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How Handouts Help

Turbo-charge your staff training manual and boost the content delivery of crucial training modules by purchasing professionally crafted handouts from this constantly expanding and updated library. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from handout sales is donated to camper scholarships, including the ACA’s I Believe foundation, Tri-State’s S.C.O.P.E. camperships, and Camp Belknap’s Leaders’ Scholarship Fund.

Notes_Bullying_P1_2015What’s Here and How Much?

Each of these 90 handouts is available for individual sale. They range in price from free to $10. You may purchase the entire library for $99, which is a discount of more than 80%. Your purchase permits up to one year of unlimited duplication of this copyrighted material for your organization. Remember: All proceeds help send lower-income children to camp!

 

How to Find What You Want

Below is an updated master list of handouts, arranged in alphabetical order.  (To search the list for a keyword, press Ctrl + F on your keyboard, type the word, and hit Enter.) Once you have decided on a collection of handouts you wish to purchase, proceed to the purchase page. Remember, you can save time and about $400 by purchasing the entire handout library for just $99.

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When you enter the secure e-commerce section of CampSpirit.com, you will be guided through an simple series of steps. Those steps will allow you to select the handouts you want, from the master list, and allow you to enter your billing information. You may add or remove items from your shopping cart or exit the e-commerce section of CampSpirit.com at any time. Handouts will arrive to you via e-mail, as PDF attachments.  Be sure to set your spam filter to allow attachments.

If You Need Help

Should you encounter any difficulty with your purchase, contact Dr. Thurber directly at chris@campspirit.com. Remember, all handouts will arrive to you via e-mail. In the e-mail confirmation of your order, you will find links to PDFs of the handouts. Simply click on those links and print your handout! If you have made a purchase but not instantly received an e-mail with the handouts attached, please check your spam quarantine box or junk mail folder. Also, be sure to set your e-mail spam filter to allow attachments.

 

Master Alphabetical List of Handouts

ADD/ADHD at Camp
Hyperactive, impulsive, and distractible campers pose unique challenges for staff and campers alike. This detailed handout provides a clear set of effective strategies to use with campers who have symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Case studies prompt realistic discussion.
Last Updated: 2013. Three pages. $5. (All donations go to camper scholarships.)

