That was it. In every example I could think of where a counselor was being ideal, they were modeling selfless behavior. That is the one thing I look for most in a counselor. And that is an incredibly huge ask, for it means that what I am asking is actually antithetical to so much of the modern sensibility that tells us, above all things, that self-care is crucial. We are empowered by social media to stand up for what WE need in the world, and here I am saying that for 6 weeks we are asking you to think first of what other people need.
This question has stuck with me. For one, I like my answer and it has helped me going forward in naming why I am excited about an applicant or feel that the job may not be right for another. But it has also challenged me to look at my own acts of selflessness. For, if counselors must first think of their campers, then I must first think of our staff. My challenge, and I do choose to accept it, is to work tirelessly and selflessly to support, encourage, and praise all these amazing people who say yes to the call of working at Ghostlight Theater Camp this summer.
I will do all I can.
The countdown is on and I cannot wait!