Trip Leader Training for Summer Staff: How to Prevent Trip “Trip-Ups”

Have you ever had an incident on a camp trip that made you shake your head and say, "What was that trip leader thinking?"  Research shows that many of our young staff members need additional training and modeling in judgment because they lack complete development in the pre-frontal cortex region of the brain. In this session, we will guide you through the process of designing a trip leader training that demonstrates and supports your camp's "best practices" while guiding new (and experienced) trip leaders through scenarios that will support good judgment, appropriate resource use and critical thinking skills.  

Through this webinar, participants will:

  1. Learn hands-on strategies and techniques they can corporate when designing trip leader training programs. 
  2. Practice, create and debrief judgment scenarios that engage and educate trip leaders about the importance of "good judgment."
  3. Understand how to design a complex, real-life trip scenario for their camp that will engage their trip leaders' critical thinking skills and lead to more thoughtful, better led trips during the summer.
Ariella Rogge and Elizabeth Rundle, Sanborn Western Camps


ACA members $35; Nonmembers $70

Presenter Bio(s)

Ariella Randle Rogge is the Associate Director/Program Director at Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO. She has spent the last twenty years working as a youth development professional in the camping industry and in the experiential and secondary education fields. She is a passionate advocate and supporter of the Children in Nature movement and utilizes her expertise in social media to emphasize the importance of outdoor and camp experiences for all children. Ariella received a B.A. in English from Colorado College and is a certified secondary English educator and Wilderness EMT. She lives happily in the Colorado woods with her husband and two adventurous young sons.

Elizabeth Rundle is the Director of the Junior Program at Sanborn Western Camps. She is also an instructor with the High Trails Outdoor Education Center, an experiential-based school program. Her goal is to help campers and staff take time to slow down and make relevant, meaningful connections with the natural world.