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IGGPPCamp Counselor Retrospections

S’mores. Ghost stories. Blanket forts. Pranks. Fireside chats. Everyone has their favorite part of IGGPPCamp. Each August, the IGGPPC community comes together for a virtual camp – FOUR WHOLE DAYS of pen pal shenanigans, crafts, and time spent with friends. With camp just around the riverbend, the IGGPPC staff are already hard at work planning and preparing the virtual campgrounds. But they need YOUR help too!

Each year during camp, Campers are grouped into one of three troops and applications are currently being accepted for Troop Counselors. SIX (two counselors per troop) intrepid and engaging iggles are needed to commit some time and some spirit to make camp accessible and fun for Campers! Interested? GREAT! Submit an IGGPPCamp Counselor application! Still not sure? Read on! We’ve asked some of our former Counselors about their experience and what they LOVED about heading up a troop for IGGPPCamp!

A blue merit badge that reads "Troop Croft" and has a picture of a boot.

Amanda

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
The camaraderie!

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Getting to know a bunch of new iggles, and getting an opportunity to build activities and fun around a theme.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Perfectly golden

 

Belette

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Feeling part of a wonderful community, be in touch with other iggles, meeting new iggles.

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
I felt like I was useful in the community. I had a lot of fun preparing camp (I went to do a photoshooting in the woods to have illustration pictures and gifs to share everyday with my troop), organizing the pranks and trying to win the challenges but most of all, I loved including all the iggles in my troop, trying to make them participate no matter how shy they were!

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Flame kissed

 

Dittany

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Meeting new iggles.

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Being able to create fun activities for our troops.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Lightly toasted

 

Katherine

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Getting together online with campers and seeing the activities they all take part in during camp!

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Knowing that my participation in Camp facilitates new international friendships.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Perfectly golden

 

Kim/Peachy

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Getting to know more Iggles! The crafts and activities are really fun too!

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Getting to know the Iggles in our troops on a more personal basis, and helping the new campers get comfy!

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Set it on FIRE!

 

Liana

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Scavenger hunts! Bake alongs! Silliness!

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Working with my co-counselor to plan out the week/weekend. Getting to be part of a team with someone halfway around the country or world to help make camp happen was the best.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Perfectly golden

 

A blue merit badge that reads "Troop Croft" and has a picture of a boot.

Lydia

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Watching our themed movie together and live-tweeting, and playing TR games together.

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Seeing my troop become friends and getting super involved in everything.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Set it on FIRE!

 

Mercedes

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Movie Nights and Blanket Fort Night

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
The friendships

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Perfectly golden

 

A purple merit badge that reads "Troop Lumos" with a lantern image centered.

Nox

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
The watchalongs

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
I went HARD the one year I was counselor. Tried my best to do as much as I could. Had a 24 hr Harry Potter watchathon, even had a giveaway for our troop. I loved all of it!

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Perfectly golden

 

Sparks

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Meeting new people from IGGPPC. Having the community come together, it’s kinda of what I would imagine a digital version of Hogwarts would be like. I also love all the activity groups that have special events during the time of camp.

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Putting activities together for the campers to enjoy & S’mores! ALL THE S’MORES!

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Perfectly golden

 

A goldenrod merit badge that reads "Troop Schuyler" with purple silhouettes of the Schuyler Sisters from the Hamilton musical.

Steena

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
I love that Camp has this RPG-LARPing feel to it. I love that we make it as realistic as possible.

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor?
Planning! Getting to work with my co-counselor & scheme fun times for our Troop.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Set it on FIRE!

Joanna

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Every. Single. Thing. No really, this is my favorite event of the year, because I love how the community comes together, and how many new people get involved with IGGPPC because of it! I also love hosting my annual Blanket Fort hangouts.

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor? 
I was a counselor the very first year and we got to kind of figure out what being an IGGPPCamp counselor even meant! We chatted a LOT amongst ourselves, took silly photos, the works.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
So, first I put it on a stick of some kind, maybe one I found in the woods if I’m camping, or maybe a metal one from my camping kit, and then I hold the marshmallow out over the fire, and I turn it slowly until it’s starting to melt, and basically riiiight before it’s going to fall off the stick into the fire, I stuff it into the s’more. (Wait, was this supposed to be multiple choice? Um. “Not burned?”)

Kara

What has been your favorite part of IGGPPCamp?
Being a freaking troll. It is my internet-persona-nature and I’m honored I get to encite shenanigans as camp nurse. I also love watching the directors, counselors, and campers alike, get into the spirit and make camp a tangible, incredible experience.  I never went to real summer camp and IGGPPCamp truly makes my wildest camp dreams come true <3

What was your favorite part of being a Counselor? 
Creating a camp-like atmosphere within an online community. I think we did a pretty darn good job, what with our photos, cabin!forums, and chat hijinx! And the care package swap ties it all together and brings camp into real life while celebrating our club’s joint love of snail mail. IGGPPCAMP IS REAL. I’m proud of what camp has grown into from the little seed we first year counselors planted.

How do you cook your s’mores marshmallows?
Set in on FIRE!

Well? Convinced? Here’s the link again for the Counselor application.

If being a Counselor isn’t your cup of tea, you can still be part of making IGGPPCamp happen! Have an idea for an activity you’d care to lead? We’ve got an app(lication) for that! IGGPPCamp Activity application.

Check out all of the AMAZING Troop badges we’ve had over the years! Which were your Troops? Tell us in the comments below!

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