Summer staff training has begun at Camps Connect, and that means a flurry of activity taking place on the camps. From greeting new staff members from Michigan and beyond, to participating in new name games and activities, this time of new beginnings is filled with hope and promise for our 2014 summer camp staff!
So why do we do staff training? In a nutshell we do it to experience camp life before the campers arrive so that we can share with them the same experiences we have as staff members; being the new person, playing name games, and building a team through activities and initiatives are all important steps that we take to relate to our campers.
Having a properly trained staff is also an important step in reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on camp. Safety training is an essential part of every activity area and embedded in the culture of Camps Connect. Staff are required to take a 3 hour course on Protecting God's Children. After all, we are in fact taking care of someone else's gift from God when we act in loco parentis, which literally means, "in place of the parent."
The number one concern of parents in staff qualifications and supervision. This week and in the week to come we'll be diving into a variety of training sessions to ensure that our staff have the skills and qualifications to be entrusted with their most precious children. In addition, staff will learn to facilitate camper health, opportunities for communication with children, camper expectations and behaviors, and camp program logistics to ensure a smooth and successful summer camp experience for each child.
So stay tuned! We've got lots to share as we journey into Summer Camp 20141
For more information about Camps Connect and our summer camp programs for boys and girls ages 7-16 on the shores of Lake Huron please visit: www.campsconnect.org
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