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Leadership Essentials with Dr. Christopher Thurber


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Nov 18, 2008, 10:06 AM

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Want to learn more about online learning options for your staff? In this easy-to-read summary from Camp Business (November/December 2008), Dr. Chris Thurber reviews the pros and cons of downloadable handouts, video training modules, and everything in between. Complex campers, persnickety parents, detailed standards, and a climate of accountability have increased the demand on directors to provide professional training for their seasonal staff.

As Dr. Thurber explains, online options allow camp directors to supplement their in-camp training with cost-effective, pre-season, Internet-based learning. Whereas a poorly trained staff is likely to burn out, make serious mistakes, and increase a camp's liability; a well-trained staff becomes a camp's strongest asset.

Dr. Thurber is the original contributor to the's "Camp Scholar" column and the creator of Leadership Essentials, a premium library of online video training modules, quizzes, and handouts. The library, which now includes contributions from other youth development professionals, features 24 videos, each running between 6 and 9 minutes, on topics ranging from bullying to lifeguarding to supervision to conflict resolution. Preview Videos.

During the 2008 summer, more than 8000 camp counselors logged on to Leadership Essentials and learned practical leadership techniques that helped them work more skillfully with children. Read Testimonials.

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Read the Camp Business Article.

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