Program Assistants Get an Enhanced Camp Experience
Through dedicated workshops and activities, Emagination’s Program Assistants (PAs) have the opportunity to develop valuable life and leadership skills. The program is designed for PAs to be a valuable part of the camp community where they are accepted, celebrated, and encouraged to grow and give back.
PAs are returning campers entering 10th grade or higher after camp. This invitation only, multiyear program is a rite of passage and a final step for many campers who have grown up at Emagination and have seen firsthand the impact that PAs have at camp. Invitations are sent out every fall for the upcoming summer. PAs must be able to attend two overnight sessions.
PA Workshop – Taking Camp to the Next Level
The PA workshop provides campers a chance to get even more from Emagination by developing life and leadership skills. The curriculum is designed to provide PAs with the tools to help set them on the path to success as they venture into young-adulthood. Time management, budgeting, collaboration and cooperation skills are gained through hands on activities. By presenting in front of campers, other PAs, and camp leadership staff, PAs improve communication skills, build self-confidence and give and receive constructive criticism.
Along with the PA Workshop, first year PAs enroll in two Tech Workshops. Their fourth period is a Get Unplugged workshop during the first session and a PA Assist the second session.
Second and third year PAs take two Tech Workshops and assist a Tech Counselor in teaching in a third Tech Workshop. Their fourth period will follow a MWF/TR schedule with two days of PA Workshop and three days of a Get Unplugged workshop. PA 2.0s also serve as project leaders and set the example for PA 1.0s.
PAs Have Opportunities to Put Learning into Action
Our goal is for PAs to grow in respect, responsibility and self-confidence. They have responsibilities to the camp community — assisting at login/logout, creating end-of-session slideshows, running recreation events and much more. They are role models for our younger campers and are assigned to camper groups to assist counselors throughout the sessions. PAs assist staff in delivering workshops and program activities and provide critical feedback that helps Emagination continue to improve and grow.
PAs Have Perks
PAs enjoy a dedicated PA Lounge where they can hang out, their own dorm room key and the latest bed times. These are just a few of the perks. Our PAs tell us that the best part of the program is the sense of family and community they have with their fellow PAs. We also consistently hear that they enjoy giving back to the Emagination community that means so much to them.
PAs who successfully complete the program are eligible for a recommendation letter from Emagination’s Executive Director and can earn up to 65 community service hours, depending on their school’s requirements.