Creating a culture of well-being at camp
The CampWell training program aims to help all be well at camp and seeks to create consistent care across the spectrum of all summer learning spaces. As an interactive, experiential, multi-day training program, CampWell is designed to help program directors and leaders identify, understand, cultivate, and create a community of well-being at camp by shaping trainings and programs that incorporate the tools, self-awareness, and understanding needed to enhance the experience and safety for all. The course will be offered in conjunction with the New England Camp Conference.
Upon completion of the training, participants will have the content and resources necessary to incorporate CampWell into their staff training in 2024. The course is a collaboration between the Alliance for Camp Health (ACH) and American Camp Association (ACA) and is supported by the H.E. Butt Foundation. Registration information and additional details are below.
Who is this training for? Program directors and leaders who will incorporate the concepts, skills, and tools they learn into their camp’s staff training for frontline summer staff.
CampWell Training in Conjunction with the New England Camp Conference
By registering, you agree to commit to attend the following:
- Thursday, March 14, 2024: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET, virtual pre-course Zoom session
- Wednesday, March 20, 2024: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm ET, in-person at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester in Manchester, NH
- Thursday, March 21, 2024: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, in-person t the YMCA of Downtown Manchester in Manchester, NH (will culminate with participants joining the New England Camp Conference keynote, 1:45 pm– 3:30 pm)
The full CampWell training will include a pre-conference Zoom session, two days of in-person sessions at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester, an off-site group excursion, and the New England Camp Conference keynote.
This CampWell training will be limited to 20 camps/40 participants. Camps are encouraged to send 2 participants per camp.
Fee: $150 per camp/ACA members; $200 per camp/non-ACA members (2 attendees per camp encouraged and included in the listed rate. Maximum of 2 attendees per camp to allow as many camps as possible to participate.). This includes lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. (Thanks to generous grant and in-kind support, we are able to offer this year’s CampWell training at an incredibly low price, so take advantage! We estimate the true cost of the program to be over $650 per attendee.)
Upon completion of the course, participants will have the content and resources necessary to incorporate CampWell into their staff training in 2024. Participating camps will receive ACH’s MESH Resource Guide and slide deck for use during staff training and a complimentary ACH membership. This is a $200 value in addition to the course content.
New England Camp Conference registration is separate from CampWell registration. Please register for CampWell first. We encourage all CampWell participants to join us for the entire 2024 New England Camp Conference. If you register for CampWell, please select the xCampWell registration type to receive a 40% discount on your conference registration (if you are the 1st or 2nd person registering from your camp, select that rate. If you are the 3rd or additional person registering for the conference for your camp, select that rate).
Registrations are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another participant from your camp/organization.
What People are Saying about CampWell
As a pilot test site for CampWell, Sonlight Camp took away a solid set of tools to enhance the work of creating a healthy camp community. We got affirmation of practices that are rooted in our culture, and CampWell provided additional tools and language to address the growing mental, emotional and social health issues that we see in campers and staff members. Rocky Mountain has a unique opportunity this fall to engage in the work of ACH and be intentional about creating communities of well-being. – Mary Marugg, RN, WFR-Founding Director / Interim Director Sonlight Camp
We can prove with our 90% retention of staff that they feel well taken care of here. Our staff feel safe, supported, and connected. Without CampWell, our staff would quit. They were leaving and not coming back, and now they’re here. – Camp Behavioral Health Specialist (LCSW)
What we liked about CampWell is that it wasn’t a reaction to the mental health challenges, it was a holistic approach to well-being. It offered a path forward where we felt like we could build skills to actually prevent challenges from happening and give our staff and participants some resilience and skills in order to help them face challenging times. – Camp executive who has been part of the CampWell program for two years