Posted by Rick Civelli | 03.05.2012 | Employment, WB Surf Camp News
Interview with a Camper Turned Instructor: Part 2
The Junior Instructor position may be one of the more challenging positions here at WB Surf Camp with early mornings, lugging surfboards, sweeping out transports, and standing on the beach to patrol while everyone else plays in the waves. Greg set the bar higher than any Jr. Instructor before him and became an incredibly important link between the instructors and the campers. By the end of the summer he had the opportunity to provide hands-on instruction and feel the stoke of sharing the ultimate experience for others that he had received years before. Naturally, we were super excited to have Greg back the following year as full fledged Level 1 Surf Instructor on our flagship team.
“I love my job with WB Surf Camp, and I like to think this is where I’m meant to be. It’s safe to say that I consider Wrightsville Beach my home, and my team is my family. I can’t imagine where I’d be without everything I’ve learned from Rick, Chelsea, my awesome directors Steve and Jason, as well as the rest of the team.”
Inspired by Greg, and others like him, we are continuing to evolve our programs to fosterand develop our campers into strong, independent individuals with a passion for surfing and conservation. One of our newest programs, which we implemented last summer, was our Counselor in Training (CIT) position. In order for our camps to run as smoothly as they do, it takes a team. This is not limited to our instructors. We explain during every orientation before a camp begins that participants are just as much a part of the team as the instructors. Their help, eagerness, and ability to be prepared and assist with daily tasks are extremely important. The CIT position is designed for the older participants in our programs to be peer leaders, role models, and assistants to our team of instructors throughout each program, which can then qualify and lead them to a potential Junior Instructor position the following year.
“If you’re thinking about coming as a camper to WB Surf Camp, you’re probably making the best decision you’ll ever make. Some of my most treasured memories have been attributed to WB Surf Camp, as a camper and as an employee. Once you experience your first summer with us, I promise you won’t ever want to leave. WB Surf Camp truly does stand by their motto, “Changing lives one wave at a time.” And I can honestly say that they have changed my life for the better, and I’m so proud to continue to be apart of the WB Surf Camp family.”