What Would You Do?

Read the 2011 Fall CampLine now to find out what serious issues camps dealt with this summer and how staff worked to solve them, including: health and medical issues, camper behavior, parent behavior, and more! It's a great way to prepare yourself for next season!

Also in the Fall CampLine, brush up on ACA's initiatives in Washington, and learn about the issues surrounding use of medical marijuana in camps.

A Great Time to Get Outdoors!

As camp staff, you know the importance of enjoying and caring for your natural surroundings. This time of year, the leaves are changing and the air is crisp — fall is a great time to get outdoors!

Here are our top ten favorite fall activities:

Resources for School Counselors

Has working with kids at camp inspired you to pursue a career in school counseling?

Here's a resource for you!

"30 Informative Q&A Sites on Counseling Young Children" provides great resources on general counseling, grief counseling, and guidance counseling for young children.

Inside Information: What Might You Be Asked in an Interview?

Interviews are way to showcase your personality and skills. Before any interview, it’s important to take some time to think about yourself and how you handle responsibilities (both on and off the job). Prepare yourself to answer questions in a clear, concise, and confident way.

Here’s an insider’s look at what camp directors consider when they are preparing for your interview: what questions they might ask, and what they are looking for in your responses.

Staff Training: What Do You Expect?

Staff training is about what you are expected to do. The reason for those expectations is directly related to the experience every camper has at camp. Every expectation (or, in other words, every moment) should positively impact the kids' camp experience. It's pretty straightforward mathematics: Expectations + You = Camper's Experience.

Read Scott Arizala's full article.

Staff Decisions in a Typical Camp Day

Kim Aycock, M.S.T., staff trainer and teacher, offers questions you should ask yourself during any decision-making process.

Strategies for Working with Children Who Have Attention Deficits

Christopher Thurber, board certified clinical psychologist and co-founder of ExpertOnlineTraining.com, offers advice to counselors working with campers who have attention deficits.

Top 10 Summer Survival Tips: Advice to Help You Stay Focused and Avoid Burnout

Sandy Cameron, former editor-in-chief of Camping Magazine, offers advice on how to pace yourself for the summer season.

In the heat of the summer, it's easy to lose focus and begin to feel burnout. Read these ten summer survival tips to cool the burnout and maintain your energy and enthusiasm at camp.

Facebook: The Camp Version

Ever lost your cell phone? Then you know the uneasy feeling of losing all those numbers, reminders, apps, and connections.

At camp, you are probably told to put the phone away when you’re with campers — or maybe you don’t even get reception! While on the job, does being without your phone — and all its many resources — make you feel uneasy?

Remember Gumby?

Again this week, we look at “apps” you don’t need a cell phone to access at camp! Kim Aycock, MST, shows you how to be flexible this summer with a “Gumby App” — for those times when bad weather, technical difficulties, or longer-than-expected activities threaten “regularly scheduled programming.”

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