Welcome to, where directors, leadership staff, counselors (and campers!) learn skills that they can use in camp, in school, at-home, and for the rest of their lives.  There are many recordings available for staff to watch, take the online test, and receive a certificate with the Educational Endorsement of the American Camp Association.

Live! Zoom Custom Camp Trainings are available for $300/70 min.
Reserve your time!

Pre-Recorded Trainings with test and certificate
Price: $5/staff member/course 

Gifting our Campers with Character (Advanced Track)

  1. Directors Leadership Training
  2. Head Counselor Training  
  3. Pickle & Camper Management (Essentials Track)
  4. Child Abuse Prevention (Essentials Track)
  5. Local Staff Training (Essentials Track) 
  6. Bully Proof Your Camp (Mrs. Rivka Fishman) (Essentials Track)
  7. Difficult Campers (Advanced Track)
  8. Bochurim Training


All of our training courses are endorsed by the American Camp Association's Educational Endorsement Program and count towards Continuing Education Credits (CEC)!ACAEndorsed.jpg 

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Registration is a 2-Step Process
1. Camp Director registers and submits payment here.
2. Staff receive a link from their director for specific courses.  

  1. Staff members will need to register with their director's name and email.  Upon completing the test, the score and a certificate of completion will be emailed to the staff member and the camp director.
  2. Due to the number of registrants, it is up to the directors to verify their staff took the course. You will receive a certificate by email from [email protected] after staff complete test. 
  3. The success of the training lies in its implementation in camp. Directors are invited and encouraged to attend (at no charge) all staff sessions as well.
  4. I love feedback. Please let me know how the staff enjoyed, was it practical, is there something else you'd like to see in a future training...

Contact me with any further questions: [email protected]; 805.636.5085 call/text/whatsapp.

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Build Your Own
Custom Training for your camp staff (1 Hour and 10 Minutes @ $250)

Build your own 70-minute training with Rabbi Zalmy Kudan using a blend of any of the above topics, and/or specific topics that are unique to your camp.  Limited availability.  First come, first serve.  

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Director Leadership Training (1.5 hours) - $50 (suggested, pay what you can)
(Recording Only)

Learn the words that effective directors use to gain cooperation, teamwork, and accountability. Improve your staff's adherence to rules and procedures. Develop a system for giving and receiving negative feedback that leads to problems solved.   Participants will be able to:

  1. Use the "3 Phrases" to improve communication, increase mutual respect, and encourage accountability.
  2. Define roles/responsibilities and rules/consequences in writing to maximize compliance.
  3. Offer and Receive negative feedback while focusing on working towards a solution.
  4. Use the "Problem Solving Template" to work towards solutions to problems with staff, parents and campers 

For Shluchim and Shluchos and Assistant Directors

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Making Camp Safe - Prevent Child Abuse (1 Hour) - $5/participant

We need to take the fear out of this topic and present clear guidelines to ensure you understand your legal responsibilities as mandated reporters, the rules of appropriate physical contact, camp rules to avoid "yichud" one-on-one interactions, and directions for appropriate staff-camper communication. Protect your campers, and just as important - yourself. Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and report child abuse
  2. Respond appropriately if a camper discloses abuse 
  3. Ensure they are never alone one-on-one with a camper
  4. Ensure physical touching is within the legal industry-standards
  5. Determine if a conversation is inappropriate, and effectively end it
  6. Communicate with campers on social media appropriately, both during and after campDATE CHANGE: Sunday, Iyar 28, June 2, 4-5pm NY Time 

For ALL Camp staff, at all levels.


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Head Counselor Training (1.5 hours) - $5/participant 

Your job is unique. You have to lead, yet be part of the group. Learn what to do and what to say to display the 4 essential HC leadership skills: Accessible, Approachable, Teamwork, and Clear Communication.  Participants will be able to:

  1. Use verbal and non-verbal communication tools to encourage staff to communicate openly
  2. Use the "Daily Feedback Form" to receive and give regular feedback
  3. Receive negative feedback effectively, and use the "Next Step Mentality" to make productive changes
  4. Use the "Problem Solving Template" to work towards solutions to problems with staff, parents and campers
  5. Do and Say the right things to build healthy working relationships with your staff, that encourages compliance and teamwork
  6. Deliver rules and fair consequences effectively to staff and campers
  7. Give directions so campers listen, and use the "Broken Record" when they don't. 

