When Bryn was looking for a job in summer 2017, he was drawn to UBC Camps because of the active work environment.
“I didn’t want to be inside all day or working at a desk,” he says, “I do enough of that during the school year.” Three years later, working outside is still one of his favourite parts of the job—that, and sharing with campers his enthusiasm for leading an active lifestyle. “Seeing the kids get excited about the same things that I get excited about is super rewarding for me,” he says.
In addition to sport camps, Bryn also instructs off-campus Adventure Camps and Public Speaking and Debate Camp. He says that working in different program areas has given him skills in organization, adaptation and taking initiative, not to mention a few co-instructors that he now considers lifelong friends. “Not everyone gets the chance to work with kids, and not everyone knows that they are some weird and wacky little creatures who can throw a lot of things at you,” he says. Bryn studies Law at Durham University in the U.K., and finds his experience with UBC Camps has helped develop useful skills and confidence that can be applied to many areas in his life. To new camp instructors, Bryn has some simple advice: “just be yourself. The kids will respect that and follow your lead.”
Best memory as a sport and activity instructor for Day Camps 2019:
“Earlier this summer when I was instructing an Adventure Camp, we got to Playland early and had an hour to kill—and it started pouring rain. Luckily one of the kids knew that there was a park nearby, and we all started playing in the rain and going down the slides. Everyone got absolutely soaked, but it is one of my favourite memories.”