Are you ready to be a 4-H Camp Counselor?. About You. Have you been a counselor before? Have you had camp counselor training? What do you recall? What helped you?. What to expect?. Fears or concerns? What challenges will the kids bring? What will be their strengths? What is your goal?.
Acting without thinking. Don’t know why they did something. Typical of this age.
Are children in the 9-12 age range generally argumentative or not?
Yes! Will argue just to practice arguing.
How do you counteract argumentativeness?
Use open-ended questions. Don’t argue too. Wait until cool down to talk.
Give me an open-ended question
Cannot be answered yes or no--
Tell me about. Tell me more…, what happened next?
Which is more productive in genral for children - competition or cooperation?
Cooperative activities- not pitting one child against another…preserves self-esteem
What is a way to build a team spirit?
Cooperatively-Cooperative game breaks (birthday, height, spaghetti, making something together)
What can happen after a hot day of intense activity in children?
Tiredness, crankiness, sensitivity to others,
What is a great way to get children to listen to you in a group?
Involve them in the decisions, Use the word LOOK! Be prepared with the task and materials
What are some signs a child is being bullied?
Child frightened to be alone, unwilling to join in group, feigns illness, scrapes or clothes torn, becomes aggressive
What are some signs of homesickness?
Crying, staying close to a trusted adult, refusing to participate
What to do if you have a bedwetter
Be discreet, don’t ridicule. Bedwetting is a sign child feels inadequate. Help them learn to feel worthwhile. Camp is a great place to overcome these feelings. Allow them to take part in the clean-up/responsibility.
Ask if they need a night light
Limit fluids after dinner
Name some “toxic” elements of children’s environments that camp helps them get away from
Television, video games, junk food,
Loud or inappropriate music
What do you do with a child who wants to be the center of attention, is not viscious but high energy?
Put that energy to work for you! Turn him/her into a leader.
Using the term police officer instead of policeman or firefighter instead of fireman is an example of what?
What is a gender senstive way to say mailman?
What is a gender sensitive way to say man hole cover?
Sewer hole cover…just think about the underlying messages when you are not gender sensitive
Why do adolescents engage in risky behavior
Feelings of invincibility, incomplete brain development- can’t project consequences.
How do all people learn best?
Through relationships --with the teacher, with the material, with the environment- through connections and interactions
What health concern is growing by epidemic proportions in the U.S.?
Childhood overweight and obesity
Why do kids age 9-12 seem so argumentative?
They are growing fast cognitively and they begin to question adult authority.
When children can’t sit still and complete a task what can you do instead?
Change the task, go outside, become active then return to the task.
What is Cyber-bullying?
When kids bully kids on the internet posting hurtful things about them or in their name
How do children show their identity- who they are?
Through their appearance, clothing, actions, who they hang out with
About how long is attention span of these campers?
15-20 minutes without changing tasks or venues
The researcher who studied children who are violent and shoot in schools amd bullying.