For all Head Staff with a Supervisory role over other counselors

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Level I Staff Training: For less experienced and local staff members looking for the basics. 
Pickle & Camper Management (2 Hour) - $5/participant 


This 2-hour training is full of practical "What to say" and "What to do" so you can come to camp prepared to give your bunk the best. Part 1) Introducing the Pickle: How to make waiting for the bus in 103 degrees the best part of camp. Part 2) CPR of behavioral management: Consistent, Prompt, Reasonable.  Participants will be able to:

  1. Introduce activities with words and body language that increase excitement and participation
  2. Execute activities with more engagement and camper involvement 
  3. Say and do things that build positive relationships with campers
  4. Execute a successful first "bunk meeting" that ensures clear written rules, expectations, and reasonable consequences 
  5. Enforce rules consistently, promptly, and reasonably
  6. Give directions in 6 ways, without telling campers what to do
  7. Use the "Broken Record" when campers don't listen the first time

For Counselors with 0-2 years experience.  A great review for any staff member.

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Level II Staff Training: For experienced counselors looking to help every camper. 
Dealing with Difficult Campers (1 Hour) - $5/participant


Geared towards experienced counselors and head counselors who wish to take their skills to the next level. While no two children are the same, learn steps you can take to better manage campers with special behavioral and social needs.  With these children better positioned to have success in camp, your frustration will decrease and the good atmosphere in your bunk will increase.  Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify which campers need special attention, procedures, and care.
  2. Get information from the camp director, parents, and therapists to guide your care.
  3. Use behavioral management tools that speak to children with ADD/ADHD, sensory issues, OCD, and anxiety.
  4. Let a supervisor know that you need more backup.
  5. Write, share, and enforce a "Behavioral Contract".

For Staff and Head Staff with 2+ years experience 


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Level II Training: For all staff looking for a fresh approach to teaching character.
Gifting our Campers (and ourselves) with Character (1 Hour) - $5/participant 
(Recording Only)

Are you ready to go from counselor to educator?  Do you want your campers to know you "get them".  Do you know that "there must be a better way"?This course gives you the skills to turn any negative character into a teachable moment.  Learn the art of real "chinuch" education, where you are building character, and affecting long-lasting change in yourself and the children in your care. Participants will learn to:

  1. See our job as child professionals to gift children with good qualities, not just manage them
  2. Recognize the good instead of the challenge.
  3. Identify teachable moments in everything; especially the challenging times.
  4. Stay calm and in control of yourself, and your campers
  5. Use the power of Teshuva to help campers save face, reset, and move on past their mistakes.  
  6. Use Michael Brandwein's DLP method to teach good character. 

For Staff and Head Staff with 2+ years experience

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Bully-Proof your Camp (Recording Only!) For all staff looking for a deeper insight on responding to bullying in camp.
by Guest Presenter Mrs. Rivka Fishman 

So many incidences of mean behavior, (and sometimes even bullying) occur at camp. Time is less structured than at school and counselors are young and don't necessarily have the tools to notice or handle incidents that may occur. Rivka Fishman is a bullyproofing coach and consultant and is the author of Sara the Bucket Filler, a children’s book that teaches kids to be kind and stay happy.  Rivka has spent over 10 summers working in Camp Gan Israels around the world and has adapted her popular workshop to be able to effectively train counselors to be able to help their campers stay happy and avoid bullying situations. Staff members who took this course last year reported that it helped them help their campers AND that it gave them skills to get along better with their fellow staff members.

For Girl HC and Staff 

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Bochurim Power Training

A 2-Hour Training geared towards Bochurim in Day or Overnight Camps to take our leadership to the next level.  Learn how to gain cooperation, reduce power struggles and help your campers grow in their character.
For Bochurim

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Build Your Own
Custom Training for your camp staff (1 Hour and 10 Minutes @ $300)

Build your own 70-minute training with Rabbi Zalmy Kudan using a blend of any of the above topics, and/or specific topics that are unique to your camp.  Limited availability.  First come, first serve.  

Click here to register