Advanced Staff Supervision
When experienced staff are promoted to supervisory positions at camp, they face the double challenge of having zero formal management training and becoming a boss of their peers. This handout clearly outlines five principles of supervisory success: Prepare, Encourage, Evaluate, Participate, & Learn.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Appreciative Inquiry: Strengths-Based Organizational Change
Organizations such as schools are full of problems to be solved, right? Wrong. In fact, if you think this way, you’ll stagnate. This handout introduces the coaching technique of Appreciative Inquiry and will reset your attitudes and behaviors by teaching you to capitalize on strengths and possibilities.
Last Updated: 2015. Six pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Becoming a Youth Development Professional
Day and overnight camps are powerful, positive developmental experiences for children. This honest handout explains how staff transition from focusing on themselves to focusing on the needs of the young people they serve. Seven sobering and powerful principles.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Camper Mental Health
Camp professionals deserve practical information about youth mental health. To complement resources on specific illnesses and injuries, this handout provides guidelines for boosting campers’ resiliency, gathering information from parents, managing crises, and consulting with a professional.
Last Updated: 2015. Four pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Classic Problem Solving
Classic problem solving is a powerful way to use the group’s wisdom to find a solution that works for everyone. This handout provides the three-step fundamental conflict resolution skills camp staff can use to solve real problems. Includes three realistic case studies.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Collaborative Problem Solving
Extend staff skills beyond the standard problem-solving rubric of identification and brainstorming. Collaborative problem solving assesses others’ needs and their skills deficits to help solve problems durably. This “must have” set of new tools is a key to smooth leadership.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Coping With the Death of a Camper: Essential Guidelines for Directors
It’s hard to imagine a more tragic or difficult event at camp than the death of a camper. This detailed resource assists in planning for the unthinkable and will help you and your camp community cope with the tremendous emotional and professional fallout, should a camper die.
Last Updated: 2015. Four pages. FREE. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Coping With Loss: A Guide to Assisting Campers
When a camper dies, staff are put in the painful and complex position of grieving the loss themselves and simultaneously helping the surviving campers cope. This concise booklet will guide them through this dual leadership responsibility with compassion and grace.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. FREE. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Cutting at Camp
The best resource available on the What, Who, and Why of self-mutilation at camp. Ten principles of care will serve as the foundation for your camp’s policy on responding to campers who cut. Includes four provocative case studies for discussion, along with questions for thought.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Deliberate Decision Making
Coupled with the handout on Time Management, this handout on mindful choices provides an effective framework and set of strategies that will leave you feeling gratified at the end of the day. End the overwhelming tide of to-do’s today by focusing your efforts on your strengths.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Design a Successful CIT/LIT Program
Preliminary questions and an outline of ten perennial problems associated with internal leadership development serve as the basis for solution-focused design on this compact handout. Best used as the basis for an off-season seminar with your senior staff and leadership director.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Designing Assessment Tools for Camp
Rapidly guides you though an exploration of different assessment techniques, including observation, inquiry, and experimentation. What follows are key questions and examples to guide your design of a parent satisfaction survey, a camper survey, or any other assessment tool.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Developmental Characteristics
A basic template to use as an outline for discussion of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development in 5-7-year-olds, 8-10-year-olds, 11-13-year-olds, and 14-16-year olds. Designed to be supplemented with your own expertise and staff input.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Difficult Parents: Working with Overwhelmed, Anxious, Bossy, Defiant, and Unhappy Moms & Dads
This essential handout summarizes the typology of difficult parents along with realistic and clever ways to respond…all without compromising your campers’ best interests. Remember…campers aren’t our only clients. Partnering with parents is an indispensable component of a successful season.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Do You Want a Spanking? …and Other Stupid Questions Grown-Ups Ask
This candid, lighthearted outline of silly questions that stressed out adults ask children helps youth leaders gain insight into the ways they respond to misbehavior. Sure to prompt laughter and discussion, this packet also includes a Mad-Lib™ style small group exercise.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Dragons to Darlings: Working with Campers Who Refuse to Participate
Ever have campers who decide they are too cool for camp? Campers who are reluctant to participate for one reason or another? Here’s the handout to use with your staff when preparing them to disengage from power struggles and use proven antidotes to recalcitrance and sighs.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Eating Disorders at Camp
The best resource available on the What, Myths, and Why of eating disorders and disordered eating at camp. Seven principles of prevention and four provocative case studies provide just the right amount of information for a complete staff training workshop.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Effective Communication with Campers
Diffusing emotional bombs is an essential prerequisite to problem-solving, but one that’s often overlooked. Learn how to promote connection and understanding using example of communication with campers. Use in conjunction with “Staff” and “Worksheet” handouts.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Effective Communication with Fellow Staff
Diffusing emotional bombs is an essential prerequisite to problem-solving, but one that’s often overlooked. Learn how to promote connection and understanding using example of communication with fellow staff. Use in conjunction with “Camper” and “Worksheet” handouts.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Effective Communication Worksheet
Diffusing emotional bombs is an essential prerequisite to problem-solving, but one that’s often overlooked. Learn how to promote connection and understanding by devising your own examples from experience. Use in conjunction with “Basic,” “Staff,” and “Camper” handouts.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

E-Mail Excellence: A Primer for Parents
It’s time to end those e-mails from parents that look like an interoffice memo rather than a piece of personal, loving correspondence. Sure, e-mail is quick and easy, but that doesn’t mean it has to be impersonal and brief. The perfect handout to put in parents’ hands on opening day.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2 (All donations fund scholarships.)

Emotional Leadership Style: Assessment
This intriguing questionnaire, based on emotional intelligence and parenting research, will help your staff get a rapid glance at their emotional leadership style. Questions are customized to a camper population and easy to score with the “Interpretation” handout.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Emotional Leadership Style: Interpretation
This scoring key accompanies the “Emotional Leadership Style: Assessment” questionnaire and provides insight for your staff into how their style of dealing with campers’ emotions may be positively or negatively affecting their campers’ health and development.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Enhancing Camper-Staff Communication
This pithy booklet belongs on every staff member’s bookshelf. Here are three listening skills and three self-expression skills that promote connection and understanding, along with suggestions for initiating conversations and responding to tough questions.
Last Updated: 2015. Two-page booklet. $5. (All donations go to camper scholarships)

