Evaluating Your Camp Staff Orientation during Orientation

You did it! You’ve checked all the boxes and hired a full team of staff for the summer — counselors, lifeguards, ropes experts, and everything in between. As spring fully begins its transition into summer, there’s one more major item on the checklist before the campers arrive: staff orientation. As camp professionals, we all know the importance of this critical period of time. It builds community, sets expectations, and teaches staff many of the skills and strategies they’ll use to be successful throughout the summer.

New Director Orientation – Blended/Facilitated Cohort B

All sessions begin at 4:00pm Eastern/3:00pm Central/2:00pm Mountain/1:00pm Pacific

Target Audience: Seasonal or newer camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, and others moving into camp leadership positions.

New Director Orientation – Blended/Facilitated Cohort C

All sessions begin at 8:00pm Eastern/7:00pm Central/6:00pm Mountain/5:00pm Pacific

Target Audience: Seasonal or newer camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, and others moving into camp leadership positions.

New Director Orientation (NDO) Blended/Facilitated - Cohort A

All sessions begin at 7:00pm Eastern/6:00pm Central/5:00pm Mountain/4:00pm Pacific

Target Audience: Seasonal or newer camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, and others moving into camp leadership positions.

New Director Orientation (NDO) Online Course - Asynchronous

ACA’ New Director Orientation (NDO) is designed to give you a solid foundation in the competencies and responsibilities necessary to your work as a camp director.  The course has been arranged so you can work at your pace and with the freedom to explore the sections in the order you choose.

This course covers five critical areas to help directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders. The core areas covered include:

Eval 2020: Tricks and Trends for the Next Decade of Camp Evaluation

In the past ten years we’ve welcomed tremendous growth in how and why camp professionals use evaluation to support program planning, staff training, marketing, and funding efforts.  The year 2020 promises continued demand for evidence-informed practice, as well as new challenges to gathering useful feedback from campers, staff, and parents.  In this webinar we examine best-practices in camp evaluation from the past and consider how we might use what works to tackle some of the challenges that lay ahead.  We will specifically cover ACA’s Youth Outcomes Battery, Camp Program Quality Assessmen

Measuring Outcomes 101: Easy Steps for Beginners

ACA’s Youth Outcomes Battery is a set of surveys designed specifically for camp professionals to use to measure camper outcomes. Join us in this webinar to learn about this easy and accessible tool and learn to use it to design a custom-made camper survey to use at your camp. We will also share additional resources for program evaluation designed to support outcomes measurement.

By the end of this webinar:

Research 360: Promising Themes from Phase 1 of the 5-Year Impact Study

Laurie Browne, PhD, discusses what happened during the first phase of the 5-Year Impact Study and what will happen next during Phases 2 and 3. 

Have a Data Party to Share Evaluation Results!

Greetings! I am Kendra Lewis, evaluation coordinator for the California 4-H Youth Development Program at University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. I am going to share my experience with a “data party” as a way to engage camp staff in evaluation data. In California, we recently held a one-day workshop with 4-H camp staff (teens and adults) to review evaluation data collected at their camps last summer. Evaluation data was collected from two sources: youth campers and teen camp staff. We had nearly 30 people representing six camps attend.

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