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Niagara Falls City Specific Training

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Transcript of Niagara Falls City Specific Training

Welland City Specific Training
Outline of the Day
Meet the Staff & Icebreakers
Get to Know You Board
Camp Culture
Bullying and Integration
Camp Roles
Camp Relationships
SAM 2.1
Important Paperwork and Concussions
Program Outcomes
OCA Guidelines
Value Beads
Policies and Procedures
Safety and Risk
Extended Care, Busing and Head Counts
Conference Planning

Various Roles in Camp
Program Outcomes and Fundamental Movement
Meet Your Staff!
General Manager
Erin Gaybriel
Site Supervisor
Site Supervisor
Integration Supervisor
Taylor Hill
Niagara Centre
Ellen Ford
Merritt Island
Jordan Dick
Welland, Niagara Falls,
Fort Erie, Port Colborne
Regional Supervisor
Stephen Arkell
Camp Director
Carly Toth
Camp Culture
OCA Guidelines
Important Paperwork
Policies and Procedures
What is the OCA?
The Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is an important leadership role in promoting and encouraging children and youth camping in Ontario. The OCA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that draws its membership from camps, individuals and like-minded organizations and agencies, all devoted to maintaining high standards for organized camping, and to sharing information and ideas that maintain these standards.

Once a camp achieves full membership, it receives a visit every four years, or the year following a change of site, ownership or director.

Our camps voluntarily adhere to over 400 separate standards dealing with all aspects of a camp's operation: health & safety, leadership, food service and maintenance, staffing, programming, and administration.

The OCA Standards Committee regularly reviews and revises standards when appropriate.
The Visit
This year, four of our sites are being visited:
After visits, we will be notified of any issues

Every OCA Camp follows this system to ensure that they are maintaining quality programming, safety and health and employment
What is Our Role...?
Ensure that sites are following all standards
Ensure the camp team is aware and clear on OCA expectations
OCA Visitors can and WILL ask about specific guidelines
Closer to the dates you will participate in practice run
17 year old Shaniqua is the Head Counselor of Out Trip Camp, accompanied by her two counselors, Ebenezer and Laquisha . Because the camp was running late, Shaniqua quickly hurried the campers on the bus and left without her bag, containing camper information and possibly medication. In addition, Shaniqua did not have time to write down the trip plan, and Ebenezer and Laquisha have not been debriefed on the details of the trip.

Out Trip is travelling to the OTMF (Ontario Table Making Factory), where campers can watch deforestation in the works and participate in the production of wooden tables. In order to reach the factory, participants must travel first by bus, then by motorboat. Unfortunately, there were only a handful of life jackets provided so those campers Star 1 or above were not given one. To return, campers must swim to shore, then bus back to the camp site.

Scenario #1
Aquatics Camp in Niagara Falls travels from the Walker Family YMCA to the Kiwanis Pool on Carlton Street. One hot, muggy day, the bus driver thought it would be a good idea to take a detour to get to the pool. After driving for a while, the driver noticed that they were not anywhere near the pool or general civilization. Minutes later, there was a BANG and the bus broke down, right beside an abandoned pool. Finn, the Head Counselor of Aquatics Camp, decided to take advantage of the location of the break down and quickly hurried his campers and staff, Jaworski and Karmin to the pool to get changed. Even though there were no Lifeguards present, Finn decided that, given the circumstances, it would be acceptable. Once campers were changed, they were allowed to jump in the pool.
Scenario #2
Extended Care
What is Extended Care?
Head Counts
What is a Head Count?
Helping hands is a program which is designed to integrate children of varying needs, abilities and exceptionalities into a typical day of camp.
The focus of Helping Hands is to fully
both the campers and the program support counselors.
When a counselor, head counselor and site supervisor are unsuccessful or struggle in integrating these campers the behaviour specialist will be contacted.