Equity and Diversity
Celebrating the differences among people introduces a whole new level of enjoyment to the experience of day or overnight camp. It may be human to fear differences at first, but a skillful leader uses kindness, learning, and temperance to celebrate the differences that make us unique.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Gender Differences: Research Notes
The perfect review before any gender-related workshop with your staff. Sections include: Cognitive & Social Development, Behavior & Physical Development, Psychopathology, Social Expectations, Stereotypes, Friendships, Leadership, and Moral Reasoning. A must-have.
Last Updated: 2015. Four pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Hazing at Camp
Hazing at camp masquerades as “tradition.” Seven principles of prevention combine education, healthy risk taking, and cultural changes to teach campers and staff to forgo abusive bonding rituals and promote wholesome unity. Includes four actual case studies for discussion.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Helping the Hypersensitive Child
The last thing anxious campers need to hear is “Suck it up!” but many of your staff are unequipped to deal with sensitive, anxious, or histrionic children. This handout includes 12 terrific techniques for reducing anxiety, plus four case studies for ample discussion.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Hiring and Promoting Camp Leaders
One hundred years in the making, this two-page handout cogently outlines a proven philosophy, hiring process, and promotion process that one camp has used to develop and maintain a 100% homegrown leadership. Includes references for reading and consultation.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Homesickness: Guidelines for Considering a Shortened Stay
When intractable homesickness strikes (as it does every summer in a few campers), you need a set of sensitive procedures in place. Developed with a camp nurse who has two decades of experience, this set of guidelines is all you need to make wise choices about shortened stays.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Homesickness: Phenomenology and Intervention
Distills cutting-edge, research-based information on the causes and symptoms of homesickness, as well as sample dialogues, training guidelines, and the most effective treatments staff can use. Bundle this handout with “Guidelines for Considering a Shortened Stay.”
Last Updated: 2015. Five pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Inquire Before You Acquire: Buy Smart
Trendy products are marketed to camping professionals without regard to their developmental benefit to children. Use the principles and practices on this unique handout to see how to purchase products that fulfill your camp’s mission and help your campers grow.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Internal Leadership Case Studies
Three classic cases that test your division heads’ judgment. Without ample management skill, the leaders of the leaders at your camp may unwittingly incite a revolt. Prepare your senior staff to balance friendship with authority. Bundle with “Positive Leadership in the Workplace.”
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Internal Leadership Development
This two-page handout is divided into three parts: Concepts, Training Techniques, and Design. Included are goal-setting questions to enhance your program, six foundations of training homegrown leaders, and four essential design elements that keep your ILD program alive.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Internet Leadership-by-Example (LBE)
Directors looking for a succinct and specific set of Internet guidelines for their staff will strike gold in this one-page policy sheet. A favorite to include with contracts, this handout focuses on the example that adult leaders set for children. Use this to markedly reduce your liability risk.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Internet Use Policies for Camps: Theory, Design, and Practice
As youth development professionals, camp directors have an ethical obligation to proactively design and implement an Internet use policy for their staff. This in-depth series includes discussion points, sample policies, case studies, and parent resources.
Last Updated: 2015. Seven pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Junior Counselor / Unit Leader Scenarios
Internal leadership development is one of the keys to cultivating a skilled staff, but unique conflicts and quandaries arise with junior staff interact with senior staff (especially when their ages are almost the same). Eight actual cases will spark intense, meaningful discussion.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Language and Culture
Are your staff ready to respond when campers casually drop words like “gay” or “fag” or “wife beater”? The four provocative case studies on this handout push staff to create a culture at camp in which all campers and staff feel physically and emotionally safe.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations go to camper scholarships)

Leadership Pinnacles and Pitfalls
Here are the top ten ways for a cabin leader or bunk counselor to succeed. Based on Chris’s most popular staff training workshop, this roadmap to achievement also outlines the pitfalls that are byproducts of feeling overwhelmed, outclassed, or lazy. Ample space for notes.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Letter on Closing Day
One simple way to inspire your staff is to read a letter that a young person might write near the end of camp. What have they achieved? How have they grown? What kind of experience did the counselor or cabin leader provide for them? Powerful reading on the night before opening.
Last Updated: 2015. One pages. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Lifeguarding: Advanced Focus on Preparation, Proper Scanning, and Practice
Inexperienced lifeguards are often poorly equipped, fail to scan properly, and neglect regular practice of emergency action plans. This crucial handout reviews preparation for work, scanning for distressed or drowning campers, and practice skills and drills. Includes a Lost Bather Drill flowchart.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Ma’am, Put Down the Phone and Step Away From the Child!
We can’t arrest our anxious and over-involved parents, but we can do lots to soothe their anxiety and curb their micromanagement impulses. This practical handout helps staff help parents prevent and manage their stress so you can get on with the business of running a camp.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

