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The SPRINT Summer Leader Training Workshop provides training & networking for entry level and leadership camp staff, with several workshops, sessions, and networking opportunities to get your staff on the right track to be successful leaders!

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:30 AM
Where: Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation
Palisades Building
1500 Greentree Rd
Lake Oswego, Oregon  97034
United States
Contact: Amanda Parsons

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The SPRINT-RSS Summer Leader Training provides training and networking for both entry level and leadership camp staff.  Sessions are designed to build upon agency training to increase awareness, safe decision-making abilities, and creativity in a camp setting.

This training works in conjunction with established training to provide a well-rounded networking experience for front-line and leadership summer camp employees and volunteers.

Agencies will benefit from sending new staff who need additional training, returning staff who would like to build upon established skills, or volunteers looking to get their foot in the door.

Sessions are scheduled in a two-track system.

  • Track One: for entry-level staff who have just been hired or have limited front-line staff experience.  This staff are first or second year staff and camp counselors who are interested in the basics of camp leadership, building confidence in decision-making and honing communication skills.
  • Track Two: for leadership staff who are looking to build their expertise in a summer camp setting and designed for leads, coordinators, supervisors and 3+ year staff who are looking to advance.

Schedule of Sessions & Activities

9:00 - 9:30am


9:30 - 10:10am 

Keynote: Jennifer Holland, Willamalane Parks & Recreation

Learn about the challenges facing our youth participants, volunteers and employees.  What is recreation's role in supporting today's youth, communities and families?

10:15 - 11:00am

Breakout Session #1

Entry Level: Active Supervision

Zach Bessett, Willamalane Parks & Recreation; Pulling from experience as a lifeguard, school teacher, and summer camp veteran to create the ultimate training for supervising kids in any space.  Dive into the base of what great camp staff look like while on the job and how work ethics and behavior will dictate the behavior of your campers.

Camp Leadership: Parent Communication

Cydny Fletcher, LOPRD; Learn how to communicate challenging behavior with parents and train your staff to do the same.  Get tips & advice on how to build your relationships with parents, communicate effectively when campers have behavioral issues, and how to earn the support of a stubborn grown up.

11:15 - 12:00pm

Breakout Session #2

Entry Level: Professionalism 101

Elizabeth Gillespie, Director of Admission & Marketing, German International School; Get tips and advice on what supervisors look for in employees.  Learn how to balance the fun of summer camps with the professionalism coworkers and parents expect.

Camp Leadership: Mentor vs. Manager

Meredith Schwartz, THPRD; Focus on how to be a mentor vs. a manager when supervising summer camp staff.  Learn how to help newer staff feel more confident and proficient in their roles as counselors without hand-holding or "helicoptering".

12:00 - 12:45pm

Lunch & Balloon Tutorial!

Enjoy lunch while mastering the art of balloon animals plus more!  You'll be every camper's hero after this tutorial from Dragon Puppet Theatre.

12:50 - 1:35pm

Breakout Session #3

Entry Level: Dynamic Intros & Circle Time

Cydny Fletcher, LOPRD; It's your first line of defense against a chaotic camp; INTROS.  Learn to go over rules, expectations and ice breakers in a way that keeps a camper's attention but sets up the week for FUN.

Camp Leadership: Burnout Bonfire

Panel Discussion (Anthony Markey, Meredith Schwartz, Rachel Hartford); Pick the brains of veteran staff and learn creative ways to prevent staff burnout.  Get tips on managing tired staff effectively, encouraging a fun, positive camp environment until the end of summer!

1:40 - 3:00pm

Group Session: Fun for ALL!  Inclusion in a Camp Setting

Rachel Murphy, Everygreen Public Schools; Learn from a special education aficionado and see the difference it makes when every camper learns to learn and play together!  Get advice from a trained Special Education consultant on how to successfully include children with special needs into mainstream activities.

3:15 - 4:00pm

Breakout Session #4

Entry Level: Field Trips: The Situation Room

Panel Discussion (Cydny Fletcher, Zach Bessett, Amy Beykovsky); Pop quiz, hotshot.  You're on a field trip.  The head count should be 50 but you only count 49.  What do you do next?  Ask a panel of veteran staff all of your scariest "What if"s and "What do you do"s.

Camp Leadership: Best-Worst Case Scenario

Jason Amos, Aquatics Director, Multnomah Athletic Club; A dynamic group session to learn what veteran staff, coordinators & managers have in their "back pockets" for when camp hits a speed bump or goes off the rails.  Great ideas for new games, shortcuts, field trips and more.


Cancellation Policy: 

*If approved, event registration cancellations will be subject to a 5% processing fee if purchase was made by credit card.

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