Can My Camp Nurse Do That?

  • "My nurse told the parent that she wouldn't give the medication unless she had the prescription in its original container. Can she do that? The Mom was just trying to help by putting the meds in one of those weekly plastic containers."
  • "My RN picked up the phone and took the doctor's order by talking to him. Is that OK?"
  • "She said it was a 'nursing diagnosis.' What's with that? Doctors do the diagnosing, not nurses."

Avoiding the Parent Trap: Working with Difficult Parents

Most camp parents are wonderful, but at every camp, there are a few who are some degree of difficult. From parents who demand special exceptions to parents who are wholly disengaged from their child's development, it is vital that we as camp professionals take a proactive approach when dealing with any challenging situation with a camp parent. This enjoyable (and yes, funny!) workshop will discuss techniques to help you turn your most difficult parents into loyal promoters of your camp!

By the end of the course participant will learn:

Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt: The Challenges of the Seasonal Return to Camp

Welcome back! In most camps, returning staff are an important part of a successful summer, bringing knowledge, perspective, and opportunities to broaden the camp experience for the campers. It's also an opportunity for you to grow in your own strengths and skills. While many successfully navigate the return to camp easily, you may also find that the transition to a new summer comes with some unexpected challenges. Here is a list compiled to help you recognize and avoid some common pitfalls:

Team Work: An Open Letter to Camp Staff


This letter is addressed to all camp staff / team members whether this summer is your first or your 20th, whether you have primary responsibility for supervising campers, are an activity specialist, or work in the kitchen.

Back to the Basics: Creating a Cohesive Staff Community

While this sounds so simple, why is it often so hard?  Community building is what camp is all about.  Yet, all of the ice-breakers and fun games in the world don’t guarantee that staff will be unified. Discover ways to create a cohesive staff community by looking at each subset of your staff group and their unique needs, providing opportunities to connect before camp begins, and fostering continued growth all throughout the season. It’s time to get back to the basics!

By the end of the webinar participant will learn:

Practicing and Teaching Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully "present," right here, right now. It's the opposite of mind-FULL-ness, or feeling constantly distracted. Camp offers the perfect setting to teach and practice these skills. The benefits include decreased stress, improved problem-solving, and more positive relationships. Learn techniques appropriate for any age and setting.

Learner Outcomes:
By the end of the webinar participant will learn:

Certifications and Trainings by Camps

This calendar includes the following:


Words Matter: Communication Strategies

What we say, how we say it and what we look like when we say it all matter.  Communication, or lack thereof, can undermine even the best leader.  This session will look at how the brain processes communication, and how we can teach ourselves to communicate more effectively.  Come prepared to participate in communication training and to take that training back to your camp.

By the end of the webinar participant will learn:

Groundhog Day

Harold Ramis' classic Groundhog Day (1993) turned a once minor day in February and minimally celebrated holiday into a profound lesson on love, life, and one's personal journey of growth and how we conduct ourselves on a daily basis. It also gave us some unforgettable moments, like Phil Connors' (played by Bill Murray) repetitive 6 a.m. wakeup to Sonny and Cher's hit song "I Got You Babe," released July 1965.

Sympathy, Empathy, and the Shift to Compassion

Learning about a revolutionary and powerful new understanding of the dynamic of caretaking may change the way you train your staff, talk with parents, and think about yourself.