Category Archives: Staff Training

For Juniors’ Sake

First, the good news: Your youngest staff members possess a brand of exuberance, creativity, and playfulness that older employees do not. That positive energy is a tremendous asset to the camp. When properly fed and watered, some of the junior staffers will eventually grow into unit leaders and administrative staff. That, too, is an asset. Second, the fact you employ junior staff members creates an incentive for the oldest campers to return. The prospect of being chosen to join these … Continue reading

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Leave The Baggage At Home

When you are planning your training for this summer’s camp staff, keep in mind the baggage they bring with them. No, we’re not talking about the sleeping bag and duffle bag. We mean the emotional baggage and experiences they carry inside their heads. Here is a great hands-on training session on the subject from the good folks at camphacker.org: http://bit.ly/KmjTWS

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Make Staff Training CAMP-y

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.

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Kids’ Big Fears, Part II

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

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Should You Hire A Guest Trainer?

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

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