Camp Texas Receives Record Number of Counselor Applications

This year’s competition to become a Camp Texas counselor is going to be tougher than ever—with a record 236 applications for the camp’s upcoming 21st year.

Texas Exes student relations coordinator Kelsey Roberts says she expects the 36 percent jump in applications to create a stronger, even better class of counselors for 2013.

“The increase in applications allows us to be a bit more selective,” Roberts says. “Now we can make sure that we are getting the best.”

Inspired by Texas A&M’s fish camp, two UT students founded Camp Texas 20 years ago to help incoming students better acclimate to life on the Forty Acres through meet and greets with professors, Olympic-style competitions, and leadership training—not to mention a festive luau.

Last year, the three-day trip expanded to five sessions, allowing more than 800 incoming freshmen to get in on the fun.

“A lot [of the applicants] are campers that went to Camp Texas,” says Sara Saastamoinen, Camp Texas’ fundraising co-chair.  “Because we had a greater number of counselors last year, more of them were able to tell their friends to apply.”

This week, the Camp Texas executive team will conduct interviews to find the 50 new counselors who will welcome the new class of freshmen next August.

Registration for Camp Texas 2013 will begin in May.

Photo by Matt Portillo from Camp Texas 2011.


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