Meet Staff Where They Are Not Where You Wish They Would Be

Unanswered emails. Requests (demands) for time-off. Over-involved parents. What’s the matter with young people today? Most likely nothing! We have more in common with this cohort of staff than one might think; their needs are just expressed differently. We have an opportunity to communicate that we are in touch with the times and yet have a handle on timeless wisdom. Recruit staff for next summer (and beyond) by demonstrating that we understand the perspectives of those we hope to hire without compromising important vision, values, and views.

No Generation Left Behind

Without a doubt, the most popular comment I get from clients in my public speaking work is (some variation of) “’Kids today have absolutely no initiative or basic work ethic! I ask them, ‘Well, how would you accomplish this task if it was all up to you?’ . . . and they just stare at me.” And eight times out of 10, that comment is followed with a grumbled “Millennials …”

2019 May/June Camping Magazine

Limited copies of the Staff Training issue are still availalbe for bulk orders. Give your staff their own copies of this essential staff training resource. Order now while supplies last!

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The Art and Science of Youth Development: The Role of the Camp Counselor

What do campers need from the counselors who work with them? They need caring relationships with adults they can trust. They need clear limits, high expectations, and healthy challenges. Campers need to be accepted for who they are. They need counselors to support them in taking positive risks and avoiding negative ones. In short, they need you to be the very best you can be.

Calming Camper Conflicts

Conflicts between kids at summer camp can arise for a wide variety of reasons. Here are some steps to help guide you through conflict resolution.

Four Secrets for Effective Human Interaction at Camp

When you agreed to work at camp, you immediately made the decision to have fun, challenge yourself, and change lives. While the format to accomplish this will be provided for you by your camp, the implementation will not. This will come from you in the form of dedication and effort. How much commitment you choose to give is important because campers don’t always come to camp knowing how to succeed.

Unleashed: The Power of You — Alignment and Engagement, Part 1

Dear Camp Counselor:

This summer you will join, figuratively, with more than 320,000 staff working at some 2,400 accredited camps serving more than 7.4 million children nationwide (ACA, 2013). And, suffice it to say, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Why? Because you will greatly influence young lives. And, in my opinion, there’s no greater gift than that.

Helping the Homesick Camper

Many campers experience homesickness. This article will advise summer camp counselors how to help their campers overcome homesickness.

Interrupting Isms: What to Do if Campers Say or Do Something "-Ist"

This resource offers advice to summer camp counselors who need to deal with campers saying something "-ist."