Self-Care During Turbulent Times

Now more than ever, self-care is essential. But, if you struggled with self-care under “normal” circumstances, you might really be wondering how to start now. Camp professionals are traditionally giving, selfless, problem-solvers. Untended though, these same qualities can lead to burnout. Learn the purpose of self-care, shifting your mindset, and practical tips to apply right now to lay the foundation for future habits.

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It's Not Fair! - Things Kids Are Dealing With in a COVID-19 Camp World

Following several months of decreased interpersonal opportunities and increasing anxiety, we should expect many of our campers to struggle upon "reentry." Whether they are able to express it verbally or they show it through behavior, campers will be looking to staff for extra reassurance, support and social scaffolding as they re-learn peer interaction skills, explore new group dynamics, and adjust to changes in structure, safety measures and summer camp as they have known it.

Disability Inclusion During Covid-19 | Strategies for Camp and Recreation Programs

Are you running in-person camp this summer and looking for some support adapting inclusion principles and strategies? If so, join us!

Mental Health Resources — COVID-19

  • Camps Support Social-Emotional Growth and Mental Health Needs in the Time of COVID-19.

ANGST: Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Youth Anxiety Hosted By Foundation for Jewish Camp

Angst Virtual Screening & Panel Hosted By Foundation for Jewish Camp
Join us Tuesday 12/15 @ 1:15-2:45pm ET/ 10:15-11:45am PT for a virtual screening and panel discussion for the film, Angst!

Our Panel Includes:
Karen Legman Segal, Social Worker & Former Camper Care Director of Ramah in the Berkshires
Robbie Berg, Pediatric Psychiatry Resident at John Hopkins & Founding Assistant Director of URJ Sci-Tech Academy
Dr. Betsy Stone, Psychologist & Author, Adjunct Lecturer at HUC-JIR

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Virtual


Youth Mental Health First Aid - Virtual

**This Course is Full - Additional Courses Coming Soon**

Tuesday, January 12, 2020

Biting My Nails: Revisiting Staff Anxiety

It was three years ago when I first wrote about the increasing levels of anxiety that camp directors were seeing in their staff (Ditter, 2016). At the time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta had been reporting that anxiety in children ages 13–18 was at a 40-year high (CDC, 2011). In a survey conducted by the American Camp Association’s Healthy Camps Committee after the summer of 2015, camp directors indicated that anxiety was their number one concern when it came to staff (Gaston, 2015).

Your MESH Professional: Making Decisions for Success

Wondering what type of mental health professional might be a good fit for your camp’s needs?

Interested in knowing what this professional needs to be successful?

Concerned about having a mental health professional when those services aren’t the focus of your camp?