A person intentionally, consciously, and deliberately taking advantage of a power imbalance. They act in way that should reasonably be known as unwelcome to the detriment of another human being.
Beating labels...
Once we label campers, our perception of them automatically changes.
What we want to see and build in our campers...
Campers With Behaviours
Over the summer, staff may also encounter campers who do not require a program support counselor but require extra support in certain aspects of their day.
The behaviour specialist will act as a resource for staff in providing strategies to aid in integrating the camper
Helping Hands
Counting the number of kids in your camp and making sure that they match up with your rosters
Why are Head Counts Important?
Headcounts are important to ensure kids are safe and to make sure they are where their supposed to be

To prevent a missing or phantom camper

Who is Responsible for Head Counts?
Head Counsellors
When Should Head Counts Be Done?
Before you get on the bus
After you get on the bus
Once you get off the bus
After bathroom breaks
Before changing for swimming
After changing
While in the pool
Before playing on the playground
While playing on the playground
After you are done on the playground
Before you go for lunch, during lunch & after lunch
Before free time, during free time & after free time
When you are lining up

Techniques for Fun Head Counts and How to Remember Your Number
Meet Our
Program Outcomes
Building Relationships and Increasing Social Skill
Character Development
Feel Safe and Included in the Camp Community
Develop Creativity and Imagination
Experience the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity
Play and Have Fun
Are Challenged and Learn New Skills
Let's Talk About Principles!
A unique experience from the rest of the typical camp day. During Extended Care campers can interact with campers at different camps, as well as build relationships with new counsellors.
Parent Perceptions
Taunting and Teasing
Be Proactive
Watch for Signs
Observe and Build Relationships
Know the Common Activities
Set Boundaries
Make Consequences
Create a Supportive Environment
Intention to Harm
What is
Fundamental Movement?
The Circle of Support
Volunteer and Junior Counsellor Program
Counsellor and Program Support
Head Counsellor
Site Supervisor/Integration Supervisor
Regional Supervisor
Camp Program Coordinator
General Manager
Volunteer and Junior Counsellors
Junior Counsellors
Cannot be utilized in ratios
Are expected to participate
Should feel included at camp
Should be given leadership opportunities
Are trying to learn and develop

Cannot be utilized in ratios
Are expected to participate
Should feel included at camp
Are volunteering their time
Should be thanked for their time

The people who are running the program
Will have a group of campers, and be responsible for them during that week
Program Support
Work 1:1 or 2:1 with a child to help integrate them into the group
Are not there to watch a camper group
Head Counsellors
Are there to support their counsellors
Oversee their camp, to make sure programs are being run
Sign in and sign out
Cover breaks
with parents

Site Supervisors, Regional Supervisors, Camp Program Coordinators, and General Manager
Here to support you!!!!
To make sure all the camps are being run up to our standards
Camp Relationships
Who is at Camp?
YMCA Branch Staff
Community Partners
How Do We Build These
Say "Hello"
Ask how their day was/is
Remember and use their name
Thank them
Parent Communication
Be Clear
Be Firm (Don’t keep changing your position)
Keep Cool
What is their Deal?
They are busy
They care for their camper
They need camp to be convenient
They don’t want to feel attacked

The LAST Approach

Building Relationships
with Campers
One of the single most important things you will do at camp
Start first thing on Monday and continue throughout the summer.
By the end of the first day, know their names and at a couple things about their life outside of camp
Building relationships will make the rest of your summer run more smoothly.
Value Beads
Safety and Risk Management
Risk Management
The YMCA is fully committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of staff and participants on its premises and in its programs, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Policy Statement
conduct all recreational activities in accordance with guidelines issued by the YMCA and with consideration of guidelines issued by another organization or authoritative source;
maintain the premises under YMCA control to an acceptable level of safety;
properly construct and/or maintain in good repair recreational facilities and equipment;
monitor recreational facilities for safe conditions, equipment and conduct;

Policy Statement Continued
maintain an up-to-date risk assessment procedure to ensure safety in connection with recreational activities;
provide and maintain safety rules and procedures for adventure activities and ensure both participants and staff are familiar with them before participating in that activity; and
develop, maintain and train staff in incident, accident and emergency procedures for the conduct of adventure activities.

Activity Assessment
An in-depth assessment will be performed on each adventure activity to identify areas of possible risk and to raise awareness of safety issues.

What are the risk management factors in the activity?
Which factors can be controlled and which cannot be controlled?
What skills are needed by participants?
What equipment is needed?
What training in the use of the equipment is needed by leaders, participants?
Type of Activity
Participant Factors
Age of participants?
Previous experience?
Physical condition?
Mental and emotional conditions?

