Camps can create a culture that supports youth staff, ages 15-18, in making a valuable contribution to the education program, thereby increasing the quality of the camp's educational impact while at the same time decreasing incidents and accidents during "un-programmed" time. Project WILD, a nationally available interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program, provides tools to help counselors turn un-programmed time into learning opportunities. In addition, when youth counselors use their skills to lead Project WILD activities, they achieve respect and autonomy, and success in the leadership roles that they seek.
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Bourdeau, V. D., & Knutz, M. (2006). Project WILD: A Tool That Provides Camp Counselors with Leadership Opportunities While Managing Risk. The Journal of Extension, 44(5), Article 28. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss5/28