Camp Staff Training as a Determinant in the Development of Child Resilience
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AbstractHistorically, summer camp programs have been known to be beneficial to children in many capacities. Recently, research has specifically focused on the developmental benefits camps can provide. In terms of childhood development, a sought after quality is resilience - the behaviors, protective processes, or coping skills that enable individuals to overcome challenging or risky situations. In striving for healthy development of children through a blend of prevention science and positive youth development strategies, camps can foster lasting benefits that help campers be more socially competent, have positive self-concepts, and have greater independence through resilience. A large determinant in the quality of summer camp programs is the staff who run them. As they are in direct contact with campers, camp counselors have the largest impact on camper experience. Staff training is an essential part of executing camp ideals and goals. A frequently occurring problem in summer camps is a lack of counselors with knowledge of child development. Summer camps need to train counselors on resilience development, thus increasing competencies necessary in building positive camper-counselor relationships necessary to foster and develop resilience.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Family Studies and Human Development