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Summer camp directors have been asking for more focussed leadership & staff training resources. Featuring 3 of the top trainers in the summer camp industry: Beth Allison, Gabrielle Raill and Ruby Compton, CampHacker.TV is pleased to present Camp Code.

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Summer camp directors have been asking for more focussed leadership & staff training resources. Featuring 3 of the top trainers in the summer camp industry: Beth Allison, Gabrielle Raill and Ruby Compton, CampHacker.TV is pleased to present Camp Code.

    Conflict Between Staff - Camp Code #62

    Conflict Between Staff - Camp Code #62

    Because conflict is going to happen, people!
    The Camp Code crew is back for their very first episode of 2020!
    To ring in the new year, this episode is filled with great tips and tricks, helping to give staff the tools to deal with conflict. Gab dives into an array of acronyms such as the A.C.T Program - Awareness, Communication and Together, and V.I.P - Validate feelings, Investigating and Problem-solving. She also goes in-depth talking about The power of mirroring and how to use mirroring to build connections with people.
    Ruby talks about the importance of dealing with conflict in person. Too often, conflict involves emotions, and emotions cannot be shared over text, so having face to face discussions are the keys to success. As Camp Directors, it is important to equip your staff to some conflict management work for you. Your staff need the practice, and you cannot do it all!
    Beth provides listeners with a ton of insight and explains that EVERYONE must take proactive steps to handle conflict. Personality tests are something that we should all take a various stages of life, camp leadership is one of those times and here is one Camp Codes favourites: True colors personality test. We are all going to be faced with it at some point, so Beth explains some key improvisational negotiation tactics:
    Let people tell their story
    Bring a reality check to the table
    Identify the true impediment.
    Leadership Training Best Practice
    From Ruby:
    When dealing with conflicts, Show awkward moments video to kick things off. These people all lived through these awkward moments, so you can get through your conflict conversations!
    Your Hosts:
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - CampHacker.tv
    Ruby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby Outdoors
    Thanks to our sponsor for this episode:
    This Go Camp Pro podcast is sponsored in part by CampGig - CampGig is more than just a job board, CampGig is designed to be the most useful matching/search tool for camps and camp staff. Camps can sign up today to scan and search through CampGig’s vast selection of candidates. If you’ve ever wanted an “easy-button” for finding your next great camp staff, then head over to CampGig.com and set up your camp’s profile today.

    • 50 Min.
    Best Practices for Continuing Education for Returning Staff - Camp Code #61

    Best Practices for Continuing Education for Returning Staff - Camp Code #61

    Keep your returning camp staff passionate and invested with continuing education opportunities
    The Camp Code team would like to wish all of our listeners a Happy New Year! As we start ringing the bells to bring on the start of the 2020 Camp Year, Ruby, Beth and Gabrielle give you the best practices for continuing education for returning staff.
    Investing in staff throughout the year is a key component to their success. Lack of growth opportunities is one of the key reasons for employee turnover. As employers, if you continue education, you will get highly educated staff, bringing new ideas to the table. Happy camp staff are loyal and this is shown in their productivity. As a benefit for staff, having continued education will allow them to gain different opportunities at camp, enhance self-image and have a positive impact on life. One of Beth’s ideas is to poll staff throughout the winter to see what they would like to learn. Based on that, you can develop a learning day for staff to focus primarily on what they actually want to learn.
    Ruby talks about building on an idea she remembers from school when you could win the chance to be Principal for the day. For Ruby, this meant pizza at lunch and not confining to school uniforms, but if you expand upon that idea and develop a Director for the day, you can incorporate this into your program and allow returning staff to get insights on what it takes to become a Camp Director.
    Have a listen to get all the tips and tricks from these pros!
    Leadership Training Best Practice
    From Gab:
    Have you ever had some great returning staff who are more than qualified for their role, but who are showing signs of disinterest in some of the summer camp training sessions you are running? One idea is to put these staff in a group and have one of them lead where they go around camp, planting flags around spots where they learned life lessons. On the flags, they can write the story of their lesson. What this will do is throughout your summer leadership training sessions, your staff will see the flags, read them and think about what camp does for them. At the end of your sessions, have your new staff go around and plant the same flags, but this time, write down what life skills they would like to learn at camp.
    Your Hosts:
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - CampHacker.tv
    Ruby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby Outdoors
    Thanks to our sponsor for this episode:
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    This Go Camp Pro podcast is sponsored in part by CampGig - CampGig is more than just a job board, CampGig is designed to be the most useful matching/search tool for camps and camp staff. Camps can sign up today to scan and search through CampGig’s vast selection of candidates. If you’ve ever wanted an “easy-button” for finding your next great camp staff, then head over to CampGig.com and set up your camp’s profile today.

