Camper Development

All of the resources are FULL and INCLUSIVE; they are designed to be used without any or much additional help. You may download the audio files that accompany some resources here, but be aware that they are between 30 and 60 megabytes each! Help applying this information and more is also available.

NameAudio?PagesDescription
Emotional intelligence (1,500K)Yes45 slidesBrief information in presentation format on what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is, why it is so important, and how to develop it.  Also includes information on how to measure EQ in a valid and reliable way.
Emotional intelligence handout (236K)21 pagesDetailed, but clear information about what Emotional Intelligence is, why it is crucial, and how to develop it.  Information on applying it to interpersonal relationships is also included.
Emotional Intelligence - Tools (405K)8 PagesEight pages of hard tools that help campers and staff practice emotional intelligence during interpersonal conflicts.
At-risk youth presentation (1,100K)Yes34 slidesCovered topics include:  who are at-risk youth, why some at-risk youth make it while others do not, brief discussion of how camps can impact at-risk youth, and references and resources for more information.
At-risk youth article (498K)5 pagesThe article quickly brings camp professionals up to speed on who "at-risk" youth are, what they need, and how camp can provide it.  This resource complements the presentation, instead of replacing it.
Self-esteem (412K)12 pagesDetailed, scientifically accurate information on improving self-esteem.  Just as important, learn what self-esteem is not and the pitfalls many camps fall into.  Common misconceptions that hold camps back are also addressed.  If enhanced self-esteem is one of your outcomes, this short resource is vital information.
Behavior management (260K)19 pagesThis resource is a comprehensive behavior management plan that is firmly rooted in developmental and counseling psychology.  Elements of plans that work and don't, bases of power, 5 approaches to counseling, parenting styles, and a full description of a systematic plan for working with children are all included.