Inclusive Summer Camp Curriculum

Ready, Set, Summer! Staff Training On-Demand Webinar Series

Looking for more details on the webinars included in the Ready, Set, Summer! Series? Please see below for detailed webinar descriptions, learning objectives, and planning tools included in this on-demand training series.

Leadership Webinar (includes customizable action plan)

Webinar 1: Prep for Success: Superior Camp Environments

Summer is different. As your staff are transitioning from after-school programs to extended schedules and different spaces, it is often challenging for them to shift to a summer mindset. Children and youth also need help to successfully transition from academics and rapid rotations of after-school programs to full day summer camp and recreational programming. This webinar presents intentional planning tools and unique considerations to support summer staff in programming that creates a smooth transition from academic year to summer, as well as ideas for accommodating individual needs or participants in summer programming. 

After completing this course, your staff will:

  • Understand the role of the summer camp professional in the larger child and youth development context.
  • Have at least 3 strategies for adapting programs to better support campers’ transition to summer.
  • Create a plan to assess and enhance staff ability to meet individual needs.

All-Staff Webinars (includes facilitator guides) 

Webinar 2: Camp Inclusion 101

You got this! This webinar will give your staff an overview of what successful inclusion looks like in summer camp settings.  Explore the type of information you need to know to include a youth with disabilities, as well as easy-to-use strategies that will support inclusion. 

After completing this course, your staff will: 

  1. Know how to successfully serve ALL children at camp.
  2. Have their own toolkit of at least 3 ways to support inclusion at your camp.
  3. Compile a list of resources for supporting inclusion.

Webinar 3: Teaching Youth to Respect Differences

We all want to create welcoming environments where disabilities are viewed as a natural part of life. When your camp says that it is “for all,” what does that mean and what does it look like? To create welcoming summer programs, we first need to determine what respect for disabilities looks like. We can then explore ways that we can teach children and youth in our camps to respect disability as a form of diversity.  In this webinar, we will look at how language and our interactions can model respect, and how we can use targeted activities to build a welcoming camp community that respects disabilities.  

After completing this course, your staff will: 

  • Learn how to use socially responsible language. 
  • Practice and understand how to model respect for children and youth with disabilities.  
  • Be able to facilitate multiple activities to teach children and youth to respect disabilities. 

Webinar 4: How to Respond to Challenging Behavior

We all dream of a summer filled with excited, eager participation and interaction from our campers. But the truth is, we’re all human. We’re all going to have good days and bad days. That goes for youth in your camp too. Some days they will be excited to participate.  Other days, their enthusiasm may wane.  No matter how they’re behaving, the youth are giving you messages about their experience.  In this webinar, we will give you tips on how to decode the messages youth are sending with their behavior and the best ways to respond to work towards that dream summer.  

After completing this course, your staff will:

  • Recognize that youth send messages with their behavior.
  • Learn positive strategies for responding to challenging behavior in your program.

Ready to get started?

Need more info? Check out this video of Anna Luther, KIT’s Content & Curriculum Director, sharing more details about each webinar.