Counselor Survival Kit

As you get ready to welcome this summer's camp counselors, consider creating a "survival kit".

Common kit components can include a flashlight, watch, first aid kit, water bottle, stickers, list of games, sunscreen, pen and notebook.

But Curt "Moose" Jackson at suggests a more whimsical approach.

Here is his list of items to add:

Bandage Strip

To remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's.

Lifesaver Candy

To remind you that you can come to me if you need someone to talk to.

Hugs & Kisses Candies

To make everything worthwhile.

Candy Hugs

To remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment every day.

Bath Salts

To "take you away" when you need a quiet break.

Pearl-Colored Bath Oil Beads

To remind you that your pearls of wisdom will touch many lives.


To remind you to be flexible -- things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.


To help you keep going, and going, and going...... (like the Energizer Bunny).

Animal Crackers

For when your cabin seems like a zoo.

Jingle Bell

So you can ring for help if you need it; we're here to help each other.

Rubber Glove

For when you need a helping hand.

Smiley Face Sticker

To remind you to wear a happy face -- here's one for when it seems difficult.

Flower Pot

To remind you that you are here to plant the seeds of _________.


To help you "hang in there".


To remind you that you are a priceless part of our camp.


To remind yourself to pick the good qualities in your campers.


To remind you that everyone makes mistakes. That's okay; we learn by our errors.


To remind you that you are worth a mint to us.

Stick of Gum

To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.

Jolly Ranchers

For when you need a little happiness.

100 Grand Candy Bar

So you will be paid what you are worth.


To remind you that some things are best left unsaid.


So you can dry the tears of wounded child.


To remind you that after every storm there is a calm.

Paper Clip

To help you hold it together when everything seems to fall apart.

Sweet and Sour Tarts

To remind you to appreciate your campers' differences.

Cotton Ball

To cushion the rough roads ahead.

Fortune Cookie

To remind you that it is your campers' good fortune to have you as their counselor.

Gold Chocolate Coins

To remind you that you are worth your weight in gold.


To remind you that we all stick together and help each other.


To remind you to shine and always try your best.

Gold Thread

To remind you that friendship ties our hearts together.

Bryan BuchkoComment