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.