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We are still hiring for the SMA Summer of 2020!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

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Topics: camp counselor, SMA Staff Team

Read "Confessions of a Camp Counselor" by former SMA Teen Camp Staff

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Former Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Camp Counselor Gabe Millar has written an article titled "Conessions of a Camp Counselor"  Gabe Millar was a Camp Counselor at SMA in 2006 and 2007 and is currently gatting his MBA from the Uni

CLICK HERE TO READ "Confessions Of A Camp Counselor" versity of Montana in Missoula, MT.

Here is part of the blog post:

"As parents, you entrust counselors with your children, well, I guess you mostly entrust the directors or owners of the summer camp, but in reality, counselors are the ones who are with your children most of the time. According to the American Camp Association there are over 12,000 summer camps in the United States, and they employ over 1.5 million people each year, most of whom are counselors. Are these people trustworthy?

Popular culture would have you believe that camp counselors spend the vast majority of their time focused on partying with other counselors (think Meatballs part 1 through 4) and put very little energy into the job of protecting, nurturing, and teaching your kids. Well, I cannot speak for all of us, but this is the perspective of one former summer camp counselor.

Summer camp counselors are notoriously underpaid and overworked, at least that is what we will tell you if you ask, and there is some truth to it. It is true in the same way that parenting is often referred to as the hardest job in the world. I know this because it has been nearly twenty years since I last taught water-skiing, mountain biking, or canoeing as a camp counselor and I am now a parent.

Does the movie Meatballs accurately portray life as a summer camp counselor?"


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Topics: Teen summer camp, camp counselor

SMA Teen Camp Counselor Sarah Badman Reflects on Dancing at THON

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 8, 2013

Spending  46 hours of my life with no sitting or sleeping has to be the most unique experience I have ever  had the opportunity to be a part of. Getting  the honor to dance in THON 2013 was an amazing time full of moments that I will never forget. Inside the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University from 4:00pm on Friday February 15th 2013 until 4:00pm on Sunday February 17th 2013 there was always something going on and more than enough people to pass the time with.  My journey started early Friday morning, I woke up around 8:00 am, had breakfast, went to class at 11:00 am, packed my things, and then headed to the BJC at 2:30 pm. Technically, over the weekend I was probably awake for a total of 58 hours without sleeping.

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Topics: Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, THON, camp counselor, DANCE

SMA camp counselor Sarah Bademan dance at THON - 2-day Dance Marathon.

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Feb 28, 2013

SMA camp counselor Sarah Bademan '12 has been involvedSarah Bademan at Campwith THON for the past three years while a student at Penn State University. The PSU Dance Marathon, commonly referred to as THON is:
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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, camp, THON, camp counselor

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