One of the primary angles to every camping experience is being able to interact effectively at camp. Unless you will camp along, which rarely happens and is not a great experience to have, you will be making decisions based on assessing emotions and challenging these beliefs.
The American Camp Association is sharing different secrets on effective communication and interaction while at camp. These are developing relationships, the sense of accomplishment as a strong motivator, the process of communication, and the mentoring project.
Secret Number One
The first point of consideration is how you can develop relationships in the outdoor setting. The association noted, “The more you get to know your campers (and fellow staff) and understand any fears or issues they may be experiencing, the more equipped you’ll be to help them expand existing comfort zones by overcoming uncertainty.”
The staff member or the organizer should be able to understand how campers tend to discover more once they become motivated to participate. They should be continuously exposed to new knowledge, and perhaps processes on, for instance, cleaning a cabin to taking care of the animals. They should also be able to engage in one-on-one sessions. Another way is to carefully blend interactive activities with intervals of passive listening, and not focusing too much on direct talk since these can be annoying.
Secret Number Two
The second secret lies in the fact that motivation begins with fun and a sense of accomplishment. As simple as building the fire outdoors is a big feat already. What more if they are able to build a shelter.
Organizers of camp and parents can help the group get this tip by modeling the correct behavior. They also have to look for their experiences to find out which areas they can lead, help, and follow. They should also be able to learn how to get themselves away from the comfort zone. Making them understand that failures are part of success is also one way to unleash this second secret.
Secret Number Three
The third point of consideration is how to communicate because this matters. According to the association, this can be possible through becoming polite, eliminating disrespectful behaviors, not making excuses, offering to help, showing capacity for change, and putting ideas into context.
Listening skills should be honed in various situations. Be ready to provide a reason that relates to the situation. Follow up with options and choose proper times to hold conversations when needed.
Secret Number Four
The group also noted, “Find someone who can provide feedback throughout the summer. Remember, when someone gives you constructive criticism — whether in a few words, a humorous reflection, or a philosophical way — it is a gift.
Camps with mentors are better than the rest. These people should be able to share their experiences, begin to deeply understand connection by recommending actions, help the campers get out of their comfort zones, and lastly, provide guidance.
Using these tips can be effective when organizing camps for the community, such as in academics, offices, within the office team, and more.