“Male” Call: How Men and Boys Provide Powerful Leadership at Camp
Boys and men bring powerful leadership to their roles as campers and staff, but what about the corrosive side effects that can take hold, such as bullying, homophobia, and bravado? These case studies and guidelines help set boundaries and redirect misguided male behavior.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Managing Stress at Camp
Beginning with notes on the human stress response and barriers to seeking support, this nuts-and-bolts guide to stress management includes ten time-tested techniques for transforming stress into positive energy. Help your staff stay on an even keel and prevent burnout altogether.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Mental Health Problem Flowchart
It is difficult to know who to consult and which decisions to make about a young person suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or psychosis. This clear chart provides a guide for directors who are deciding whether to keep a child at camp or arrange care elsewhere.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Mid-Season Motivator
This clever “Letter to Self” forces staff to articulate personal and professional goals for the summer and closes with an opportunity for staff to write words of encouragement to themselves. To be completed prior to campers arrival and handed back for a mid-season boost.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Mindful Musical Practice
Musical virtuosos all have something in common: They have practiced mindfully for thousands of hours. This handout—written for all levels of musicians and their teachers—provides a brief overview of the concept of mindfulness, followed by many practical suggestions for implementation.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Motivation: Why We Do What We Do
For any leader, educator, or supervisor who has wondered how to get more horsepower out of their students, campers, or colleagues, this is the handout to ground and inspire radical new approaches. Forget carrots on sticks and start instilling intrinsic motivation in authentic ways.
Last Updated: 2015. Eleven pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Online Leadership-By-Example: Internet Best Practices for Staff
The Internet is public space. How you behave in that space—like all other behavior—should set a sterling example for young people to follow. This focused handout gives staff practical tips for creating an online persona that everyone—parents, grandparents, and directors—can be proud of.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Parental Anxiety and Summer Camp
A basic outline to help you lead a focused discussion on the ways in which your pre-camp, in-camp, and post-camp contacts with parents and campers works to diminish the natural anxiety that parents feel when separated from their kids. An essential first step toward policy.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Peak Performance for Camp Directors
New ecological models of leadership assume that powerful leaders fuse their ability guide groups with a profound understanding of the social context. See how this model applies to camp, then study 10 ways camp professionals cope with the stress of achieving peak performance.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Performance Evaluations
All of your staff deserve honest feedback about their performance. In addition, directors need to document the results of evaluations to fulfill legal requirements and inform next season’s hiring. This handout contains a helpful set of evaluation templates for three levels of leadership.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Personal Value Responses
Momentary impressions of situations and statistics (e.g., Kids today have fewer rules to follow) lead quickly into personal value responses (e.g., It’s important to give kids safe boundaries). Use this handout along with scenarios from last summer to put values into action.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Positive Leadership in the Workplace
Help your staff stop responding to negative behavior with more of the same. Learn to use a calm tone, effective praise, and a positive spin. Teach your staff to be part of the solution by taking initiative, returning favors, owning mistakes, and enlisting cooperation. A must-have.
Last Updated: 2015. Four pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

