Guest Blogger: PFC Counselor

My name is Adam Polikoff and I am a general bunk counselor at camp. This upcoming summer will be my tenth summer. I was a camper from 4th grade through 11th grade (8 years), and became a counselor for the first time last year!

What did you get out of your position?
My experience as a counselor showed me the integral role that I had in the summers of each of my campers. As the summer went on, I realized just how much what I did each and every day influenced the enjoyment of each camper under my supervision. During the last few days of camp, many of my campers and others in my division told me personally that I, along with many other counselors really made this past summer one of the best of their lives. Also, I learned how the job of being a camp counselor really brings many co-counselors together as friends. I have been going to camp for a long time, so naturally I did not expect to become good friends with anybody other than my original “camp friends,” but I quickly realized that I became close friends with many counselors who were experiencing PFC for the first time.

What makes a good counselor?
From my experiences as both a camper and a counselor, I have learned that a good counselor is one who actively keeps camp fun for his campers. In order to consistently do this, a good counselor genuinely enjoys the time he spends with his campers! Campers are happy when their counselor has a positive, upbeat attitude.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in your role?
One of the greatest challenges that I faced in my position was encouraging my campers to clean the bunk. Every day after breakfast, there is a period of time designated to cleaning the bunks for inspection. However, as would be expected, most of the campers showed no desire to actually clean the bunk during this time. Rather, they would choose to play games and sit around. One of the ways through which I attempted to remedy this problem was by providing certain small incentives to the person who cleaned the most or even to everybody upon receiving a certain inspection score. This turned out to be an effective strategy.

What’s your favorite thing about your role?
My favorite thing about my role at camp is that it allowed for the creation of many bonds. I am very happy that I was able to leave camp with new friends. As I left camp, I knew that the time that I spent with my campers contributed to their enjoyment of the summer in a big way, and that satisfying feeling is one of my favorite parts of being a counselor.

Any advice for new counselors?
Try to keep a positive attitude around your campers even when you are tired. If you are able to remain positive and sustain an energetic mood, then that positivity and uplifting attitude will translate unto the campers and help them enjoy each and every day as much as possible.



This past December, we bumped into another PFC family while away on vacation. The immediate bond our kids all felt together was so apparent to me, even outside of Greeley. It didn’t matter that they weren’t the exact same age. Their camp family ties gave them familiarity and comfort together and it was such a great a way to make their worlds just a bit smaller.

In our house, talk of camp happens on weekly if not daily basis – bunk group texts, discussions over what dress-up clothes to bring, song ideas for MTV Night, where they hope to have their beds this summer, as well as endless stories, reliving the summer past. It’s so heartwarming to witness and so amazing. Living 10 months for 2 is truly not just a cliché. The children don’t even realize how much camp makes up their daily lives and who they’re becoming, but I, as a parent, most certainly do. I don’t take any of it for granted and feel so thankful my children have made these connections and memories at such a young age.

It’s all you wish for as a parent; that your child makes true friends and special memories and that they have a safe place in this world to escape to, to dream about and to look forward to getting back to year after year.

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Senior Trips!
7th Grade: The Adirondacks
July 26-27, 2016
Highlights include: Six Flags Great Escape, dinner on Lake George, Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame, Howe Caverns.

8th Grade: Vermont
July 26-27, 2016
Highlights include: Historic Shelburne Farms, a scenic boat ride on Lake Champlain, Bromley Mountain Adventure Park, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Ben & Jerry’s Factory.

9th Grade: New England
July 25-27, 2016
Highlights include: Historic Boston, Red Sox game at Fenway Park, Old Orchard Beach and Palace Playground, Portland, Maine and Newport, Rhode Island.

10th Grade: Old Montreal
July 25-27, 2016
Highlights include: Jet boating on the Lachine Rapids, Laser Quest, La Ronde amusement park, Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex.