How long have you been part of the Camp Crew?
I've work as Camp Crew for 2 years. It was my first job with the company, and I came back to Camp Crew after working one summer as a Leader and one summer in the Backroads US headquarters. I've worked in Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Southern Utah and the San Juan Islands.
What are the highlights of the Camp Crew Role?
As Camp Crew you are bringing joy to people, and that is a blissful thing to get paid for. I have built some strong bonds with the guests on the trips; hearing their stories and playing with the kids is always a treat. I also love tinkering with the Backroads recipes to make meals taste better or more personal, or just make the evenings a bit more special. The best part of the job is working with co-leaders and co-camp-crew. Some of my best friends in the world come from my time in the field with Backroads.
What are the hardest parts of the job?
It's hard work. Scrubbing dishes past 11:00 pm, knowing I had to start making coffee at 5:30 and it would be freezing. This happened less as I got better at the job.
What skills have you gained from working as Camp Crew?
As Camp Crew I learned how to make decisions. There is no parental supervision in the field, so when problems come up you have to solve them without asking for permission. You can only learn that through experience, and it is invaluable. I also learned to be neat and organized (if you knew me in college you would realize how monumental this is).