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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WAYS TO BE IN THE CABIN
popping in all week long to visit the cabin – establish the SLs as leaders, though.
— Read or tell a story or sing a song for the cabin at bedtime.
— Teach a game and then blend into the group and let the SL take over and lead.
— Hangout in the corner pretending to need a place to warm up or
get out of the rain for a minute and use that time to write notes to your SLs.
— Be there during skit making (you can subtly help facilitate it if the SLs need the help,
or be a practice audience).
— Just hang out and chat with the kids.
— Looking at the stars
— Read or tell a story
— Sing a song or play an instrument
— Make sure someone else is watching the other cabins if this would normally be your job
during that time.
all the time, or telling their cabin to get ready when they could’ve been about to say it
themselves. (Try to give your reminders to the SLs in a way that allows them to still be
the leader for their kids).
— Wait outside chatting with the kids who are ready while the SL wrangles the rest. You get to know
the kids, and the SLs will have an easier time getting the rest ready with less to keep track of.
— If cabins at your site meet up somewhere after meals before walking back to the cabins, hang out
at the meeting spot and get to know the kids and walk back with them – you probably
need to head to the cabins at that point anyway, so you may as well walk with a cabin and
see how things are going.