I am writing about something very important, which you may not even realize is important. I am a counselor in a day camp, even though this applies to counselors in overnight camps too.
As a counselor, when I come to a day-camp every day, I have two main responsibilities:
1) To give the kids a good time in an educational manner.
2) To make sure the kids are safe.
The second thing is not that easy, seeing that there are a lot of things a small boy likes to do when his parents are not there that are not really so safe.
Still, I (and we) try my hardest every day – in the heat and humidity, even when I may be tired, I still give it my best effort.
Now most parents think counselors work for, and are paid by, the camp, and so tipping would be extra.
Well, I have news for you:
In most camps that is not the case, the camp relies on youth corp. to pay its staff, and if they don’t get money from them, then we get a few dollars from camp or even nothing.
So we turn back to you. I know tuition may be high and why would you want to spend more. But on the other hand, don’t you tip your waiter and taxi driver to the airport.
It is the right thing to do. Especially when your precious child had fun and was kept safe and happy. Don’t you think it’s only fair to give a small tip of a few dollars to the counselors for their hard work?
I think you’ll agree that they deserve a small token of appreciation. Please show us you think we did a good job. Show your son the meaning of hakaras hatov.
Your child’s counselor