Mental Wellness for Campers and Staff: Tips for the Camp Professional

While many of us have an image of childhood as carefree, many children and youth experience adversity that puts them at increased risk for physical and mental health problems.  However, developing caring relationships and healthy habits early in life can help to reduce the impact of negative experiences.  Camps provide a unique experience for young people to develop relationships with peers and caring adults and to acquire skills that will set them on a path to leading a healthy and productive life.  In this webinar, participants will learn more about how adversity affects youth and will id

Exploring Technology for Camp Health Services

Futurists predict that camps will have compelling interests and benefits for utilizing electronic health records within the next 3-5 years.  Some camps are already using electronic records and incorporating technologies in a myriad of ways to support camp healthcare.  This webinar examines the use of electronic health records by exploring the opportunities and challenges for adopting this approach in the camp setting.  The webinar will also provide participants with a recommended list of questions, based in part on efforts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, to ask vendors currently ma

Effective Human Resource and Employment Practices

Having the right papers in place is one key to finding, hiring and supervising your seasonal or year round staff.  This session will provide samples, ideas and tips for applications, job descriptions, interviewing and personnel policies. 

LEARNER OUTCOMES:

  1. Review samples of current human resource management tools.
  2. Understand components of an effective human resource management plan.
  3. Explore sources of human resource information.
  4. Learn best practices in human resource management.

Building a Better Lifeguard

The skill sets and knowledge required to successfully lifeguard and supervise aquatics activities are often vastly different than those required to pass a lifeguarding certification class. While certification serves as a foundation, it is up to the camp operator to provide additional training, mentoring, and skills development in order to build lifeguards with competent abilities.

Beyond Pink and Blue: Strategies for Addressing Gender Stereotypes in Youth Programs

From an early age, children adopt beliefs about what boys or girls should do and like – from pink blankets for baby girls to sports equipment for little boys. Youth come to your program having already received years of messages about what is “right” for girls or boys. Does your program help expand youths’ beliefs about their opportunities and responsibilities? Is your program part of the solution to the limitations posed by sexist stereotypes faced by both boys and girls? In this webinar, we will examine program practices that reinforce, resist, and relieve gender stereotypes.

Bag of Tricks: Tools and Resources for Helping All Kids Succeed at Camp

Every provider needs a portable Bag of Tricks they can dig into during unexpected wait times, when activities don’t go as planned or when a youth needs extra support. This webinar will give ideas of items to include in your own Bag of Tricks to be prepared to conquer some of the challenges encountered on any given day. Directors will be able to take these practical ideas immediately back to camp and share with counselors and program staff to create a more successful experience for all campers.

Through this webinar, participants will:

Courses & Webinars to Help Meet ACA Standards

This list of ACA Online Courses and Recorded Webinars shows the ACA standards that would be addressed during the course or recorded webinar. Completing the course/webinar does not in itself "meet" the ACA standard listed. However, by completing the course, the learner will be introduced to topics that will help meet the standard or gain knowledge as to how they might meet the specific standard.

ACA Webinar: Growing “The Camp Experience”: Building Year-Round Educational Relationships with Public and Independent Schools

October 18, 2011, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Presenter: Tony Oyenarte

Session Description

Many camps and other informal youth programs are interested in developing relationships with public and independent schools to broaden educational programs for youth. Getting started can be a challenge! This session will provide an overview of establishing and cultivating educational relationships with schools with a sharing of curriculum models and schedules.

Camp Director Online Course Package

Continuing education and professional development have never been easier.  With ACA’s Camp Director Package, you can learn from the comfort of your own home or office at a time that’s right for you.  From risk management to preventative maintenance, this package provides you with the necessary hours of professional development needed to meet ACA Standard HR.1.2.  Critical education related to child abuse reporting, criminal background checks, and practical lessons from ACA’s crisis hotline make this a must for camp directors, particularly those with less than five years of experience.  This

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