Twenty Tips for the 20-Something Supervisor

Being in that very first supervisory role is hard for everyone — regardless of age. For younger supervisors there are added challenges in building credibility and gaining the respect of others — it’s only natural to be nervous. Those promoted “from within” to a supervisory position after working at camp for multiple seasons must also be prepared to face possible challenges with the change in roles.

ACA, Keystone 2016 Retreat Experience

Registration will open April 1, 2016.

Please join us for three days of first rate education, top notch networking and world-class relaxation. ACA, Keystone Retreat hosted at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort—features over 15 breakout sessions tailored to your specific needs. 

Effective Supervision Skills for Senior Staff

This course covers the essential skill areas and best practices of the most effective supervisors at camp. Through this one-hour course, you will learn:

  • The four most commonly made mistakes of inexperienced supervisors
  • Seven effective habits of skilled supervisors
  • How to conduct effective staff meetings and check-ins
  • The 5 golden rules of supervising campers good supervisors instill in their staff
  • Three critical types of feedback
  • Nine essential communication skills

The course includes several resource handouts.

The Brains of Emerging Adults, Risk Taking, and the Consequences for Camps

Risk management in the camp profession often means rigorous tests of equipment, detailed training for staff, and preventative measures to eliminate risk. Yet, we often fail to take into account the developmental stages of most staff and how this can impact the level of risk within the camp setting. Most summer camp staff are in their late teens and early twenties — a time of life that is becoming commonly referred to as "emerging adulthood." It is the time of life when many young people are creating their identity, exploring sexual relationships, and deciding on future life goals.