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Creating a Sense of Community in Camp
Description and Learner Outcomes:
Camps are often described as communities or even families. It’s true - camp is a community and the ability of staff members to help foster a positive sense of community at camp can be critical to the success of the camp experience. This course was designed to teach front-line staff how to help children and youth develop a sense of community and connectedness to the camp experience. Staff will learn how “sense of community” is defined and why it’s important. They’ll also learn about barriers that can reduce a camper’s sense of community and specific strategies for enhancing sense of community. The course focuses on specific tips and techniques that all staff can implement and resources that camps can add to their staff training tool-kits.
Although this course was designed with camps in mind, the strategies are applicable to many other youth settings such as after-school programs, environmental education centers, and youth sports.
Jeff Jacobs, Ph.D., is as an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California. His research and teaching has focused on outdoor and camp leadership, adventure travel and tourism, affinity for nature, and sense of community. Jeff has served as a summer camp director for the past fourteen summers, continues to lead international adventure trips, and is often the biggest kid at camp. He has made multiple international, national, and regional presentations and has been a frequent contributor to Camping Magazine. Jeff has served as the coordinator of ACA’s Camp Research Symposium since 2007. View Jeff's course on creating community in camp.
Course Length: 45 minutes
Course Credit: .75 CECs
TWO Purchase Options:
Single person, one-year access to course
Price: $25member; $60 nonmember
Purchase the "Creating a Sense of Community in Camp" course
Multiple person (up to 50 persons*), subscription access to course
Price: $55 member; $90 nonmember
*Additional learners will be $5 per person member; $28 nonmember. Please contact ACA to place your order for more than 50 learners 800-428-2267 ext. 305
Purchase subscription access to "Creating a Sense of Community in Camp" course for up to 50 persons.
Please note the following for subscription access:
- You will be required to supply enrollment information for each learner
- The cost of the course allows up to 50 members of your staff to take the course until December 31 of the current year, unless you purchase additional learners. After that time, you/your camp will need to purchase the course again for the following year.
- Your staff may complete the program at their convenience.
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