2022 Staff Training Issue of Camping Magazine

Each year, the May/June issue of Camping Magazine is devoted to staff training — perfect for Staff Orientation!

Sankofa: The Value of Meaningful Debrief to End the Camp Season

Another camp season is complete. After working overtime to ensure that every session was special, enriching, and fun-filled, we camp professionals are finally able to exhale. We did it! The energy, dedication, and tenacity that it takes to run a summer camp is nothing short of heroic, which is why it is typical for camp professionals to use the weeks following the end of camp to squeeze in some well-earned rest and rejuvenation before diving back into planning for the next camp season.

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.

Evidence-Informed Guidance for Summer Camp Staff Training

This webinar will provide camp professionals with promising, evidence-based practices for summer staff training. Camp professionals can level up their trainings by learning more about comprehensive, research-informed evidence of promising practices in their staff training approaches. This webinar can help camp administrators make decisions about training their staff.

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:

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.

Quirky Kids: What We Can Do When a Kid Doesn’t “Fit”

Description

Every cabin/group has a Quirky Kid or two… these are campers who tend to act, do, and socialize differently from their peer.  Quirky kids often don’t pick up social cues, or else alienate friends with impulsive, spacey, or explosive emotions. Keeping Quirky Kids following camp rules can be a nightmare for a new counselor. And they just can’t stop talking about Magic the Gathering.

Learner Outcomes

During this session, we will

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