Participants assemble a puzzle and learn developmental characteristics of the different age groups. Participants learn the right ingredients (Essential Elements) of a positive youth development program and the camp counselor role.
The LSU AgCenter 4-H program takes seriously its responsibility of providing a safe, positive environment for youth. Teen leaders play a critical role in supporting educational experiences that develop life skills and character traits. They serve as positive role models and provide invaluable assistance to youth and adults in planning, implementing and evaluating educational experiences.
Who Wants to Be a Camp Counselor? is a training designed to prepare teens for what some view as intimidating as putting together a 2,500 piece JIGSAW puzzle. Don’t fret – when participants complete this session they will feel like they just won BLACKOUT in a BINGO tournament. This session will help develop teamwork skills so teens can avoid any FAMILY FEUDS and don’t have to go it SOLITAIRE. Serving as a counselor is like working with the panel of HOLLYWOOD SQUARES so participants will also pursue some TRIVIA enabling them to better interact with the campers, peers and adults. Developing your communication skills in this session will help BRIDGE generation gaps and avoid any DOMINO effects. By completing this session, chances of being a camp counselor will not be in JEOPARDY and participants can CHECKer it off on their camp counselor application form. Participants will win as they spin the WHEEL OF good FORTUNE.
The camp counselor role is very important in the 4-H program. Once prepared to serve in this important leadership role, you will have many opportunities ranging from 4-H camp counselor, day counselor and field trip counselor to presenting educational workshops. Through this training you will learn and develop individually and in turn help to teach and guide others.
A good teen leader or counselor is an asset of the 4-H Youth Development program. An untrained or unprepared teen leader or counselor can be more of a barrier than an asset. This program is designed to help with the leadership development of teens to serve in the role of camp counselors.
To find out the dates for camp counselor training, contact your local parish 4-H agent.