As experience camp directors, we've seen the challenges faced by young camp counselors and inexperienced staff. Evaluations from staff at many camps motivated us to help our people be more effective with their campers. In response we created a comprehensive camp staff training. Lessons showed staff what we wanted them to do and say as they worked with campers. A key element of the training program was daily staff professional development sessions throughout camp. Evaluation results for both staff and campers show that intentional training on staff skills and behaviors supported the camp in achieving its identified youth development outcomes.
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Galloway, R., Bourdeau, V., Arnold, M., & Nott, B. D. (2013). Tying the Design of Your Camp Staff Training to the Delivery of Desired Youth Outcomes. The Journal of Extension, 51(4), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss4/4