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Here's the schedule for Staff Training 5778. ALL TIMES ARE IN EDT (NY TIME).

Contact me with any further questions:; 805.636.5085 call/text/whatsapp.

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

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 

Course Schedule:

  1. Sunday, 30 Nissan, April 15, 4-5:30pm NY Time. Recording available for those who register beforehand.    (For Shluchim and Shluchos and Assistant Directors)

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. 

Course Schedule:

  1. Sunday, 30 Nissan, April 15, 2-3:30pm NY Time (FOR GIRL HC's) 9 PM ISRAEL TIME
  2. Sunday, 30 Nissan, April 15, 7-8:30pm NY Time (FOR GIRL HC'S)
  3. Sunday, 7 Iyar, April 22, 7-8:30pm NY Time (FOR GIRL HC'S)
  4. TBD  (FOR BOY HC'S) Please email if you have bochurim head staff interested in the course.

CGI Staff Training: 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

Course Schedule:

  1. Sunday, Iyar 7, April 22, 2-4pm NY Time (FOR GIRLS STAFF)
  2. Sunday, 13 Sivan, May 27, 7-9pm NY Time (FOR GIRLS STAFF)
  3. Sunday, 27 Sivan, June 10, 10am-12pm NY Time (FOR GIRLS STAFF) TIME CHANGED!
  4. Tuesday, 22 Sivan, June 5, 8-10pm (FOR BOYS STAFF)

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 camp

Course Schedule:

  1. Sunday, Iyar 7, April 22, 5-6pm NY Time (FOR GIRLS HCs & STAFF)
  2. Sunday, 13 Sivan, May 27, 2-3pm NY Time (FOR GIRLS HCs & STAFF)
  3. Sunday, 27 Sivan, June 10, 5-6pm NY Time  (FOR GIRLS HCs & STAFF)
  4. Tuesday, 22 Sivan, June 5, 11pm-12am  (FOR BOYS HCs & STAFF)

Creating a Successful Framework for Every Camper - Dealing with Difficult Campers (1.5 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".

Course Schedule: 

  1. Sunday, 13 Sivan, May 27, 4-5pm NY Time (FOR GIRLS HCs & STAFF)
  2. Sunday, 27 Sivan, June 10, 7-8pm NY Time (FOR GIRLS HCs & STAFF) 
  3. Contact for BOYS class schedule.

New for 5778-2018!
Bully-Proof your 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 the author of Sara the Bucket Filler, a new 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 (even young) counselors to be able to help their campers stay happy and avoid bullying situations. 

Course Schedule: 

  1. Tuesday, Sivan 22, June 5, 7-8pm NY Time  (FOR GIRLS HCs & STAFF)  

STOP! Read this first!

  1. Upon successful payment, you will receive an email confirmation with an email text to forward to your staff with the link to register for the courses. It will be below the payment receipt (automated message).
  2. If a staff member can't make any of the sessions, He/she must register before the course to receive a recording and a test. Recordings will only be sent to staff who register for a session BEFORE the session takes place. (Don't give this as an option from the start, the course is much more effective when staff are involved live!)
  3. 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.
  4. Due to the number of courses/dates, it is difficult for me to run a report of who registered for what (before the course). Ask your staff to forward you the REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION they receive to prove to you they are registered.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...