These 13 core competencies:
- Establish standards of practice that help guide career development systems as well as provide recognition to professionals in the camp community.
- Serve as the framework for development of new as well as existing professional development opportunities and resources.
- Focus explicitly on what individuals need to know and do, as opposed to standards for accreditation that emphasize what programs must do to ensure safe, effective services.
Develop and implement sound business practices that include fiscal responsibility, marketing, e-business, and other technological applications.
Develop a business model and practices that are implemented in an ethical and responsible manner and adhere to legal policies and practices resulting in customer satisfaction and organizational sustainability.
Create an environment that builds capacity within the camp community to understand, accept, value, and honor the unique contributions of all people.
Maintain an inclusive camp community that eliminates stereotypes, bias, and bullying based on differences that include but are not limited to age, gender, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, and socio-economic status.
Observe, assess, and evaluate to document that program/curricula meets the needs of the participants as well as the stated goals of the program.
Implement systems for observation, assessment, and evaluation as a way to benchmark program practices, improve program quality, and document participant growth and learning.
Understand the role of the family and community in the development and growth of participants.
Maintain connectedness and civic engagement within communities by linking camp processes and outcomes to external communities.
Establish and maintain an environment in which program and management practices support the physical and emotional well-being of the camp community.
Establish a camp community that fosters wellness as well as encourages healthy lifestyle choices.
Design and administer policies and practices focused on staff recruitment, selection, training, and retention that align with organizational goals.
Develop systematic personnel policies and practices to promote professional development, diversity, organizational behaviors, and leadership development that support all staff needs.
Serve youth/families/adults in a professional manner and participate in the community as a representative of the camp profession.
Serve youth/families/adults in a relevant, up-to-date, and ethical manner that demonstrates a strong sense of professionalism through evidence informed professional practice.
Create an environment that provides learning experiences that meet each individual’s needs, capabilities, and interests in ways that complement developmental tasks in all domains.
Provide support for the development of learning skills that complement individual learning styles to minimize learning loss, increase learning readiness, and acquire specific content knowledge appropriate to the camp’s mission and goals.
Establish a learning environment that capitalizes on the experiential opportunities offered within the camp setting to facilitate an emotional connection to — and stewardship of — nature.
Build participants’ appreciation of nature as well as model practices that promote stewardship and sustainability.
Design and implement appropriate youth/adult programs that engage and empower participants.
Provide programs/curricula that support mission, goals, and desired intentional outcomes of the camp experience.
Establish and maintain an environment in which risk assessment and management practices are implemented.
Establish and maintain proactive risk management practices that address safety within the camp experience and environment for staff and participants.
Develop and maintain infrastructures of the program site to support sustainable and safe operations that follow sound environmental management practices.
Develop and maintain structures, spaces, and properties in safe, well-maintained, and inviting conditions that promote the well-being of participants and the camp setting as well as encourage organizational sustainability.
Understand and apply to the camp experience how all youth and young adults learn and develop in physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains.
Adopt a systematic approach to embrace inclusive positive youth and adult development practices in the camp experience.