Staff Training 2014
The 2014 summer season staff members spent Wednesday, May 28th to Friday, June 6 mentally and physically preparing themselves and Camp Chief Ouray in all possible ways.
The goal of the week was to completely prepare for an entire summer of fun, safety, and success. While growing more familiar with one another, they have learned to best work effectively and efficiently together as team members. During the 9 days of staff training, there have been many discussions on topics such as group living, safety policies and protocols, facilitating properly, and exploring what it means to be well rounded individuals who take part in the development of young minds.
The staff took part in a variety of important talks and presentations on areas such as age characteristics, child psychology, “Leave No Trace” concepts, cabin culture, bullying prevention, child abuse prevention, and intentional friendship building. Another presentation/ discussion was held on the ideas from the “Whole Brain Child” which were derived from the book written by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. These ideas guide parents and/or anyone who cares for children to help children continue to develop their emotional intelligence and transform everyday interactions into valuable brain-shaping moments.
Guests from beyond CCO also stopped by to share their knowledge. On Thursday, June 5, CCO friends, Jack and Laura of Camping Coast to Coast, visited the staff for a few hours to discuss how to facilitate playtime and fun. They explained and dug at why kids are able to succeed at summer camp and what we can do as counselors and leaders to foster the inspiration, memories, and positive messages that will stick with them for the rest of their lifetime.
Cabin counselor, Stefan, age 19, said that after this week of training he feels confident that staff is “completely full of wide-eyed anticipation to put our skills and learned values to work and practice.”
Counselors also cleaned all cabins and areas of camp thoroughly in preparation for the arrival of the seasons’ first campers on Sunday, June 8. Sharing laughter, knowledge, and experiences, they have grown closer and stronger as a functioning unit. Now that we are confident and prepared for nothing but greatness, excitement is officially through the roof and memories are anxiously waiting to be made!