All camps have some sort of staff (or volunteer) training. Most staff training lasts between two days to one week.

Each summer hundreds of camp directors make adjustments to the staff training schedule. Workshops are re-evaluated. There is a struggle to add new things for return staff while also making sure the necessary information remains in the schedule for new staff.

This summer, after you grab that Michael Brandwein book off the shelf, take a look at these 10 resources to help bring some freshness into your staff training.

1. SUPER STAFF TRAINING BITES

This 70-page ebook is a collection of fantastic staff training ideas from 50 different camp professionals. You will definitely find some great ideas you can use in this resource. ($10.00)

2. A GUIDE TO PREVENTING BULLYING AT CAMP

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation for you to use that will show your staff how they can recognize and prevent bullying. The presentation includes four activities that can be used with staff and/or campers. ($5.00)

3. PREVENTING LOST AND FOUND

Here’s one of those camp issues that tend to drive directors nuts. How in the world can there be so many lost and found items each session? This workshop will help your staff more become aware of this issue and be proactive in preventing lost and found. ($3.00)

4. DE-ESCALATION, DEBRIEFING AND DISCIPLINE

This toolkit includes a basic overview of De-Escalation, Debriefing and Discipline techniques, an example behavior policy, discipline reports, goal setting and measurement tools, and tips and tricks of responding to behavior concerns. ($2.50)

5. WORDS TO LEAD BY

This is a leadership development resource that has the participants analyze quotes from famous leaders! It’s also a best seller here on Patchwork. ($2.50)

6. MANAGING PARENT CONCERNS

This guide walks you through step-by-step how to manage parents who have a concern with your program.  Also included are tips and reminders to help you (or your staff) navigate tricky conversations with confidence and finesse! ($2.00)

7. COACHING CAMPERS

Coaching Campers is a training module that helps staff see their role as coaches and gives them the information they need to succeed. Activities such as a creative hook, skits, and group brainstorms are included. ($2.00)

8. TACKLING THE H-WORD

Tackling the H-Word is an easily-customizable staff training module filled with information and activities about dealing with homesickness. ($2.00)

9. HELLO, GOODBYE

This staff training module uses Beatles characters and Beatles lyrics to talk to staff about arrival and departure. It’s easily customizable for any day or resident camp. ($2.00)

10. WE’RE ALL FIREFIGHTERS

This staff training module comes with a creative hook for an intro, group activities, and more. It’s easily adaptable from camp to camp based on your own non-negotiables and expectations. ($2.00)

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