Gan Israel - Head Counselor Training

Head Counselor Training (1.5 hours) - $5/participant

Your job is unique. You have to lead, yet be part of the group. Learn what to do and what to say to display the 4 essential HC leadership skills: Accessible, Approachable, Teamwork, and Clear Communication.  Participants will be able to:

  1. Use verbal and non-verbal communication tools to encourage staff to communicate openly
  2. Use the "Daily Feedback Form" to receive and give regular feedback
  3. Receive negative feedback effectively, and use the "Next Step Mentality" to make productive changes
  4. Use the "Problem Solving Template" to work towards solutions to problems with staff, parents and campers
  5. Do and Say the right things to build healthy working relationships with your staff, that encourages compliance and teamwork
  6. Deliver rules and fair consequences effectively to staff and campers
  7. Give directions so campers listen, and use the "Broken Record" when they don't. 

Course Schedule:

Recording available for those who register beforehand.​

Rabbi Zalmy Kudan, Director Camp Gan Israel S. Barbara


STOP! Read this first!

  1. The Basics: How to get your staff a login to the course:
    a. Upon successful payment, you will receive an email confirmation with an email text to forward to your staff with the link to register for the courses. It will also be below the payment receipt (automated message).
    b. Email that text to your staff.  YOUR STAFF MUST REGISTER TO GET THE LINK.  IT'S A 2-STEP PROCESS.   
  2. If a staff member can't make any of the sessions, He/she must register before the course to receive a recording and a test. Recordings will only be sent to staff who register for a session BEFORE the session takes place. (Use caution when giving this option, the course is much more effective when staff are involved live!)
  3. Staff members will need to register with their director's name and email.  Upon completing the test, the score and a certificate of completion will be emailed to the staff member and the camp director.
  4. Due to the number of registrants, it is impossible for me to run a report of who registered for what (before the course). Ask your staff to forward you the REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION they receive to prove to you they are registered.
  5. The success of the training lies in its implementation in camp. Directors are invited and encouraged to attend (at no charge) all staff sessions as well.
  6. I love feedback. Please let me know how the staff enjoyed, was it practical, is there something else you'd like to see in a future training...

Presenter Bio(s)

Rabbi Zalmy has been directing Camp Gan Israel camps for 18 years, and has trained thousands of staff, leadership, and directors in many areas of staff training. He is the Education Chair of the Camp Gan Israel National Board and an ACA Visitor.

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