Leadership & Counselor Training

Site: Camp Latgawa

Site: Camp Magruder

Site: Suttle Lake Camp

Dates: 4/6/2018 - 4/8/2018

Age Level: Ages 16 and up

Cost: Donation

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This leadership training (to be held at Camp Magruder) is for all staff who will be serving at Camp Magruder, Suttle Lake or Latgawa this summer.  Leadership staff at Wallowa Lake and Sawtooth are also encouraged and welcome to attend. Church leaders and others are welcome to participate too, as many of the workshops offered would benefit Christian leaders working in a variety of settings.

This is a critical training for all camp leaders.  If you are unable to make this training, please contact the site where you will be serving so that these important topics can be covered well in advance of camp. 
This training event has a unique track for counselors (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon), as well as workshops for deans, chaplains, and other leaders (Friday evening – Saturday afternoon).  In large group sessions we will all explore core pieces of Camp and Retreat Ministry to better understand our mission and everyone's roles in keeping camp safe and how to practice Safe Sanctuaries and Child Protection Policies in the camp setting.  A full schedule is below along with a list workshops. 


  • This year's training event will be held at Camp Magruder.  For directions to Camp Magruder, CLICK HERE
  • Please note that campers under the age of 18 are allowed to drive to camp only with the written permission of parents and are not allowed to have any passengers under the age of 18.
  • Please plan to check-in at camp between 4:00pm – 6:30pm on Friday.  Please call the camp if you plan to arrive to camp before or after this time.  Dinner will not be served at camp.
  • The training will start on Friday at 7:00 pm. 
  • Please complete your On-Line Information Form prior to your arrival. 
  • Bring warm clothes and boots for outside and comfy slippers to wear inside. You'll need warm sleeping bags, towels and toiletries and a completed health form.   A notebook and pen may be handy during the training sessions.
  • The camp will conclude at 5pm on Saturday for those attending Leadership Workshops OR at 2pm on Sunday for those attending the counselor track.  Please advise the camp if your departure time will be different.
  • For registration information please contact our camp registrar:  503-802-9214 or registrar@gocamping.org
  • For program or camp related questions, please contact Hope Montgomery at Camp Magruder (503-355-2310 or hope@campmagruder.org)
  • For road conditions call 511 or check http://www.tripcheck.com/
Friday, April 6
4-7pm          Arrive & settle in, dinner on your own
7:00pm        Welcome, Introductions, & Ice breakers
8:00pm        Breakout Session to better understand roles & site
                   (counselors in one group and other leaders meet by site)
9:15pm        Break, transition
9:30pm        Worship
Saturday, April 7
8am             Breakfast
9am             Morning Watch
9:30am        Mission of Camp & Retreat Ministries
10:30am      Counselor Track / Workshop Options A & B
11:43am      Learning Graces
Noon            Lunch
1:00pm        Counselor Track / Workshop Options C & D
3:20pm        Safe Camping
5:00pm        Leaders May Go in Peace / Counselor Break
5:30pm        Dinner
6:30pm        Counselor Track continues
9pm             Campfire
9:30pm        Worship
Sunday, April 8
8am             Breakfast
9am             Counselor Track continues
Noon            Lunch
1pm             Counselor Wrap Up
1:30pm        Closing Worship
2pm             Go in Peace…
Block A (30 minutes):
  • Scheduling Logistics & The Art of Announcements:  Learn best practices to help the camp day run smoothly, including times of transition and making announcements. 
  • Campfire Planning:  Learn keys to planning a successful campfire, including picking the right music for the right time and other meaningful activities to include.

Block B (30 minutes):
  • Working Effectively with Counselors:  Counselors are key in a positive camp experience.  Learn how to help them succeed in this task and support them in developing as Christian leaders.
  • Family Camps & Intergenerational Forum:  This is a time set aside just for leaders of family camps and intergenerational retreats.  Learn best practices in developing these experiences and working with multi-generational groups.
Block C (1 hour):
  • Dealing w/ Challenging Behaviors & Special Needs:  Learn best practices to address special needs that are known before camp and how to better handle conflict and challenging behaviors as they arise.
  • Worship Planning:  Learn easy tricks to help create meaningful, interactive worship experiences.
Block D (1 hour):
  • Theme & Faith Formation:  Dig into this year's camp curriculum "Branching Out" and gain skills on how to best develop experiences and integrate faith development throughout the camp day to support deeper connections with the scripture and spiritual growth.
  • Offering Opportunities to Learn by Doing:  Learn how to immerse campers into Christian Community and activities in a way that helps them bridge scriptural learnings with everyday experiences.  Hands on activities and lessons available while living in community become powerful and transformative, when campers are encouraged to make deeper connections about these experiences and their faith.    
Engaging sessions specifically designed to help counselors prepare for cabin life and working with campers.  Skill sessions will include establishing a community of respect, knowing camp rules, camp worship and prayer, how to get campers excited and how to settle them down, listening, working with small groups, seizing faith moments through the day, and more.

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