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David "Doodles" Allen-Houghes
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    I worked at Camp Doodles full-time (More than a year)


    Kids are great (mostly) Other counselors are good, made some good friendships Free kids snacks Good location Site director was great and understanding of counselors' needs


    Pay is bad Too many hours - leading staff to be completely overworked and exhausted, especially around weeks 7-8 Scheduling is a nightmare - if you're going to hire me for the summer, give me the opportunity to work at that site for the entire summer. Give more than a few days' notice that a staff member is not allowed to work for the next week Dealing with management was frustrating, I felt they treated me condescendingly and dealt with counselors' issues very passive aggressively Gossip among staff and management Training was not comprehensive enough Some parents were a pain to deal with Schedule of the camp was too strict and rushed - should be more flexible to allow for clean up time and so that kids can have more fun - 20 minutes for an activity isn't enough! Campers should be assigned to counselors' groups at the beginning of the week with careful thought about which campers will get along, size of the group, etc. - not just 'whichever 10 kids are near me are now in my group for the whole week' method, which led to campers fighting, one counselor having a 10 kid group while another counselor had 5 kids, etc. The Doodles pins for staff were not the most effective way of recognizing a counselor's achievements and instead led to hostility among younger staff members Overall a really chaotic, stressful and not fun environment to work in

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on the Doodles brand (pins/buttons/temporary tattoos barely anyone uses and are not essential to the camp) and more money towards employees' salaries. This would lead to happier staff, which would lead to happier kids, which would lead to happier and more satisfied parents, which would lead to good word of mouth which is the best publicity for the camp Treat the counselors with respect and be transparent about wages Spend more time during staff training focusing on how to deal with behavioral problems and conflicts among campers, counselors, etc. Spend less time focusing on games and songs which counselors can learn on their own or from the Internet More flexibility for the schedule of the camp Perhaps counselors shouldn't be forced to work 9-10 hour shifts, and alternating shorter shifts would be more effective and lead to less overworked and happier counselors More organization at the upper management level More field trips for younger kids

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