Webinar - Quirky Kids: What We Can Do When a Kid Doesn’t “Fit”

Thursday, 9 May 2019 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

All times local unless stated differently below.

May 9 Webinar
Date: Thursday, May 9, 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM EASTERN

$35 ACA Members, Non-members $70

Every cabin/group has a Quirky Kid or two… these are campers who tend to act, do, and socialize differently from their peers. Quirky kids often don’t pick up social cues, or else alienate friends with impulsive, spacey, or explosive emotions. Keeping Quirky Kids following camp rules can be a nightmare for a new counselor. And they just can’t stop talking about Magic the Gathering.

During this session, we will:

  1. Examine your “norms” in what a child is expected to be able to socially do within a camp program.
  2. Identify some differences between deliberate and unintentional “acting out”.
  3. Increase staff and peer acceptance, tolerance, and awareness of a wider spectrum of social diversity.
  4. Give staff awareness and tools in how to socially coach the quirkier kids.
  5. Enforce tolerance and inclusion amongst their peers for harmless weirdo behavior.


Beth Jenson, LMHC , assists Camp Orkila YMCA on Orcas Island with year-round camper and staff behavioral and mental health issues, professional ethics guidelines, crisis management, and helps staff in attending to their own personal boundaries and self-care. She listens to Gen-Y staffer’s problems and concerns all year round and creates training designed to keep staff engaged, motivated, and emotionally resilient in the face of “tired brain.” She is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of WA, with a private practice specializing in kids, teens and families. Beth especially loves her work supporting camp staff with especially "quirky" kids and often wishes she had the amazing superpowers of Gen-Y herself.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration closes at noon Eastern the day of the webinar. Please contact customer service at 800-428-2267 if you have any difficulties registering for this webinar. Webinar log-in information will be sent to registrants before the webinar, with a reminder being sent the day before the webinar. Only individuals who register and participate will be eligible for CECs.

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