Camp Staff Safety in the Age of #MeToo

It is a story that has been unfolding for over a year: the exposure of often long-standing sexual abuse and harassment of both male and female victims by mostly men in various positions of power. Camps have done a terrific job of creating a safe environment for campers. What is needed now is a clear, nuanced approach with staff that distinguishes between healthy interest and unwanted advances, overtures or worse. This timely webinar is aimed directly at staff. Markel is giving all camp professionals the opportunity to preview it this May!

Giving Constructive Feedback to Sensitive Staff Members Without Them Hating You

Ever had staff tell you they want more feedback and then when you give it, especially if it’s negative, their feelings get hurt? CampCode podcast hosts Gab, Beth, and Ruby tackle one of the hardest and most important skills as a staff manager: giving feedback. This session will share techniques to create a culture of feedback and show how to facilitate opportunities for a healthy exchange of feedback among your camp team.

By the end of the webinar participant will:

Gen-Y At Camp: How to Understand, Manage, and Increase Resiliency in Millennial Camp Staff

Gen·er·a·tion Y (noun):

Generation Y; plural noun: Generation Ys; AKA: Millennials

1. the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s, comprising primarily the children of the baby boomers and typically perceived as increasingly familiar with digital and electronic technology.
2. the people largely comprising staff at camps across America, often (unfairly) called “entitled, whiners, or snowflakes” by older generations.

Evolving Risks — Employment Practices / Sexual Harassment / Unlawful Discrimination

In 2015, there was a sharp increase in the number of calls to the ACA Crisis Hotline about accommodation and inclusion of individuals, both staff and campers, who identify themselves as transgender, gender nonconforming, or gender variant.

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.

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