Below is my recently posted blog for Dawg Camp, one of my most enjoyable experiences in my college career at UGA. Check their blog out here: http://blawgcamp.tumblr.com/ and consider applying for staff if you’re a UGA student!
Dawg Camp is the kind of experience that doesn’t fit into a blog post – and that’s by design. So allow me some leeway as I do my best to express to you the amazing opportunity we call Dawg Camp.
Everything at Dawg Camp starts with the people involved and ends with the people involved. Imagine walking into a room after being selected for staff and finding yourself amongst 30ish of the most creative and enthusiastic leaders on campus. Welcome to Dawg Camp training.
Every meeting of the Dawg Camp staff is like a reunion of long-lost friends. The energy is contagious, love for the program is in the air, and camp is still months away. I won’t lie, for new staffers it is a bit intimidating at first. You have all of these loud and passionate people surrounding you – where do you even begin? Well, worry not my fellow DCers. The staff is incredibly inclusive, and before you know it you will be one of those experienced staffers running around spreading the word about your favorite opportunity to interact with first-year students in a fun and rewarding program.
Let us not forget the ever important campers. They are why this thing exists after all. For all of the excitement and lasting friendships that come out of training, there is actually a very important focus – being ready to put on a program that gets incoming first-year students pumped (and prepared) to arrive on campus for move-in day. Staffers: you will witness an awesome transformation in your small group and the rest of the campers throughout the weekend. Campers: get ready for the time of your life. Let loose. Enjoy the fleeting moments of fun and new friends. And remember, being yourself is all that anyone can ask from you in life.
I have hit on this already, but the program is designed to create an inclusive environment where everyone is welcome to be themselves. Campers get plenty of information throughout the weekend about ways to get involved on campus and the resources that will be available to them at UGA. They also take part in small group meetings and large group meetings that help to promote the importance of diversity and bringing together the overall program. And finally, lets not forget all of the fun. The DC Olympics, the shaving cream fight, the free time, and all of the great bonding and teamwork that come with it only add to the experience. The program and the people result in an amazing amount of….
Personal Growth and Learning
This is really what it comes down to. When you talk to a former Dawg Camp staffer or camper, they are so excited about the program and the people involved because of the immense amount of growth and learning that goes on. Dawg Camp helped me grow as a person. It helped me mature while maintaining my inner child that loves to have fun. I learned about individuals and the importance of hearing the stories of others rather than coming to uninformed conclusions. I developed friendships that I will forever value. I learned how much I care about helping first-year students get acclimated to the University of Georgia and all of the wonderful opportunities that are waiting around the corner. Dawg Camp changed me for the better… And I will never forget that.
But don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself!
Barrett Brooks is a 5th year senior from Dunwoody, GA, graduating this December with degrees in Accounting and Finance.