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

Quirky kids


Every cabin/group has a Quirky Kid or two… these are campers who tend to act, do, and socialize differently from their peer.  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.

Learner Outcomes

During this session, we will

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


Beth Jenson


Single person access  

Price: $39 member; $74 nonmember

  • For You: To have instant access to the course use the "Purchase the Course for Yourself" button below
  • For Someone Other than You:  Please contact us.

Subscription access

Purchase access for multiple persons 

Price: $65 member; $150 nonmember for bundle of 10 learners

Please note the following for subscription access:  

  • Your staff will self-enroll into course with an enrollment key we provide.
  • Your staff may complete the program at their convenience. 

Bundles for alternate numbers of learners may also be accommodated, contact us.

Presenter Bio(s)

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.