Babysitting and camp counseling are common gigs for NT students, as 55.6% of survey participants indicated that they babysit and 94.1% indicated that they have worked as a camp counselor or camp volunteer.
We have compiled best and worst babysitting/camp stories submitted by NT students for your entertainment.
Best One-Liners From Kids
“My mommy lets me play in the oven.”
"How many grandchildren do you have?"
"I just wanna cry until I drown all the bad people!"
"Can you say it in a daddy voice now?"
"Your brother is cute, can I marry him?" (From a six year old girl to me about my 22 year old brother.)
"I’m afraid of death."
"I can’t play guitar so I can’t be a rock star. Instead I’ll be a pop star."
"My daddy is married to my nanny."
Worst Horror Stories
"There was a girl who wouldn't stop screaming and making everything about her, and nobody wanted to deal with her so the other counselors gave her to me. I was nice to her but that made her get super clingy, though the other kids kept trying to talk to me or get my help as well. I was talking to four kids at the same time at one point."
"One was at a movie theater where I was hanging out with the other leaders when I heard a call to check the bathrooms before we went to go see the movies. When I went in, I saw a kid who gave me "that look". If you ever had an accident before, you know what I'm talking about. Then he started crying... So I 'bravely' went in and saved the day by drying him down and changing his clothing. It was a conflicting experience."
"I was supervising over the gym and saw two siblings aged seven and eight playing with each other. They were playing basketball. I thought oh that's great... I looked away one second and when I turned back, saw one of the brothers hurl a basketball at the other's head. Whaaaaaaaaaaa. I kinda just stood there for a second and thought to myself and said wow. That actually just happened. So, I broke them up and talked to them one on one. I patted myself and thought I did a good job. The next day, the same thing happened AGAIN. So yeah... Lesson learned... Don't take little kids physical abilities for granted."
"At the beginning of the week I started with the oldest kids cabin with 13-15 y/o kids, but half way through the week I got switched to the youngest kids cabin with 6-7 y/o kids. My first 10 minutes with these little girls were absolute hell, I show up to the cabin, all 8 of the girls need to pee so they make a line all of them jumping up and down and spinning around in circles like it was going to help. The first girl manages to clog the toilet with ALL of the toilet paper. So now none of the other 7 girls can go. I try to unclog the toilet in time before they all pee themselves on the cabin floor, which was not working because Lady Luck was not on my side and that toilet was not going to flush without a lot of work put into it, and even if it was unclogged the kids wouldn't have toilet paper so that wouldn't work. Now all the girls are trying to make me deaf with complaints and I have to march them still jumping and spinning to the various other cabins to relieve themselves."
"I lost a kid on the subway."
"At camp we had a couple international campers, one of these boys was from Beijing. He had never tasted ketchup before camp, but once he got a taste of it, he became addicted to it like heroin. It got so bad he would steal pocketfuls of ketchup packets and bring them into his bed and spread the ketchup on the walls around his bunk. The worst was when he waited until his councillor was asleep and then spread the ketchup around in his sheets and slept in it, but he had saved so much that it seeped from his bed onto the bunk below him and onto the floor and on most of his belongings. I am truly happy I was not the one who had to clean it up, or explain to the mother why their child and belongings had a faint must of tomato paste."
"The little boy I’d been babysitting for two years could read a chapter book to me, all by himself, after struggling with reading and writing for so long!"
"Kids asking me to help them like I used to ask my old counselors."
"I volunteered at a camp last summer and got all my hours which felt so good."
"Kids running up to hug me at the end of the weeks was really sweet."
"A camper begged their mom to let me babysit them because I was their favorite counselor."
"I love working with kids as I want to be a teacher when I grow up. I find it rewarding all the time as I see the progression of how the kids change over the time I'm taking care of them. I love to see the change in discipline and how much more comfortable they feel around you. It's really fun and great to work with kids! If you haven't, try it! It'll be a lot of fun and a great learning experience!"