Essential Staff Training Activities

You expect your staff to think on their feet — so why not train them on their feet?

For more than three decades, I've been assisting camps, outdoor education centers, youth development agencies, and park and recreation organizations with their summer camp staff trainings. Over the years, I've created, collected, and shared hundreds of activities that I think make a significant difference in the unity, community, connection, and culture of a camp.

Camp Staff Member Online Course Package

Have you thought about ways to prepare your staff for camp BEFORE they arrive onsite? Are you interested in an affordable solution for integrating camp and youth development experts into your staff training program? 

With ACA’s Camp Staff Member Package, you can provide frontline staff with foundational knowledge in the areas of camp-centered leadership, creating community, reducing injuries and illness, bullying prevention, risk management, and recognizing and reporting child abuse. 

Create Your Own Online Staff Training Packages

Well-established and ever growing, ACA’s virtual learning portfolio includes online courses, live webinars, recorded webinars, and staff certificates of added qualifications (in-depth online competency-based courses). 

Staff Training: What Do You Expect?

Summer camp staff training — what exactly is it? If you take all the ideas and definitions; all the content from years past provided by the American Camp Association (ACA), the health department, and your camp or organization; and every article or other piece of commentary about what it is or how to do it, it would all boil down to a simple idea: expectations. Staff training is about what you are expected to do. The reason for those expectations is directly related to the experience every camper has at camp.

2019 Staff Training Issue of Camping Magazine

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

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