Practical Tools for Addressing MESH Needs at Camp

Camp participants and staff experience a range of emotions throughout camp. Some emotional responses are the normal reaction to a new situation while others struggle from a diagnosed condition. Camps must identify strategies to address the mental, emotional, and social health of youth (including staff) during the program. Facility design, programmatic structure, and staff focus are a few ways that camps are beginning to address MESH-related concerns. This session addresses MESH concerns by sharing practical tools for working with individuals that experience MESH issues.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Attendees will gain a broader understanding of mental health concerns that are emerging in camps.
  2. Attendees will learn how various levels of staff can be engaged to address camper MESH concerns.
  3. Create a list of potential projects (outside of ‘regular’ camp duties) to serve as culminating projects for students.
  4. Attendees will learn techniques that may be used to address MESH concerns.
Megan Owens, Alli Faricy, and Cori Miller


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Presenter Bio(s)

Megan Owens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign specializing in youth development practices in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Megan's research focuses on youth social-emotional learning development through out of school time programs with a particular emphasis on summer camps. Megan is a member of the Healthy Camps Committee.

Alli Faricy is the Director of Camp Foley in Minnesota where she attended as a camper, worked as a counselor and has been a director since 2004. She has been a member of the Healthy Camps Committee for the past five years, specifically looking in to how MESH is affecting camp participants and their programs.

Cori Miller is the Camper Care and Enrollment Manager at Camp Harlam. She received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed social worker. Cori has worked with children and families in many settings, including residential, community and school settings providing individual and family therapy, and extended assessments to provide level of care recommendations. Cori is also certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health as a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor.