My husband’s younger sister is a youth counselor at a CYO camp. She says that there are alot of problems there. The counselors are all sick, the directors are overbearing and constantly threaten the counselors that they will fire them, telling them they are expendable. They only get one day of rest between sessions and they can’t stay at the camp, but have to travel to wherever they can find a place to crash. She said that they are also driven very hard while they are there, and get very behind on their sleep.
She says that not all of the counselors are Catholic. She told us that they found pot and meth this session at the place where the smokers go to smoke, so that tells you that some of the counselors and/or kitchen staff are using drugs.
She told us that she spoke to the camp nurse this session, and she said that she felt like a prisoner there, that the directors had been rude and overbearing to her, even though the nurse is in her 40s and the camp directors themselves are in their 20s. She told us that the nurse had approached the directors about the lack of sanitation in the bathrooms that the counselors were sharing with her, that there was no soap and the bathroom was filthy, but nothing was done about it. Then the nurse also came down with the same type of illness.
My sister-in-law loves working with the kids, but she’s disenchanted with this camp. She said that they don’t really emphasis the Catholic faith in particular but try to be overly ecumenical.