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50 Things you Say and Think as a Summer Counselor

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Over the past two summers, I was a camp counselor. It’s a great job, don’t get me wrong, you get paid to hang out with kids, you get to watch movies, do arts and crafts, and go to the beach. It’s awesome. But sometimes these kids can drive you absolutely nuts, and you want to scream at the top of your lungs ” LEAVE ME ALONE YOU MONSTERS!!!” and hide in the corner of the room (even though you know they’ll find you anyway). But throughout the day you find yourself saying and thinking a lot of funny things throughout the day, here are some of them.

1. “Alright, I am the adult here.”

When the hell did that happen?

2. “Is someone crying?

I’ve been here for two minutes, and already?

3. “Yes, I’ll play UNO with you.”

4. “GUYS, STOP RUNNING IN HERE!!”

5. “No it’s not time for snack .”

6. ” I promise you I am not cheating, you just can’t put down that card yet.”

7. “I need a cup of coffee right now.”

8. ” If I hear someone say “Ms.Emma ” one more time , I am going to go insane!”

9. ” No, we don’t have a field trip today.”

At least I don’t think we do…

10. “It’s time to put out lunch bags away.”

This will be an adventure.

11. “Wait, who am I missing? How many kids do I have again?”

*recounts kids twice, different numbers each time*

12. “We are going outside you need to get your sunscreen and water.”

13. “Yes, we are going outside.”

14. “How long does it take to put away a lunchbox?”

* Finds kid hiding behind the door with lunch box on head*

15. ” Now, you need the bathroom?”

Not like we were just inside or anything

16. ” Yes, you need to put on sunscreen.”

17. “Why are you whining so much? “

You’re at summer camp!

18. “Can I go home now?”

19. “GUYS DO NOT RUN AHEAD OF ME!” 

Why I do talk around here?

20. “No it is not time to go inside yet.”

21. “Why are they on that slide? They know it has a hornet’s nest.”

22.” Oh my gosh, I LOVE my co-counselors.”

You guys keep me sane

23,” How did you get a hula hoop stuck in a tree?”

24. “Is it time for lunch yet?”

25. “Wait, where are all my kids?”

I turn away for one second and *poof!* they’re gone.

26. “Did that kid just “The potato is chasing me?

I can’t make this stuff up.

27.” Thank goodness, we can have lunch.”

28. ” How do you lose a hot pink water bottle?”

29. “Did I leave my walkie talkie outside?”

30. “GET OFF THAT CHAIR BEFORE YOU FALL AND HURT YOURSELF!!”

What did I get myself into?

31. “Be a camp counselor they said, it’ll be fun.”

Well, now I have purple paint in my hair, how is that fun?

32. “Doggy, doggy where’s your bone? Somebody took it from your home.”

I swear, these are going to be my last words.

33. “Yes, we are going to the art room.”

34.”STOP KISSING THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER!!”

( This is an actual conversation I’ve had with a camper .)

35. “How is it only 1:00?”

36. “Guys, stop arguing over the paintbrush!”

37, “Why are you on the floor?”

38. “Did we really  just get paint on the ceiling?”

That’ll be a fun story to explain

39. “Wait, how old do you think I am? 80?”

Oh boy.

40. “I have to say, I have a pretty awesome group of kids.”

You know, when they’re not acting like maniacs.

41. ” Are we really going to let them play dodge-ball?” 

If I get hit in the face, we’re going to have a problem.

42. ” Is it really a good idea to give them ice pops?”

43. “Wow it’s almost time to go home?”

44.”Aw, thank you for the picture, sweetie!”

I’m not really sure what it is but. thank you!

45. “Yes, you can play with my hair.”

“OW!”

46. “GUYS STOP RUNNING!!!”

47. “I need a nap.”

“Can we play the nap game?”

48.”Holy, crap today flew bye.”

49. “You know, I really do love my job.”

50. “I can go home! But you know what? I’m looking forward to coming back tomorrow.”

Well, that is until I have to get up at 8:15 again tomorrow morning.


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