Sydney first applied for UBC Camps in 2018 on her best friend’s recommendation, and she quickly fell in love with the community environment the camper’s contagious energy.
“I love the support that I’ve had since being here, and these kids are so excited to be here,” she says. In her position as a sport and activity instructor, Sydney leads a variety of different on-campus programs including biking camp, multisport, physical literacy, as well as off-campus Adventure Camps. She says that instructing these camps has given her skills in patience, organization, punctuality, and most importantly, communication. “Communication is applicable to camps, but also to every other job,” she says. “You’re always going to work with different people, and it’s great to have those skills in your toolkit.”
Sydney studies Urban Development at the University of Western Ontario. For first-time camp instructors, Sydney suggests diving in headfirst; she describes her co-workers as friendly, welcoming and excited to work with new people. “It’s an amazing environment to work and play and hang out in,” she says.
Best memory as a sport and activity instructor for Day Camps 2019:
“This summer, I supported a camper who is on the autism spectrum, and she experienced going into the deep end of the swimming pool for the first time. It was magical to get to see her really just believe in herself, and believe she could do anything all the other kids in our camp could do.”