This summer was one the most memorable summers of my life. When the opportunity to work as a camp counselor for the summer first came up, I was admittedly a little apprehensive. Having never counseled before, I was unsure of what to expect. What I experienced, however, was nothing short of spectacular.
Although it’s likely been said before by others, Hidden Acres is a truly special place. Very few workplaces offer the opportunity for employees to work and live in such close proximity. And yet, at Hidden Acres, everyone is able to collaborate effectively because of a shared set of values and a genuine concern for each other’s well-being. Over the course of the summer, I always felt so supported: as a counselor, as a young adult, and as a Christian.
I was also so blessed to work with a variety of young campers. These kids have (sometimes) boundless energy, and an insatiable curiosity, which is inspiring to everyone around them. Watching my campers canoe for the first time, work together to pitch a tent, or sing songs of praise during Focus, gave me clear confirmation that the work I was doing was very meaningful.
It’s safe to say my summer at Hidden Acres proved to be an unconventional work experience, particularly for a University of Waterloo co-op student. But the growth I experienced, coupled with many happy memories and new friendships, made this summer very special. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Andrew Zettel, Boys Inclusion Counselor