Meet the Staff - Meg

Posted by on 17 June 2014 | 0 Comments

Meet the Staff 2014!

Camp Talooli has one of the greatest summer staffs around. With nearly 80% of our staff returning each year, our staff members are incredibly skilled, innovative, and enthusiastic about sharing their love of summer camp with Talooli campers. This is a way for us to share just how special each of our counselors, program staff, and leaders are.

 

Name:

Meg Bateman

Position at Camp this summer:

Counselor

How many years have you been coming to Camp Talooli?

10 years! Meg was a Talooli camper and CIT before she started working as a camp counselor.

What is your favorite thing a camper has said to you?

"Miss Meg, what are we doing this semester?" I love when campers come the first day of camp thinking it's going to be like school. It's so much fun watching them enjoy their week at camp while learning a lot of new skills and information, but in a way totally different from any school.

What is your favorite theme week at Camp Talooli?

My favorite theme week as a camper was Indiana Jones. I remember trying to solve puzzles and Wild Mark being chased round camp with another counselor yelling "boulder, boulder, boulder!".

What type of career are you planning on pursuing?

I am hoping to pursue a career in physical therapy as well as possible military career through the Air Force.

What are you most looking forward to about this summer?

This summer I am looing forward to helping kids have the same amazing camp experience I have had. I want to help them learn to be leaders, speak to others, and help them to create friendships that will last a lifetime. My overall goal every summer is to help kids fall in love with Camp the way I have and give the same love I have for camp no matter how old I get.

What is your favorite part about being on staff at Talooli?

My favorite part about being on staff is the bonds you make with both campers and staff. I love going to staff training and automatically being able to connect with the other staff. One of the greatest feelings in the world is seeing a previous camper and seeing how excited they are to see you again - you realize how much you are a giant part of their world, even if it is only for a week!

What are the most important skills you have learned from working at summer camp?

The most important skills I have learned from going to and working at Camp are speaking in front of others, being open minded to ideas, creativity and patience. By going to camp I learned how important speaking and communicating with others is. I now teach classes to teenagers every Wednesday helping them to learn to lead and work as a team. I have learned to be open minded by learning that not everyone thinks and acts the same way, so you have to learn to work together with them to be able to solve problems. I have learned to always be creative and not always follow everyone else. When surrounded by 8 campers in the pouring rain you have to think of new games and activities to keep them occupied and having fun. Lastly, patience! When you have a camper who wets their pants 3 times in two days or a camper who refuses to do simple things like sit on the ground, you have to learn to take a step back take a deep breath and think of a new way to solve the problem.

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