How much travel and what type are required to get to the activity and return?
How will the participants or group travel?
Who is driving?
How remote is the activity?

What is the typical weather for the activity?
Does the location and season influence the experience level, physical condition, age, and experience level of those who are appropriate to participate in the activity?
A risk management plan will be put in place to address the specific concerns of each type of activity and reviewed after any incident or accident and at least every three years.

Risk Levels
Severity of Outcome
Level One

Level Two

Level Three

Minimal Risk

Moderate Risk

Severe Risk
Risks that would result in minimal harm
Could occur from not frequently to somewhat frequently

Risks that would result in moderate harm or mild to moderate injury
Could occur some what frequently to very frequently

Risks that would result in serious or severe harm or injury
Could occur very frequently

Food for Thought
Parents are trusting YOU with their most prized possessions

YOU are a role model for the children…monkey see monkey do

YOU are representing the YMCA and all the values that we uphold.

What Every Kid Should Do Before the Age of 12
Experience total weightlessness at the top of a swing
Skip stones across water
Play leap frog
Hang upside down from a tree limb
Jump into water cold enough that it almost takes their breath away
Throw rocks or snowballs at a post from a distance until they get a bulls eye
Ride a bike with no hands
Paddle a canoe
Piggyback someone
Roll down a big hill
Try a sport that requires a helmet
Collect something in a forest
Make up a dance routine
Slide down something on a piece of cardboard
Build a fort
Hike somewhere for a picnic
Bury someone they love in the sand
Play outside in the rain
Jump in a pile of leaves
Make a snow angel
Fly a kite
Create an obstacle course
Swim in a lake or an ocean
Make up a game involving a ball
SAM 2.1
Building Relationships and Increasing Social Skill
Character Development
Feel Safe and Included in the Camp Community
Develop Creativity and Imagination
Experience the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity
Play and Have Fun
Are Challenged and Learn New Skills
Target Indicators
Develop Fundamental Movement Skills
90% of campers participate in 60 minutes of non elimination physically intense games each day
90% of campers participate in one activity per day that intentionally focused on movement skill development
75% of campers report seeing their counsellor as a friend
55% of campers report making a new peer friend at camp
50% of campers report learning or developing a skill
80% of campers demonstrate YMCA values
75% enjoy being at camp and indicate a desire to come back
60% of campers report trying something new that they enjoyed while at camp
80% of campers report feeling safe at camp
65% of campers report feeling included at camp
75% of campers report having the opportunity to develop creativity at camp
Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS), is critical to establishing the foundation for participation in many sports and physical activities. A child who has not yet had the opportunity to develop these basic motor skills experience difficulties or barriers when participating in sport experiences or later school-based programs that involve more difficult motor skills
Develop Fundamental Movement Skills
What is Camp Culture?
Behind the scenes
The bond created by staff, by campers, and by staff and campers
Rekindled after 10 months, nearly instantaneously
Something that you can't really lay a finger on...
Sunday June 26th 2016
10:00am - 6:00pm

Why is this important
to ME?

Integration and Helping Hands is important to me because, I am a strong believer in advocating for the equality and inclusion of every human. This program helps ensure that individuals who have been excluded and forgotten about get the chance to be included in regular camp and social activities. It's all about setting everyone up for success!
Jordan Dick
Integration Supervisor of Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie and Port Colborne
Camp Experience: Two years as Program Support Counselor, first year as Integration Supervisor
School: Humber College Developmental Services Worker Program with a bridge program for the BA of Behaviour Sciences
Other Experience: Intern at Community Living Toronto's Creative Village Studio
Intern at Luso Canadian Charitable Society
Adapting Activities




Day Camp Coordinator
Taylor Gillard
What Does Each Colour Mean?
Red - Name your favourite food!

Yellow - Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!

Blue - What is something you are doing this summer?

Pink - What are your nervous about this summer?

Brown - What is your favourite camp song/game?

Blue - What is your biggest fear?

Purple - What camp are you at this summer?

Green - What is your favourite movie/ TV show?

Orange - Name something you cannot live without!
"Get To Know You" Board
What did you do today?
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