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    • The camps pay the counselors, but there is still hakaras hatov that you can show by tipping the counselors and showing that you notice and appreciate all they do for your children.

      You can buy a small chocolate for $1.19 or a pastry for $1.89 or an iced coffee for $1.35. (Priced in NPGS) So if you have 5 children who each have 2 counselors – you can give them all something small to show you appreciate what they gave your child – for under $12!

      Especially if your kids go to a big camp with bussing, and you never met the counselors to thank them in person, show them that you recognize their hard work.

  1. I never expected a tip in all my years as a counselor.
    I only received one tip in the seven years I was a counselor.
    The understanding we had was that we were being paid for the work we were doing and that was all we were entitled to.
    In the five years since then, counselor’s pay has gone up between 200-400%.
    Camps are not making much money despite the rise in tuitions because all their costs from counselors to trips to bussing have risen immensely

  2. I have spent the last two summers as a counselor for 7 and 8-year-old boys. My salary was not much. Last year, two boys gave my co and I tips out of a bunk of 25 boys. We felt like our hard work had gone unnoticed. This year, 10 were nice enough to do so, thereby ending my summer on a happier note. It’s hardly the money we enjoy. One mother gave a chocolate bar. Just the letter of appreciation is enough to make the whole job worth it. If not any of that, at least call us to thank us for all the time, energy, and resources we spent trying to give your son a great summer. Thank you to those who do so already, it really means a lot!

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