School of Divinity
Religion: Youth Ministries
Camp Counselor, Camp Staff, Training Program, Staff Competency, Professional Development
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Hand, Avery Lee, "Equipping with Excellence: Evaluating Effectiveness of Staff Training on Counselors' Experience at Summer Camp" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 940.
This research study seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of staff training on the competency of counselors at summer camp. The study addresses the question, "How does the counselor training program provided by a camp affect the experience and effectiveness of the counselor throughout the summer?" The participant population includes 8 college age (18-22) camp counselors employed by Cru Kids Camp for summer 2019 as part of its elementary (K-5th) program. Through qualitative interview research, analyzed by thematic network coding, the researcher identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the particular training program. The goal of this study is to provide professional development research on how camp organizations can better support their counselors to serve the campers in the best capacity possible.