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About the Author

Connie Coutellier is a trainer, consultant, and author. She is a national field executive for Camp Fire USA and was the national president and director of professional development for the American Camp Association. She's written several books on camp counseling and has over 15 years of experience as a camp director and over 25 years of experience in youth development and outdoor program administration training and development. Connie has served as a consultant for both the development of the Basic Camp Management book and the curriculum for the ACA camp director courses.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice Books; 2 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585180416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585180417
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book fits easily into a backpack and can go almost everywhere the counselor goes.
Tom Horner
I had purchased this book a couple of weeks before my online training started so it felt good being ahead of the game.
Jspence_93
I'd recommend that camp staff purchase this book for counselors or utilize some of the activities in their training.
Stephanie G.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tom Horner on April 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Camp is for the Camper is the perfect personal assistant for camp counselors who want to learn more about the youth who come to camps, who want to organize themselves to be an effective leader at summer camp and who want to solve typical camper issues. The book fits easily into a backpack and can go almost everywhere the counselor goes.
Being a camp counselor is a tremendous experience, yet it can be stressful if they are not well prepared to deal with the many and varied behaviors of campers. Camp is for the Camper gives counselors quick, easy options to address many regular situations.
Catalina Island Camps bought a copy for each counselor and I can see how they will refer to it many times to help get ideas about how to best meet the needs of individual campers and their whole cabin group.
Often it hardest for a counselor to come ask a supervisor for help because they don't want to look as if they can't do their job. Of course, we train counselors to ask for help, but many still don't ask and since we know they want to do well, they will probably turn to this book for ideas and solutions.
The book reiterates many of the things we talk about in staff orientation, but we always wonder if counselors really took it to heart. For many counselors, reading a similiar message written by ACA professionals will give them a second chance to understand many critical issues to the success of our camp.
Along with the Camp is for the Camper Online course, this is a powerful training tool for every camp counselor in every camp across the country.
If you are a counselor, you will find it very useful. If you are a director, buy it for your staff!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Yeargin on October 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book offers suggestions for almost any situation that may arise with a camper. It not only offers help with dealing with one, but how to prevent it in the first place. Another useful feature is the inclusion of a "psychological roadmap" of each age group, their needs, and how to help them get the most of the camp experience. It's a great supplement to any Staff Manual. Order a copy for each of your staff!
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When I first found out that I was going to work at a summer camp I was so excited! Then I got really nervous because this would be the first time I worked with kids 24/7 for 2 months. I needed something to help me on what to do and I needed it fast! this book was great and really insightful. I know it is no longer published but if you can buy it used I highly recommend it. It helped me all summer long and I was able to have a great camp counselor experience because of it. It's also an easy read.
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