For everyone’s enjoyment at summer camp, discipline must be enforced among the campers. This will lead to a peaceful coexistence between the campers, the counselors and the support staff. Discipline must be applied so campers can learn more about life and generally become better citizens. At camp you’ll be encouraged by your head counselors to correctly discipline naughty campers, within reason.
Once the campers arrive take time to understand their different personalities. Acknowledge the naughty ones that need to be watched closely. Take time to talk more and in that way, you’ll understand the circumstances in which the different kids grew up. This will help in dealing with pranksters and naughty campers, and in understanding their motivations. After identifying the different characters, discipline can be passed via counseling during the earlier days. This will help establish why a mischievous action was done, whether it was either meant to seek attention, caused by anger, boredom or stress.
Naughty kids tend to have issues with self-value, especially those who disobey in order to get noticed. Let the camp be an active place, especially for the naughty ones. This will help them become disciplined since they’ll be active in doing the right activities. Let the campers develop their abilities and self value, but remain disciplined at the time. Also, involve activities like talent shows and appreciate the kids when they make a trial on informative drama or skits. Let them excel in their forte.
Involve them in setting rules
Once the campers have been involved in rule making, they’ll tend to feel respected and be more likely to obey the rules. Give them a platform to explain the corrective measures or punishments they’d prefer but always be the final decision maker. Matters regarding security and overall health should not be put up for discussion since rules regarding such are compulsory to protect the wellbeing of the campers.
According to psychologist Diana Bamrind, the guardian (counselor) should explain the repercussions that an offence would cause when all campers do not withhold the rules. The camp counselor should explain what breaking the rules means to the other campers and the environment as well. After finding offence in something that the kids do, the naughty kids should be disciplined after they know why they are being punished. This is the best show of love that you as a counselor and guardian can show the young campers while inculcating discipline for the wellbeing of everyone who is in camp.
Dealing with conflict
While dealing with conflicts, settle the one at hand first. A situation will only grow complex if you decide to dig for the other offences done by a camper. Drive towards looking for the resolution as opposed to the one to blame. This will reduce a camper to feeling accused and unloved as much as before the offence was made. Let the ones involved devise ways of solving the situation other than pointing fingers at one another. This will reduce the chances of bad blood brewing between the campers leading to revenge.
When you’re in charge of the camp, you are father and mother to the children. Don’t be too extreme and at the same time, don’t be too lenient either.