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Camper smiling with support staff member and activity leader after catching a fish on the bay. Photo by: Beyond Memory Photography Camper from Camp Aspire smiles before taking off in sailboat with activity leader. Photo by: Beyond Memory Photography Activity leader gets camper fastened into harness to climb the rockwall
Photo by: Beyond Memory Photography Three activity leaders smile with camper as they dance at Camp MDA's dance party. Two activity leaders smile at camera under the pavilion
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    June 07, 2021

    To the Activity Leaders of 2021

    First off, I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for choosing to invest your time in Camp Aranzazu this summer. I hope you know how impressed I am by you already for showing up and starting this new adventure. It takes a great deal of courage and curiosity to do something like this. I also hope you know how much I recognize and appreciate the sacrifices you’ve already made to be here. You’ve all left people and pets you love to be here spending your time serving and impacting the lives of the people I love and I can’t put into words the gratitude I feel for that. I also can’t wait for you to meet them.

    As we’re about to jump into All Staff training and soon after into camps, I encourage you to let yourself be here, fully in the moment, as much as possible. I encourage you to be patient with yourself and all the new information you’re learning, and be patient with me too. I encourage you to pause and recognize how wonderful it is that we all get to be together, working towards a common goal and connecting with amazing people along the way, and I hope you rest in gratitude for that.

    I can’t wait to learn from each of you, and I am always honored and humbled to get to share some of the wisdom camp has taught me over the years. Camp is hard work, it’ll push you in new ways and in strange ways. I still feel like I’m constantly learning here. And while camp will push us, and challenge us regularly — it’s so very full of the good stuff and the easy stuff. It’s the sweet “good mornings” at breakfast, and the “did you see me do that’s?!” at activities. It’s the moments in the in-between when you learn about another human and their struggles and your heart gets a little bigger and softer because of that raw connection. It’s when you kind of forget about yourself and your needs and are filled up by just being a part of the joy of another. You play a pivotal role in camp’s good stuff. You get to impact lives this summer, you get to encourage, support, teach, and get to know some incredible people over the next 10 weeks. You get to be a vehicle for adventure and triumph and you’re making a difference in a person’s life every day. How amazing is that!?

    So, here we go! Enjoy it. Soak it all up and be proud of yourself and what you’re doing here. It’s going to be a beautiful summer — and so much [better] because we’re [together].

    Cheers,

    Amelia

     

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    Activity Leader Summer 2019 Job Opportunity​​

    Every year, Camp Aranzazu hires roughly 20 college aged individuals with varying skill sets to work as Activity Leaders from mid-May to mid-August. Activity Leaders have the fun and impactful job of enriching the lives of our campers with special needs through unique camping, environmental studies and retreat experiences.

    Activity Leaders facilitate a variety of activities including, but not limited to arts and crafts, archery, high and low challenge courses, sports and games, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, swimming, nature sessions and more!

    Benefits of this paid position include room and board and the potential to satisfy fieldwork and internship requirements in various fields of study. The buttons below include the additional documentation you will need to apply for the Activity Leader position. Email your completed application, resume and two unique and completed reference forms to our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, and prepare for the summer camp experience of a lifetime!

    If you have any questions, contact our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, at ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

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