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  • Welcome to the 4-H Camp Bristol Hills Online Adventure Training

    Camper preparing for an element on the High Ropes Course

    This course is designed for staff or independent contractors who want to work in the Adventure Programs conducted at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills during the Spring, Summer or Fall.  This is a supplement to the in-person training which is held each year shortly before camp.  This course is NOT a certification, but will help staff to gain a solid understanding of the program before working with campers directly.

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    History and Mission of 4-H Camp Bristol Hills

    Take a dive into the rich history of our camp, it's mission, and the role of the Adventure Program at Camp.

  • Ages and Stages & Group Dynamics

    In math, they say you can solve for a variable in an equation, if that equation has only one variable, but you cannot solve for multiple variables without responding in variable terms.  That said,  you can think of  your Adventure Group as an equation with 16 variables (campers), each of which will continue to change throughout the duration of your program.  It's a moving target with no concrete answers, but with a little guidance from human development research, you will be able to make some informed decisions regarding your group.

  • Sequencing of Activities

  • Debriefing: Bridging the Experience

    Debriefing, Processing, Reflection, Bridging... all refer to the idea of taking experiences from the ropes course, and applying them to other aspects of your life.  We at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills believe that this step of the experience is what elevates a fun day in the trees to being a valuable experience for the campers long after they leave the program.  This unit shares more resources than any other in this course, and the reason is because many staff find debriefing to be both the hardest and the most important part of the program.

    When you approach this unit, try to clear your mind of all the distractions in your physical and emotional space.  Allow yourself to fully immerse in this course of study.  The resources shared are really great foundational building blocks that you will be able to use not only in the camp program, but really, any time you work with groups.  This is not an overly technical portion, and there are no right or wrong answers, but a lot of great skills to be gained.  Honestly, this is one of the units that  I am most excited for in the online course, because it always seems like we don't have enough time to really take a deep dive into debriefing when we hold our in-person trainings. 

  • Play Day!

    Demonstration of some field games!  We will take a look at some VIRTUAL Teambuilding activities, developed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, but Michelle Cummings of Training Wheels.  We'll be doing this workshop via Zoom, so clear your calendars for Thursday night from 7-8pm, and plan to join us! 

    For a few real life games to start your bag-o-tricks, read through the brief Activity Guide that we created for our SUNY Cortland Recreation Conference, attached in this lesson, before we meet on Thursday.  It's going to be awesome to see all of your faces together in one screen!

  • Understanding and Using Local Operating Procedures

  • Getting Technical

    Identifying essential equipment on the ropes course.

  • Facilitator Ethics

    What are ethics? What role do ethics play for a facilitator on a ropes course?  According to Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court Justice:

    Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. "

    Sometimes ethical decisions are easy, but often times, ethical decisions require us to accept the fact that no matter what you do, someone may feel hurt or betrayed by our actions.  Take a few minutes to watch the video here.

    Once you've watched the video, take the quiz (it's in the same window).  You are not required to report your scores, but the quiz is a nice way to reinforce what you know.