The Power of Positive Psychology
Psychologists now recognize the power of capitalizing on people’s signature strengths to promote authentic happiness and curb problematic behavior. This handout provides a conceptual map of positive psychology and a list of terrific camp-based activities to start using today.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. FREE. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Preserving Professional Staff-Camper Boundaries: Essential Concepts
Youth leaders can sometimes enter a grey area in which personal information is over-shared, physical touch becomes inappropriate, and emotional connections creep beyond what’s comfortable. This essential handout outlines key responsibilities and boundary-preserving strategies.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Preserving Professional Student-Teacher Boundaries: Essential Concepts
Professional educators can sometimes enter a grey area in which personal information is over-shared, physical touch becomes inappropriate, and emotional connections creep beyond what’s comfortable. This essential handout outlines key responsibilities and boundary-preserving strategies.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Preserving Professional Student-Teacher Boundaries: Provocative Case Studies
This handout of boundary case studies complements the “Essential Concepts” handout with more than twenty realistic examples. Also included are sophisticated questions that stimulate discussion in small groups and push participants’ thinking about boundary best practices.
Last Updated: 2015. Nine pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Providing Feedback
Providing feedback to one’s colleagues is an essential skill for leadership growth and development. This advanced handout describes how to preserve good relationships while providing clear feedback in ways that boost everyone’s performance. Includes three realistic case studies.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Psychotropic Medication Rapid Reference: A Guide for Camp Professionals
Psychopharmacology for the non-medical professional. This detailed handout describes the most common psychotropic medications for youth, tips for helping staff and campers manage medication at camp, and key information on side effects, off-label dosing, and parent communication.
Last Updated: 2015. Six pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Running Superior Activity Periods
Key questions on this worksheet promote reflection about memorable activities, the ingredients for success, failed activities, and the factors that contributed to failure. Use as part of a staff training week workshop that gives all staff the chance to play and supervise activities.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Safe Touch Guidelines for Camp Staff
Culled from the most up-to-date collection of guidelines provided by the ACA and a variety of youth development professionals, this sensible set of strategies has sections on Safe Touch, Discipline, Reporting, Coverage of Activities, Group Living, and Staff Relations.
Last Updated: 2015. Seven pages. FREE. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Sample Evaluation: Assistant Division Head / Senior Staff
One of three sample reports available, this Assistant Division Head report asks a series of thirteen, focused, open-ended questions to target key areas of leadership, support, responsibility, and cooperation . Intended for a four-week evaluation period. To be customized for your camp.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Sample Evaluation: Junior Leader / Leader Corps
One of three sample reports available, this Junior Leader report focuses on a young staff member’s performance in activity periods, at mealtime, at bedtime, in social interactions with campers and other staff, and in overall leadership skill. To be customized for your camp.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Sample Evaluation: Leader-in-Training / Counselor-in-Training
One of three sample reports available, this Leader-in-Training report asks a series of twenty, focused, open-ended questions to target key areas of performance, initiative, and consistency. Intended for a two-week evaluation period. To be customized for your camp.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Samson and Delilah’s Missed Opportunity
A simple outline to get your staff talking about boys’ and girls’ development, behavior, psychopathology, social expectations, stereotypes, and leadership. Use in conjunction with “Gender Differences: Research Notes” to provide rich discussion and help stereotypes fade.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Self-Analysis of Your Behavior in Groups
An especially useful handout for young staff or new hires, this exercise stirs thinking about behavior changes in different group settings. Promotes insight into competitiveness, concentration, creativity, and integrity. Includes an end-write for large-group discussion.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Camps
What exactly separates an effective camp from an ineffective camp? How do mission-driven and market-driven camps differ? Based on years of experience working with hundreds of camps, this handout contains key elements, benefits, and action plans for each of the habits.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Situational Leadership
Contextual analysis and adaptation are essential for flexible leadership. Prevent your staff from pigeonholing themselves into one or another kind of leadership. Use this basic outline with film clips or case studies of leadership to challenge staff to think outside the box.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Skillful Discipline: Fundamentals
The biggest concern that every new camp staff has is that the children won’t listen and follow directions. This innovative handout illustrates the six prevention strategies to promote good behavior, plus six easy behavior management strategies to use for any misbehavior.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Skillful Discipline: More Terrific Techniques
Seven more prevention strategies and seven more intervention strategies make this pithy handout the perfect companion to “Skillful Discipline: Fundamentals.” Give your staff the tools they need to succeed with even the most obstinate children. The perfect addition to your manual.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Staff Training Week Overhaul
