs in the world. Does that sound like what you’ve known to be true about being a parent? Yes, but in many ways this position is even more difficult.
Remember how hard it was when you had your first kid? Imagine it’s five that you adopted one day, all the same age. No gradual “warm-up” from birth to age 7. Just “BAM”, they’re 11, and your quintuplets share one room.
Ever try cleaning when the kids are at home? Imagine what’s it’s like to clean that apartment with five in the house. Do your quintuplets make their beds every day? Clean the toilet, sweep the floor and take out the trash?
It’s a slumber party, 48 nights in a row. No morning to sleep in, no babysitter to summon. No kitchen to go down to, and no Netflix to watch. No privacy at all – not even your own bedroom.
There are moments when they’re loud and silly, and you’d love to hand them a screen to relax. Maybe pull up a movie, or hand them a tablet. No go for a counselor. It’s just good old fashioned “play time” all the time.
Sure, some take to the job better than others. Just like with parenting, some are born with a feel for the position, while for others there's more of a learning curve. No matter, we all lose our cool at least once in a while. For just like at home, there are frustrating times when the kids just won’t listen. Many, many, many times.
Like with parenting, “the greats” far outweigh the challenges. A toothless grin or a gentle cuddle is all it takes when it comes to feeling appreciated. Both counselors and parents truly “feel the win” when their child succeeds.
Whether you’re a counselor or parent, we thank you for caring. Thank you for being the one who gets him through the night, helps him with friendships and inspires him to be the best he can be.
Thank you for making a positive difference in the world, one boy at a time.