The Role of Skill Building

Building Camps That Care About Kids — Third in a Series of Four Articles

Maybe Walt Whitman was on to something. When we think of the very best ways to help young people grow into productive, caring adults, we like to think that their experiences at camp matter. In this article, we explore what we learned from the Program Improvement Project (PIP) about the skill-building supports and opportunities for campers.

CHA Instructor Certification Clinic

At Valley Mill Camp (www.valleymill.com), in Germantown, MD, we will be hosting our annual CHA, Certified Horsemanship Association (http://www.cha-ahse.org), instructor certification clinic.   There are 4 levels of certification available.  Candidates will be evaluated on riding skills, group lesson teaching skills, and a written test.  

Please contact Celeste (301) 919-8297, for more information.  

Clinic cost $695.

Kayak Instructor Certification Course Levels 1- 2

Kayak Instructor Certification Course Levels 1- 2 

(Lake venues – Essentials of River Kayak) May 28 - 30 Roanoke, Va.

Canoe Instructor Certification Course Levels 1 – 4

Canoe Instructor Certification Course Levels 1 – 4 offered in one course!

(Lake venues – Whitewater Canoe) May 7 - 11, Roanoke, Va.

Year-Round Education of Children and Youth

American Camp Association Position and Resources

Designing Your Programs to Best Enhance the Camp Experience

Top Tips for Camps

  1. Intentionally select program activities that provide one or more of the youth-development supports (supportive relationships, safety, youth involvement, skill building).
  2. Identify and improve ways in which campers are immersed in your camp’s program, philosophy, traditions, and mission.
  3. Examine ways to enhance camper's feelings of physical and emotional safety.
  4. Create meaningful new practices in which youth feel involved in decision making and leadership opportunities.