Staff Orientation: Day Five
Our staff Shabbat, accompanied by gorgeous weather and so many opportunities to build community was awesome. We are missing just one thing – the campers! Our orientation is speeding by quickly and we are feeling more and more prepared for their arrival with each of our training sessions.
Our staff began the day in a session with Moving Traditions. Moving Traditions is an organization that seeks to embolden young people by fostering self-discovery, equipping our staff with the skills to support the building of healthy relationships throughout Camp.
Later in the morning we welcomed Deputy Sheriffs from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department to talk with us about safety at Camp. We know that our number one strategy for a safe summer is our staff – they are the eyes and ears at Camp and have a great understanding of all they can do to ensure that our campers have a safe and fun summer.
Celia, our Assistant Camp Director, facilitated a session on empathy. She talked about the wide variety of ways campers feel when they leave home and how parents feel when they drop off their children for the summer. The more our staff understand the various ways a child or parent may be feeling as they arrive at Camp, the better we will all be able to support our families in this important transition.
Tonight our staff venture out on overnights – bringing with them tents, cooking gear, sleeping bags and of course the fixings for S’mores! They will play team building games and get to bond with one another around the campfire to further strengthen our staff family before the campers arrive.