    • 50 Min.
    Building Self-Esteem in our Camp Staff - Camp Code #60

    Building Self-Esteem in our Camp Staff - Camp Code #60

    The most basic human desire is to be able to fit in. In this episode, our hosts dive into stereotypes, managing life pressures and teaching our staff how to build self-esteem, create their potential and give them the superpowers required to battle any self-esteem issue.
    As Ruby identifies, in order for summer camp leaders to teach self-esteem, it is important to always start with yourself. Take the time to learn your triggers that affects your mood and your view. After paying attention and awareness to your own mental health, it will allow you to grow to then be able to teach your staff.
    Low self-esteem can trigger negativity, and can at times overpower the words of leaders at camp. Gabrielle explains a method she uses called the “SAS”. Stop what you’re doing, approach appropriately, speak kindly. In Gabriel’s experience, it is the speak kindly portion that promotes self-esteem. It’s about taking the conversation and add a flare of positivity.
    For all the great tips from Gabrielle, Beth and Ruby, have a listen to this episode.
    Leadership Training Best Practice
    From Ruby:
    Put an instructor who is willing to be vulnerable and says a challenging situation they dealt with and sets up what the challenge was. Describing the situation, they get the counsellors and leaders in the room to ask other questions to gather information from the instructor. All the participants then discuss what they would have done in groups. Afterwards - the instructor describes what they did to manage the situation, and using the info from the staff, adding how they would change their response if the situation were to arise again.
    Shout-out to http://beetlesproject.org/
    Your Hosts:
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - CampHacker.tv
    Ruby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby Outdoors
    Thanks to our sponsor for this episode:
    logo-camp-gig-transparent.png
    This Go Camp Pro podcast is sponsored in part by CampGig - CampGig is more than just a job board, CampGig is designed to be the most useful matching/search tool for camps and camp staff. Camps can sign up today to scan and search through CampGig’s vast selection of candidates. If you’ve ever wanted an “easy-button” for finding your next great camp staff, then head over to CampGig.com and set up your camp’s profile today.

    • 49 Min.
    Building Trust with Staff - Camp Code #59

    Building Trust with Staff - Camp Code #59

    It All Starts with Trust!
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    Managing summer camp staff, no problem...managing summer camp staff that don’t trust one another, that is where the challenge lays. Having staff sharing information, collaborating and working toward common goals is the foundation of trust and can bring the best out of your staff. Beth defines trust as reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. Breaking that down, trust means that you rely on someone else to do something, to the extent that you are willing to put yourself on the line for that thing. Trust is what brings teams together, so in this episode Gabrielle, Beth and Ruby breakdown how to develop trust within your team.
    Below are some tips on how to develop trust with your staff, we encourage you to listen in for more on...
    Starting with online meet and greets
    Using staff training as a job interview for the Camp Director. Use it as a way to work for your staff to earn their trust
    Work with your staff to build connections. Set the expectations with senior staff, and have them work with new staff to build connections and confidence
    Because I said I would - a TED talk on making promises, keeping them and the honour of our word
    Have a listen to hear about the great list of tricks and tips on how we can engage our staff and develop trust ultimately building great staff for your summer camp.
    Leadership Training Best Practice
    From Beth:
    Align your words with your actions.
    When you notice your staff doing something that they maybe shouldn’t be doing, try asking “So, what’s your plan?”. You may be surprised by their thoughts and ideas and it will help maintain trust!
    Your Hosts:
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - CampHacker.tv
    Ruby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby Outdoors
    Thanks to our sponsor for this episode:
    logo-camp-gig-transparent.png
    This Go Camp Pro podcast is sponsored in part by CampGig - CampGig is more than just a job board, CampGig is designed to be the most useful matching/search tool for camps and camp staff. Camps can sign up today to scan and search through CampGig’s vast selection of candidates. If you’ve ever wanted an “easy-button” for finding your next great camp staff, then head over to CampGig.com and set up your camp’s profile today.

    • 40 Min.
    The Indoor Generation - Camp Code #58

    The Indoor Generation - Camp Code #58

    Stop reading these show notes and just get outside!

    • 47 Min.
    Adjusting to Camp Culture - Camp Code #57

    Adjusting to Camp Culture - Camp Code #57

    Building off of what we learned from Episode 56, we wanted to focus on some of the findings our Camp Directors friends came across this past summer. Focusing on the outside world, and fitting in on some the cultures we develop at camp, we want to focus on some guidance to help prepare your staff for a summer at camp.
    Our hosts Beth Allison, Ruby Compton and Gabrielle Raill dig in to the following topics:
    Empowering the staff.. More and more, parents are calling to ask questions about contracts and/or asking for time off for their kids. We want to empower the staff, and are always looking for ways for staff to be accountable for their own employment.
    Cellphones are a crutch that is a part of our culture, however; at camp it can interfere with the important connections that get created at camp.
    Vaping!
    Sleep habits, reflecting on the research of sleep and implementing these with staff
    Moving from living alone, to having interaction all of the time and how we get staff to welcome being in reach with people at all times.
    Leadership Training Best Practices
    Overcoming the cell phone issue as a staff with a joy list
    Gather the staff together with 5 flip chart papers and markers. Get the staff talking and adding things to categories on sheets like “this made me smile”, “this makes me happy”, “this was a memory or magical moment that I remember most”.
    The kicker: Then ask them, “how many of these moments happened because of a phone?”
    This can open up a conversation about your cell phone policy and how phones can help or hinder connection.
    Your Hosts:
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - CampHacker.tv
    Ruby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby Outdoors

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