July 2, 2014

Pre-Camp

Ahoy campers! Our sailors are ready for summer
Every summer, the staff at Camp Kawartha strive to give campers an engaging, educational and safe camp experience.  Staff training during “pre-camp” plays a huge role in ensuring that counsellors have the requisite skills to plan fun and creative programs, teach classes and attend to each camper’s individual needs. 

Over the past week and a half, the summer camp staff have been busy preparing the waterfront for campers, and brushing up on their sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking skills.  The staff have also been trained in leading archery, eco-skills, guitar, drama, dance and landsports.

A large component of pre-camp is emergency response training. Each summer camp staff member holds a valid Standard First Aid certification, and re-certifies their training in CPR-C during pre-camp. Many staff also have their NLS and Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder. Staff members are trained to respond to emergencies during mock first aid situations organized by the camp’s Health Care Coordinator, and life-guarding situations run by the Waterfront Director.  Search procedure is another important component of the staff's emergency response training. During pre-camp, the staff learn how to run a preliminary search for a camper, and how to search both the water and main site in the event of a missing camper.
Senior Tripper "Jaws" practices epinephrine injections 


Staff  hone their counselling skills throughout the week by reviewing strategies to deal with bullying, picky eaters, homesickness and many more camper issues. Throughout the summer, staff members will draw on pre-camp training and work closely with the Head Counsellors to ensure that all campers receive the care and support they need.

Session A has now begun, and the camp is bustling with energy and activity.  Staff and campers alike are settling into the daily routine of morning classes, rest hour, afternoon activities and evening program. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Summer Camp Staff 2014