While stress and anxiety have always been present, we are living through a uniquely stressful period. What are stress, anxiety, and trauma, and how do they impact youth? What behaviors might we see this summer as a result of a year of uncertainty and shared adversity? How does an understanding of stress and anxiety help us prepare for a successful summer camp season? This interactive session will provide a framework to understand the impact of stress, anxiety, and trauma on our mind and body. Staff will explore facilitation strategies and techniques to create a stress-informed summer camp environment to support both their campers and themselves.
- Know: Professionals will be able to describe the implications of stress, anxiety and trauma caused by current events.
- Do: Professionals will be able to incorporate activities into their programs that help campers regulate stress and expand their resilient zone.
- Feel: Professionals will feel empowered to personally focus on stress regulation and to support camper self-regulation throughout programming.