What is a Program Leader?
How to Be a Mentor
How and When to Set Goals
Ways to Be in the Cabin
Skits and Cabin Calls
Being a Guest at Meals
Times to Check In with your SLs
Feedback—What to Look For
Ways to Help Returnees Grow
How to Teach an SL to Be a Mentor
Nice Things to Do for Your SLs
Games for Cabin Time
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HOW AND WHEN TO SET GOALS
They can take time to set a group goal too.
— Verbally set one goal on Sunday and explaining that more goals will be set the next day.
— PM time on Monday is a good time for more in depth goals,
since new SLs will have gotten a better idea of what ODS is like by this point.
— Do a mid-week follow up along with mini daily check-ins.
— Set daily goals through notes and offer feedback on their goal from the day before.
— For returning SLs, check their file in the office – they’ve probably written goals in previous sessions.
— The eval writing rubric is a good place to get goal ideas.
— Try to make some tangible goals, or to break a general goal into tangible increments
so they can have a sense of achievement. For instance, a goal of “making the cabin a
welcoming environment” could break into “reading a story the first night,”
“knowing the students’ names by Monday lunch,” “playing 2 games each day,” and
“doing personal goodnights or a sharing circle each night.” That sort of thing.
— Keep a journal between PL and SL to help keep track of goals.
— Make a ‘rock of confidence’ - they carry it in their pockets at all times, hold it for confidence or
have the rock to hold their frustrations.
— Write goals on puzzle pieces and use them as beads on their wood cookie.