The Art and Science of Youth Development: The Role of the Camp Counselor

What do campers need from the counselors who work with them? They need caring relationships with adults they can trust. They need clear limits, high expectations, and healthy challenges. Campers need to be accepted for who they are. They need counselors to support them in taking positive risks and avoiding negative ones. In short, they need you to be the very best you can be.

Calming Camper Conflicts

Conflicts between kids at summer camp can arise for a wide variety of reasons. Here are some steps to help guide you through conflict resolution.

Four Secrets for Effective Human Interaction at Camp

When you agreed to work at camp, you immediately made the decision to have fun, challenge yourself, and change lives. While the format to accomplish this will be provided for you by your camp, the implementation will not. This will come from you in the form of dedication and effort. How much commitment you choose to give is important because campers don’t always come to camp knowing how to succeed.

Unleashed: The Power of You — Alignment and Engagement, Part 1

Dear Camp Counselor:

This summer you will join, figuratively, with more than 320,000 staff working at some 2,400 accredited camps serving more than 7.4 million children nationwide (ACA, 2013). And, suffice it to say, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Why? Because you will greatly influence young lives. And, in my opinion, there’s no greater gift than that.

Helping the Homesick Camper

Many campers experience homesickness. This article will advise summer camp counselors how to help their campers overcome homesickness.

Interrupting Isms: What to Do if Campers Say or Do Something "-Ist"

This resource offers advice to summer camp counselors who need to deal with campers saying something "-ist."

Connecting with Campers in the Age of Screens, Social Media, and Fortnite

Connecting with campers can be difficult for summer camp counselors now that campers have more screen time than ever.

Begin with the End in Mind

The first thing summer camp counselors should do going into camp season is decide how they want campers to remember them once the season ends.

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