Patch's Poll: What Was Your Best Summer Job?

It's that time of year when kids are looking for seasonal employment. What was your favorite summer job? Take our poll and share your memories in the comments.

Ah, Memorial Day. All the kids are home from college and all the high schoolers are getting ready to take those last exams. This time of year means the opening of all the great seasonal businesses - beaches, camps, clam shacks, ice cream trucks.

This got us thinking about our favorite summer job. What was yours? And did it shape the way the rest of your working life has turned out? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments!

Bill Johnson May 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Starting out as a caddy at age 11 at The Framingham Country Club in Mass. Worked there throughout my teens as both caddy and assistant in the pro shop. Great work experience.
David Irons May 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Mine would probably have to be my first summer out of high school, 1964. I served as First Mate on a charter fishing boat out of Niantic taking parties of six out on Long Island Sound for fluke, black fish, bass, blues. porgies and whatever was biting. For the Yale - Harvard Regatta, we had a party of alumni from one of the schools and they were perhaps the wildest bunch of all those we took anywhere. Most of those we took out brought plenty of liquid refreshment and I was usually invited to help myself between baiting their hooks, helping land their catches, and my other duties. The days were often long and hard, but the fresh air and great people made for a great summer. At day's end, if I wished, I could just go below and sleep on board instead of hiking home.
John Sheehan May 29, 2012 at 01:45 PM
When I was fifteen I got a short lived summer job helping to install aluminum awnings. It paid $75.00 per week (in 1957) and I got to travel throughout Southern California. We had to install awnings in Palm Springs so the schedule was to get up around five in the morning and work until around 10:00 AM, return to the motel for swimming and sunbathing, etc, the back to work from five in the evening until around nine at night when it finally got dark. It was hard work but sort of fun since I was (and still am) a clutz around tools. Job only lasted a month but it was memorable.
Louge May 29, 2012 at 02:33 PM
From the age of 17 into my senior year of college, I worked as a camp counselor and eventually camp director for my hometown's recreation department. The job was an absolute blast. For the most part, the campers were a delight and fellow counselors were friends from school, or fellow "townies" as we referred to ourselves. (There was a great deal of pride being Rhode Island born and bred.) The days consisted of kickball, four square, relay races, and general play. We had spirit weeks featuring talent shows, trips to the beach, the movies, etc. As I look back fondly, my summer days were a combination of the movie "Meatballs" and an episode of "The Little Rascals." Many of the campers are now grownups themselves with children, successful careers, etc. It really was a great job.
Joan Mulligan May 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
During High School my mother required all her children (of age) to find summer jobs. I landed one at the Frye Boot company in Marlborough Mass. I made $2.50 per hour. Sweat!! Stink!! Heat!!! Unbearable!!! But EVERY job I've had after that - was cake!


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