Mental Health Resources — Tips for Camps

Top Tips for Camps

  1. Establish a mental health support network. Build relationships with community mental health resources prior to your camp season.  Have professionals in place that you can contact at any time to help you with mental health issues.

Professional Development and Self-Care: A Dynamic Duo

The past few years have been a blur in so many ways. A time warp of self-sacrifice, constant vigilance, planning — and an overall nightmare for health care. It’s been a time for fast-paced learning, growing, and improving. The COVID-19 pandemic has offered glimpses of some silver linings, and now with a greater understanding of the disease and how best to manage it, it’s time to start recalibrating ourselves to a world living with COVID-19.

Can We Do Even Better When It Comes to Mental Health?

Running a camp is one of the world’s most awesome responsibilities. Awesome, because what’s a cooler job than running a camp? Also awesome because the responsibility is so big that it can be overwhelming.

MESH Mechanics That Spur Personal Development in Campers and Staff

We are experiencing a shift in the landscape of mental, emotional, and social health (MESH). Even 10 years ago, children and teens participated in more play and personal interaction without the pressures of constantly being connected through the internet and mobile devices. The current digital age has shifted the focus of youth from interacting physically to engaging remotely. In addition, the COVID pandemic created significant difficulties for youth to be together in a physical space.

Mental Health at Camp for Frontline Staff

Mental Health at Camp for Frontline Staff Course will prepare frontline staff to support campers and themselves around Mental Health and Well-Being at Camp. It is a 90+ minute self-paced online course with short video clips, assignments, and quizzes. The content provides a framework for frontline staff to understand their role at camp in support of the campers. It also provides some specific tools for having supportive conversations with campers struggling. Finally, it includes a section on self-care for staff at camp.

Mental Health at Camp for Leadership Staff

Mental Health at Camp for Leadership Staff Course will prepare camp leadership for supporting both staff, campers, and themselves around Mental Health and Well-Being at Camp. It is a 60+ minute self-paced online course with short video clips, assignments, and quizzes. Assignments prompt leadership staff to consider the content and reflect on their own experiences and particular camp programs. This course does not result in a final grade, and the quizzes are not designed to be graded. A PDF of the slides is available at the end of the course.

Preventing Burnout: Caring for Your Staff’s Mental Health while Camp Is in Session

A camp job is hard work. Camp is so worth it, as evidenced by all the positive outcomes research has shown campers achieve. But that does not make the job any easier — especially for the teenagers and young adults camps employ, who may be vulnerable to the ever-increasing mental health crisis in the United States. So it is important to check in with staff all season long to make sure each and every one of your employees is in a healthy state of mind.

I SURVIVED Summer 2021 — And I Need Help

A special event with renowned licensed clinical social worker and child, adolescent, and family therapist Bob Ditter.  Session focused on strategies, recommendations, and insights to help those in attendance thrive in 2022 and beyond.

CampWire Episode 39: Mindfulness Practices at Camp

ACA's Professional Development Manager of the Western Region, John Beitner, sits down with Susan Fee and Tanea Mills to discuss how mindfulness practices can enhance the camp experience. 

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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