Counselor Blog

September 18, 2013

The following is a Summer Story from 2013 by Jake Klingensmith (see right), Geza Head Counselor at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI). Check out GUCI on Twitter: @URJGUCI. Thanks Jake and GUCI for sharing your Summer Story!

August 21, 2013

What’s your favorite memory from this summer? Tell us at media@ACAcamps.org and you might just see it here on the Counselor Blog! We’re looking for stories about:

  • lessons learned
  • favorite mentors
  • skills you gained
  • camp moments you’ll never forget

Submit now through September 16. Stories should be 500 words or less. 

Include with your story:

August 12, 2013

This summer at camp, you undoubtedly learned a lot about character. We've compiled a few quotes on character from some famous former campers and camp staff.

Share your thoughts about character in the comments below, post them to the Counselor Facebook page, or tweet us at @ACAcamps!

August 7, 2013

Whether you already have a new camp leadership role, or you’ll be going for one next summer, there are a few things to keep in mind as you become a camp leader.

Your role is different than it was as frontline staff member, and your responsibilities are more complex. Keep in mind these tips from Harvard Business Review (HBR) and Careerealism as you make the transition:

July 31, 2013

You might call them international staff, but they’re really camp cultural exchange visitors! We love working with and learning from people from other countries — and there’s no better place to do that than at camp!

Did you know?

July 16, 2013

The fun doesn’t have to stop when it rains! If you’re looking for some ways to spend a rainy day at camp, try these activities out.

July 10, 2013

“We don’t learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.”
—John Dewey, influential educational reformer

After a day on the ropes course or canoeing on the river, we ask our campers to reflect on what they learned about themselves, their skills, and their relationships. We know reflection is a powerful tool — but as leaders, are we using it ourselves?

Well, now’s a good time to check in!

July 2, 2013

As a camp counselor, you have a special bond with your campers. Maybe it’s because you teach them new games and songs, eat your meals together, and experience the thrills of camp as a team. And maybe it’s something more, too . . . 

Michael Thompson, PhD, an author and psychologist, writes in “Why Camp Counselors Can Out-Parent Parents”:

June 25, 2013

On the first day of camp, your main objective is to make your campers feel comfortable. But it’s also a great opportunity to make parents feel more comfortable about the camp experience, too!

In their absence, you will take on many of the responsibilities of a parent for your campers. So it’s important you present yourself as the warm, informed counselor you were hired to be! Here are some of our favorite tips:

Get yourself in the right mindset.

June 19, 2013

Chances are you’ll encounter some camper behavior this summer that leaves you frustrated, confused, or worn out. But don’t worry — these tips will help you handle difficult camper behavior and keep everyone on track for a great experience!

Remember to follow any behavior management guidelines specific to your camp or your director’s preferences, and keep the following in mind: