When School Goes In, Seasonal Help Goes Out

School will be starting this month and while stay-at-home parents may be celebrating, parks and rec departments are lamenting the exodus of seasonal help as high school and college students – and teachers – head back to the classrooms. Think about it; what would parks and rec departments do without that extra influx of staff to accommodate the expansion of youth programs for the summer season? From camp counselors and interns to extra help with maintenance and field preparations, seasonal …


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4 comments on “When School Goes In, Seasonal Help Goes Out

  1. Mike Hemkerm Director City of Hutto Parks & Recreation Department on said:

    Great article Randy! We have a great young staff here in our City who have been busting at the seams with activties all summer long. With a week to go and then a week of clean up/tear down this article comes at a great time. We’re proud of our Hutto Parks & Recreation Department staff: from the maintenance guys that help our facilities look top notch, to our teen volunteers working with summer reading program children at the library and of course our summer camp staff – all of them have been working harder & smarter.

    They all have done a great job and we are proud of what they have accomplished this summer!

  2. Jim S. on said:


    So true. Two of my children turned their summer parks and recreation experiences into significant scholarship dollars when applying for college. My petite 5′ tall daughter by recounting her life-guarding experience in application essays and my son writing about “Glu-stick Diplomacy” while a vacation camp counselor for his essay.

    I just finished working with a high school student in my division over the summer. Such a great experience for everyone that they wanted to continue the unpaid internship through the school year and we did too!

  3. Mike Hemker, Director City of Hutto Parks & Recreation Department on said:

    Gret article Randy! We truly appreciate all of our seasonal staff who kick it just as hard as our year round folks who keep our programs and facilities moving here in Hutto, Texas!

  4. Frank Vattilano on said:

    The staff at the East Goshen Township Youth Recreation Camp is WONDERFUL.
    I have known these kids since they were enrolled in camp- most since first grade. All of them becamame Volunteers and then were chosen as paid staff.
    They are intelligent, dependable, conscientious, loyal, hard working, and most they coming back until they graduate college. Some become teachers who continue spending summer with us. A GREAT situation.
    I am a very lucky Recreation Director

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