Category Archives: Staff Training

Be There To Show You Care

You have to do more than just wave a magic wand to get good behavior out of children. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / darrin

It’s time to have a conversation about young people and all the things they do that are wonderful, inclusive, respectful, and responsible. Unfortunately, these aspects are often overlooked. And when we do see them, we either don’t identify them as a choice or we are surprised that we “caught” children being good. Of course, even youngsters with severe misbehaviors spend a lot of time behaving well. It is our job as adult caregivers to see as much of the good … Continue reading

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Children On The Autistic Spectrum

A little understanding goes a long way in helping autistic campers succeed at camp. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / jhandersen

“How’s Max holding up?” I ask a camp director who recently agreed to host this camper with autism. “Um,” she says before pausing. “He did pretty well after the first day. But it’s still not going great with the boys in his cabin.” “Uh oh. What’s up?” I thought of 10-year-old Max’s wild first day at camp—dashing off to do some unauthorized wading in the lake and an impromptu redecorating of his cabin with paint from the craft shop. “Well, … Continue reading

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Bridging The Gap

Working with Generation Y staff can be challenging -- but also rewarding and fun! © Can Stock Photo Inc. / iodrakon / summoners

Generation Y has come to be known by several different titles: The Internet Generation, Echo-Boomers, The Boomlet, Nexters, and most commonly, Millennials. The different classifications suggest the generation is open to many interpretations. As a result, many older camp directors have been left wondering how they can understand the working behaviors of their younger adult staff. As an extension to a recent conference workshop discussing staff entitlement, camp directors acknowledged similar difficulties in how they might “deal” with the enigmatic … Continue reading

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Universal Vulnerabilities

All of us can be tempted to cross intimacy boundaries when working with children. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / photography33

In Part I of this series on maintaining professional boundaries with young people, I introduced the concept of a fiduciary, suggested the guideline of “Doubt = Don’t,” and outlined practical and effective ways in which directors could train staff to act responsibly. These fundamental ideas and practices serve as the basis for decent behavior. In Part II, I’ll expose the vulnerabilities that tempt adults to cross boundaries in the first place. The allure of becoming more popular in youngsters’ eyes … Continue reading

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Am I Oversharing?

Your young staff needs some coaching in what is appropriate to say, do and share with campers. © Can Stock Photo Inc./Goodluz

Part I: Questions To Ask Before Show and Tell Hey, kids, gather ‘round. Let me tell you what I did on my night off, how far my romance has gone, and what I really think about the camp director. I can also explain those marks on my wrists from that time I was really depressed, and can advise you on which perfumes and colognes turn on the opposite sex. Or not. Preserving professional boundaries can be difficult for camp staff … Continue reading

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