Campus Works — in the Summer, Too

This summer, Brooks' beautiful campus transformed into a busy place of work for students and alumni who reported at Great Pond Road each day to clock in at Brooks School Summer Programs.

Mathias Tankersley '19 (third from left) poses with campers by Lake Cochichewick.

More than a dozen Brooksians spent eight weeks performing various duties at the day camp for children. Responsibility ranged from lifeguarding and helping out with the drama program to serving as camp and tennis counselors.

For many, being on campus in the summer is a cherished tradition. Counselor Brian Barker-Morrill '20, for one, has been a part of the Brooks School Day Camp community for 13 years.

Emily Roush '18 (in middle on left), Anya Sanchorawala '21 (middle right) and Katie O'Brien '19 (far right) were among the many Brooksians working with campers this summer.

Getting to play all day with kids is another big draw for those participating in the program. "I was a group counselor this summer and I worked with nine-year-olds," said Katie O'Brien '19, another longtime-camper-turned-counselor (below on left). "I loved having a group this year because I really got to know the campers."



Brian Flanagan '18 worked at camp last year and returned again this summer to help with a group of children aged 10 to 12. He enjoyed bonding with the children in his charge, as well. "I loved working with the kids, and it made me think about how great it could be if I become a father some day," he said. (He's already learned some of the patience required. Flanagan recalled: "I had to develop a lot of patience because sometimes the kids were very slow walking to places and we had to keep walking then stopping multiple times during a trip.")

Perhaps the biggest takeaway, though, is the way in which working at camp in the summer gave Brooksians a new way to experience and appreciate the school's 271 acres.

"Being here in the summer showed me many different areas that I've really never experienced before," said Flanagan (on far left below). "We spent a lot of time around the pool and tennis area, the boathouse, the fire trail, and in the woods on the way to the boathouse. During my time at Brooks, I really never spent much time in any of those areas, so it was cool that I could this summer."

O'Brien echoed the sentiment. "Experiencing Brooks both during the summer and school year gives me a true appreciation for the place," she said. "Although my camp life and school life are so separate, it's amazing how one campus can impact my life in so many ways."

And lasting ones that that. She shared that counseling at camp has helped her realize that she may want to pursue a career working with children!

Learn more about Brooks School's Summer Programs, which typically run from the end of June through August.

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