The research proposal that I picked for this course is what the summer camp counselor’s role is for the campers, and for the camp. How does the counselor’s role affect the experience for the campers? What is the best advice a counselor could take in to make the camp experience better. Do campers feel that their counselor is more a friend, or there to babysit? I feel these questions are a good start to the research I will be doing. There are also a lot of sub questions that come from these questions that will be asked such as why the role of the counselor is what it is, do campers often take the advice given to them and have camps been getting better or worse because of this advice, and why do the campers feel this way about their counselors?
I will be attempting to use interviews, observation, and the internet to answer these questions I have posted above. One of my best friends growing up is actual involved in the summer camp business. His name is Jacob Tesmer, and his dad, Robert, runs a week long summer camp called “Buckeye Camp”. It is a local camp located at Buckeye Lake, that both Jacob and his sister, Lauren, work out with their father. I will be asking them questions in an interview about the role of being a counselor. Since both Jacob and Lauren attended the camp, I will be able to get both the view of the counselor, and the camper. I will ask them how they approach the counselor role, and how the type of counselor varies. Also, I will ask if they felt if their counselors over the years acted more as a camper’s friend, or just as a person in charge. I will ask Robert, the leader of the camp, what advice he gives his counselors to ensure the best camp experience for the campers. I will also ask him what role he feels the camp counselor should play in the camp role. Should the counselor be very involved, or should they let the campers have more freedom to do things how they please? I will ask Robert what tactics he uses to teach his...
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