Use the MAP-IT technique to breathe new life into your tired old staff training week schedule. Combine Masterful meetings, a temporal Arc that is logical, Practical skills, Individual time and Together time in a way that helps the energy stay high and the learning stick like glue. A gamechanger.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Stop Yelling: Get the HINT
Campers’ minor, annoying misbehaviors can get under counselors’ skin and quickly burn them out. This inventive handout provides easy alternatives to yelling and other energy-draining reactions by introducing seven “HINT” (High Impact Nominally Taxing leadership) strategies.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Substance Use: Designing Your Camp’s Policy
Here is the first step toward bringing practice in-line with policy. Learn where along the policy spectrum your camp lies and consider nine different factors that influence your choice, from laws and liability to hiring and firing. Bundle with the two other “Substance” handouts.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Substance Use: Pros and Cons of Your Camp’s Policy
Once you have made an initial decision about what your camp’s substance use policy is, you’ll want to consider what other camp directors view as the pros and cons of that particular policy and other, closely related policies. Bundle with the two other “Substance Use” handouts.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Substance Use: Enforcing Your Camp’s Policy
Now that you have made an informed, thoughtful choice about your camp’s substance use policy, you must turn your attention to how that policy is enforced. Here are essential elements of prevention and enforcement. Bundle with the two other “Substance Use” handouts.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Suicidality: Guidelines for Assessment
Suicidal thoughts, emotions and behaviors can be difficult to predict and uncomfortable to discuss. However, because completed suicides are permanent and devastating, educators share a responsibility to assess youth who may be at risk. Learn four practices that could save a life.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Supervising Junior Staff
Strong leaders may come from the camper ranks, but who among your supervisory staff is ready for all the immature and impulsive things junior leaders do? This vital handout prepares unit leaders and division heads to identify and respond skillfully to the ten most common mistakes junior leaders make.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Things a “Problem Child” Needs to Hear
A pithy summary of how to make campers feel powerful, competent, and emotionally safe, without hurting themselves or others in the process. This handout includes six areas to challenge staff creativity when working with defiant, aggressive, manipulative children.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Time Management for Youth Leaders
You might try to shoehorn a few more things into your schedule, but the world will still rotate once every 24 hours. So although we cannot manage time, we can manage our lives in a way that takes full advantage of those 24 hours by protecting our priorities and being mindful of our choices.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Understanding and Preventing Bullying
Dispels myths about bullying, including that bullies have low self-esteem. Provides key facts on the causes and consequences of bullying, camp-specific intervention techniques for bullies and targets, and a provocative page on bullying paradoxes sure to get your staff talking.
Last Updated: 2015. Three pages. $10. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Understanding Behavior
Allow staff to take a step back from the blizzard of “tips” and “techniques” they get during staff training week. This flow chart illuminates objective, environmental, cognitive, and biological causes of emotions and behaviors. An excellent piece for philosophical discussions.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Understanding Children’s Secret Code
Around difficult, confusing, evocative topics, children almost always speak “in code.” The most powerful way to make your staff’s job easier is by imbuing them with the decoding skills essential for connections. This handout best supplemented with film clips and case studies.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Values Can’t Be Taught
Based on the premise that leadership-by-example is the only viable technique for values transfer, this workshop outline guides participants though an examination of their own values, their historical origins, and the best methods for engendering these values in children.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Waterfront Safety Design
Certifications on your waterfront mean nothing without common sense and experience. This handout gives clear examples of professional techniques that will help you save lives and prevent injuries. From preventing slips, pinches and burns to building moorings and gates that last, these robust waterfront design principles are what all aquatics staff need to ensure a safe and happy season.
Last Updated: 2015. Two pages. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Wise Use of Time Off
Staff need to spend their time of wisely so when they’re on duty they’re ready for anything. If they return to camp exhausted or hung-over, they’re likely to burn out quickly or make devastating mistakes. This handout explains a sensible approach to healthy time away from camp.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Workshop Evaluation
Few professional consultants or staff trainers insist on collecting evaluations, but Chris does. Use this evaluation as a template for all your staff training needs. How can we improve without a willingness to listen to candid feedback on our own performance?
Last Updated: 2015. One page. FREE. (All donations fund scholarships.)

Writing Camp Jobs on Your Resume
This is the single most-requested handout at staff training and conferences because most of your staff need to move on to other jobs. Help them feel good about the work they’re doing at your camp by giving them helpful tips on professional presentation of their key responsibilities.
Last Updated: 2015. One page. $2. (All donations fund scholarships.)

You’re Not Crazy…But Kids Think You Are
Leading children effectively requires a profound understanding of the assumptions under which they operate. This handout series provides the basis for a staff training workshop that will ignite group discussion about the ways campers misperceive adults, the world, and themselves.
Last Updated: 2015. Five pages. $5. (All donations fund scholarships.)

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