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  1. "I've worked at TSC for 3 summers, first as an Assistant Counselor, then as a Senior Counselor."

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    Current Employee - Senior Counselor in Altadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Counselor in Altadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tom Sawyer Camps part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you like working outside, and with kids, its the place for you.
    Great staff
    Pretty normal pay for the age group they hire (high school/college students)

    Cons

    Long hours
    Working with some of these kids is not for the faint of heart


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Counselor in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Counselor in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Tom Sawyer Camps part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of fun to work there as a counselor

    Cons

    Long hours and it does not pay well.

  3. "Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get to work with cool kids and participate in fun activities.

    Cons

    Rude employees
    Once you get to the counselor side you really see how the main counselors are


  4. "Awesome and fun work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tom Sawyer Camps full-time

    Pros

    I worked as a Horse Counselor and loved my experience! It was a ton of work and was very physically exhausting but I loved every minute of it! Getting to know the kids, horses, and coworkers was a great experience and I made some amazing memories.

    Cons

    Obviously the pay is quite low but it really is worth it for the experience.


  5. "Fun place to work with great bosses and senior staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Hang out outside all day in a gorgeous park
    Get paid to do the above
    Learn valuable skills

    Cons

    Some kids are absolute nightmares

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on


  6. "I've been a group counselor for 5 summers."

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    Current Employee - Group Counselor
    Current Employee - Group Counselor
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tom Sawyer Camps (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff are some of the nicest and most supportive people you will ever meet. Directors really want you to succeed, so it's always great to ask for help. Every day is a new challenge. You will have fun and learn so much. Shaping the lives of children is so rewarding.

    Cons

    Working with kids all day is emotionally exhausting. When you get home, you will immediately need to take a nap. Sometimes dealing with over-protective parents is stressful.


  7. "Great first job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at Tom Sawyer Camps part-time

    Pros

    As a first job, it is a great opportunity to build your confidence and take on a lot of responsibility while learning management and conflict resolution skills. It is a shame that camp counselors aren't viewed as valuable in the business world.

    Cons

    Managers could be more supportive and less critical. Don't treat staff like kids.

  8. "fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tom Sawyer Camps part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fun company to work for

    Cons

    individuals are not what they seem

    Advice to Management

    be less harsh.


  9. "A wonderful experience where I gained a lot more than just a fun summer"

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    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in La Canada Flintridge, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tom Sawyer Camps part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Grow within yourself, pushed to become a better "you"
    Work in an environment where you have an abundance of planning freedom
    Surrounded by supportive staff, I have never worked in a more close-knit environment
    Supervisors are always there to support
    Gain great life skills that I can carry to future careers

    Cons

    There is little mobility in the company, but it is a summer job


  10. "Best way to spend a summer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experiences. Great friends. Fun time!

    Cons

    You have to run around playing games, get dirty in the mud, go swimming and ride horses. So if you don't like those things than may not be the place for you. But I LOVED it!


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