Indiana Youth Institute’s 2020 KIDS COUNT Conference

You are invited to IYI’s 2020 KIDS COUNT Conference, which will be held virtually on December 1-2. The Conference remains the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals, and this year promises continued shared learning and connections. 

With 60 break-out sessions, you’ll gain practical resources from nationally recognized experts and learn what’s working (and what’s not) in programs just like yours. You can also make virtual but equally meaningful connections with peers who understand the challenges of the moment.

Gan Israel Gifting our Campers (and ourselves) with Character

Are you ready to go from counselor to educator?  Do you want your campers to know you "get them".  Do you know that "there must be a better way"?This course gives you the skills to turn any negative character into a teachable moment.  Learn the art of real "chinuch" education, where you are building character, and affecting long-lasting change in yourself and the children in your care. Participants will learn to:

Gan Israel - Creating a Successful Framework for Every Camper - Dealing with Difficult Campers

Creating a Successful Framework for Every Camper - Dealing with Difficult Campers (1.5 Hour) - $5/participant

Geared towards experienced counselors and head counselors who wish to take their skills to the next level. While no two children are the same, learn steps you can take to better manage campers with special behavioral and social needs.  With these children better positioned to have success in camp, your frustration will decrease and the good atmosphere in your bunk will increase.  Participants will be able to:

Tears and Rain: Disciplinary Debacles at Summer Camp — Lessons Learned

The sometimes heavy rain on the last and closing days of camp only accentuated the tears of sadness shed in this closest of communities. Some were tears borne of the profound sense of loss that the end of another season brings.

Those were the "good" tears.

Others reflected the disappointment of peers, counselors, and camp directors at the last week's actions of five about-to-graduate, and oldest, members of the camp's teen leadership program.

Those were the "bad" tears.

Children Need Play: Can They Get It at Camp?

When I was a child, in the 1950s, children were far freer than they are today. By the time I was five, I could go anywhere in town, on foot or bicycle, without adult accompaniment. My family moved often, and in every town I found a new, different culture of childhood. In one town, when I was eight and nine, we made and flew crazy-looking kites, and we played endless games of baseball with our own made-up rules to fit the odd-shaped vacant lot and the motley, age-mixed group of players.

The Time of Our Lives: How Summer Camp Tames Transition Trouble

It is a common refrain that the college years best represent "the time of our lives," replete with newfound independence and denoting fulfillment of academic, social, emotional, and workforce development goals. In reality, for many it may be something quite different — and quite unsettling.

ACA, Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic Camp Conference 2021

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14 + Educational Sessions - 20 Presenters

60 Minute Sessions - YMHFA Pre-Conference

Available For Viewing Through February 15th

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Talking about Youth Development: Helping Campers Grow into Successful Adults

"The resilient child is one who works well, plays well, loves well, and expects well."

Norman Garmezy

When we talk about youth, we too often use negative terms: what we would like them to stop doing. We want them to stop using drugs, stop drinking, stop dropping out of school, stop having sex, stop getting pregnant, stop being violent, and stop committing other delinquent acts. In short, we would like them to stop having problems - and stop being problems.

Boys and Camp - Developing Skills for Life Success

I spent a few months earlier this year visiting camps throughout New England. One of my stops was Camp Watitoh, a sleepaway camp in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, where a college classmate and friend of mine is now a co-director. While Camp Watitoh is coed, it has separate campus areas for boys and girls. I arrived a bit worn out from a red-eye flight and the subsequent drive, but became immediately energized by lush green playing fields filled with enthusiastic campers.