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As summer approaches, camp directors are preparing for staff training. Keep this acronym, from our friends at CampHacker, in mind: CAMP: C–Community A–Attention M–Magic P–Play For tips on incorporating community, attention, magic and play into your summer camp training, check out this blog post by Beth Allison: http://bit.ly/HeS69d.
The catch in the woman’s voice and the emotional tone of her phone call suggested something terrible had happened. She told me that her sister–the mom of one of our campers–had died. Most children have a normal yet profound fear of losing a parent or guardian. I use the term “child” fairly loosely because that fear doesn’t go away on one’s 18th birthday. Some people might argue that it becomes more intense with age, consciously or unconsciously. As youth-development professionals, … Continue reading
When you are preparing for staff training, you might want to think outside the box. The box that is your office, that is. Sure, you’re the camp director. It’s your job to make sure your staff is knowledgeable and ready for anything the summer might throw at them. But that doesn’t mean you are the expert on everything. Or that your staff might not benefit from a breath of fresh air. Our friend Dave Bell at CampLeadership.org says it’s a … Continue reading
I came home for lunch one day in first grade and the house was empty. As a minute stretched into five and then 15, I became convinced that my mom was gone forever. Sounds like the start of a therapy session, right? But being abandoned is a core fear that all humans harbor. I’m happy to report that my mom did return (stuck in traffic after a haircutting appointment that ran long), and I cried tears of relief between bites … Continue reading
The Penn State football scandal has shocked us all. It resonates especially with camp professionals and those who work with children. Hopefully such a situation will never occur at your camp. But if it did, would you, as a camp director, know how to proceed? Here is an enlightening blog post from Camp Leadership regarding the legal and moral ramifications of child abuse in the camp setting: http://bit.ly/uTvQd0