What will participants learn at this Seminar?
People who have been in my sessions know that I am a “skills guy.” I don’t like sitting in things where people tell us what we should do but don’t explain HOW to do it. That drives me crazy. So this Seminar is a How to Do It experience. No theory. No collections of the “usual stuff” that people already know. Instead, we emphasize new and exciting techniques that participants won’t get anywhere else. This is all about learning, practicing, and taking home specific things we can use to do the following (and even more…):
How is this different than a session you present at a conference?
I enjoy speaking to large groups at Conferences, but I really love a small group Seminar experience because it has so many wonderful, extra benefits. When we have a small Seminar group of about 15 motivated learners:
The best benefit of a small group, multi-day Seminar experience is that we don’t have to try cram everything into a short period of time. So we get:
What’s it like to be at the Seminar?
We have fun, we play, we learn by doing, we practice specific techniques and skills in supportive partner and group experiences, we get to ask any questions that will help us apply all of this to our own program, and get an instant group of camp professional friends and colleagues who we can continue to use as resources. I believe a camp Seminar experience should be a model of what we want to achieve when training staff. So these are my “rules” when designing a Seminar:
What is the schedule like?
This is a tentative schedule, which we keep flexible to meet the needs and comforts of the group:
11:00-12:30 How to Welcome Staff & Build a Positive, Professional Culture
1:30-3:00 The Real Mission of Camp & How to Train Staff to Meet It with Excitement & Skill
3:00-3:30 Break and hotel check-in
3:30-5:00 More Terrific Training Activities and Techniques to Maximize Staff Performance
6:45-7:15 Large Group Leadership Skills for All-Camp Moments (Grabbing & Keeping Attention)
7:15-8:45 Play with a Purpose: Original Activities to Build Great Staff and Teach Life Skills to Campers, including “The Great Gamemaster: The Super Secrets to Outstanding Activity Leadership” that all staff should know
9:00-10:30 The Intentional Camp: How to Put Muscle in Our Mission for Program Success & to Make Our Camp Distinctive from the Rest
10:45-12:00 The Intentional Camp continues; and Turbo-Charging Program to make it fresh for staff and campers, boosting retention
1:30-3:00 Superb Staff Supervision to coach and lead staff to their best performance
3:30-5:00 Superb Staff Supervision continued; and How to Have Outstanding Staff Meetings
6:45-8:45 More Purposeful Play & Skill-Boosting Activities for Staff and Campers
9:00-10:00 Magic Party (Optional)
9:00-10:30 Growing Great Qualities in Campers: The Skills We and Staff Must Have to Use Positive Communication to Bring Out the Best in Young People
10:30-12:00 Action Plans