Human Resources

Human Resources Resources

The physical, emotional, and mental well-being of campers is of utmost importance. This can be more readily accomplished when a camp has a system that includes a thorough hiring process, well-planned staff training, and appropriate supervision of campers/staff.

The key to any camp's success is its personnel. One of the unique features of a camp is the vital and all-encompassing leadership role demanded of its personnel in the camp community. Camp personnel are expected to assume many responsibilities, deliver a wide range of services, and complete numerous tasks in an environment of constant close human interaction, all with quality results. Some persons may work with the site operation, some with the program, and some with both.

This demanding nature of the job requires minimums be established in screening, hiring, training, and supervising staff. The personnel criteria included in this section are the result of experience and the review of research in the area of human resource management for both year-round and seasonal operations. The requirements included in the standards vary according to the nature of the positions in question.

Activity Leader Observation Form
Behavior and Discipline
Criminal Background Checks: Background Information and Guidance
Employment of Minors
Essential Functions Job Description
Five-Minute Feedback
Observation of Staff Member
Personnel Policies Sample
Personnel Policies Sample Guidelines
Precamp Training Topics
Professional Development Plan and Courses
Staff Hiring Policies Guide Sample
Staff Interview Guide
Staff Summary Chart
Staff Training Summary
Supervision of Activity Leaders (Short form)
Supervision Ratio Requirements Sample
Voluntary Disclosure Statement

Staff Training Tip Sheets
Child Abuse Prevention
Incorporating Different Voices
Training in Decision Making Related to ACA Standards
Ways to Debrief With Your Campers
Talking to Kids about Their Day
Discussion with Returning Staff Regarding Expectations
The Facilitation Model to Achieve Outcomes
Debriefing: What It Is and Why It’s Cool!


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