This week is the third and final chapter of our three-part series, Prepping for Kamp.
We all know that our staff are a key part of what makes Kohut great.
Every year we select the ”best of the best” to make the summer unique, special, enriching and unforgettable. We want our kounselors to be over-prepared for the rigors of Kamp, truly understand Kohut’s philosophy, and give them plenty of time to acclimate to the time change and weather here in Maine! Here is a sampling of how our staff prepare for a magnificent summer at Kamp.
We put our staff through many different kinds of training and certification courses before our kampers arrive. Lifeguarding, First Aid/CPR, boat driving, waterskiing, Water Safety Instructor, Ropes course, and Archery are just a sampling of the training companies we bring to Kohut each June so our staff can be incredibly well-prepared.
We also run our own Kohut Orientation trainings on all things Kohut, from safety procedures and health care to Olympics and Kollege Days, from learning the Kohut “Welcome” song to understanding how our carefully organized schedule works
There is lots to learn and we want our staff to feel very prepared.
We love the way Kohut feels like an extended family. In order to feel that way, we make sure our staff are not only qualified to teach, but also get to know and appreciate eachother. Far beyond the traditional “trust falls,” our staff bonding includes an evening on the Adventure Course, a Staff Trip Day, bowling trips, hiking trips, and plenty of ice breaker games in between.
A Day in the Life
We need to ensure our staff truly understand and embrace Kohut’s philosophies, can walk the walk of a Kohut kamper. In order to do so, we run a full “regular schedule day” with our staff as kampers during our Orientation training. “A Day in the Life” is an opportunity for the staff to appreciate the kampers’ perspective and how important a well-trained, fun, and thoughtful counselor is. We’re sure any staff member will tell you that although it’s a bit more tiring than expected, it’s unforgettable!
We hope you enjoyed our series of how we prepare for Kamp. Now….let’s countdown those last days to summer!!!