What Type Of Camp Counselor Are You?

11 Questions
What Type Of Camp Counselor Are You?

There are many effective ways to interact with campers and numerous variations in counselor styles. But staff often wonder what manner is best. Here is a short quiz to help you determine your style as well as show you some effective responses to a few common camper problems. Adapted from “What Type Of A Parent Are You? ” by Donald A. Cadogan, Ph. D. )

Sample Question

A returning Lower Camper in your group tells another camper who is new that he cheated in gaga.  You would:

Scold the new camper for cheating and make him sit out the next game

Tell him not go get upset because he is younger than you

Tell the returning camper you know it is not fun to feel cheated, but you are confident that he can work it out with the new camper.

Play tetherball with the returning camper separately and tell him you are proud of him for not cheating

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A returning Lower Camper in your group tells another camper who is new that he cheated in gaga.  You would:
    • A. 

      Scold the new camper for cheating and make him sit out the next game

    • B. 

      Tell him not go get upset because he is younger than you

    • C. 

      Tell the returning camper you know it is not fun to feel cheated, but you are confident that he can work it out with the new camper.

    • D. 

      Play tetherball with the returning camper separately and tell him you are proud of him for not cheating

  • 2. 
    Your Senior Camper does not check after an elective period again.  You would:
    • A. 

      Punish him by not letting get ice cream in the afternoon

    • B. 

      Say nothing and assume he just forgot

    • C. 

      Tell him you were worried about him and ask him if he needs help finding his meeting spot

    • D. 

      Tell him that get worried that he might be hurt or lost when he doesn't check in, then let him know you have to report it to a Division Leader

  • 3. 
    Your Lower Camper refuses to eat lunch.  You would:
    • A. 

      Insist she eat before leaving the dining hall

    • B. 

      Disregard it and let her skip lunch

    • C. 

      Tell her it is ok if she is not hungry now and you will get her a bagel from the bagel bar later

    • D. 

      Explain to her how important it is for her to eat a good lunch so she doesn't get weak later in the day and go up to the food court with her to help her choose something before lunch ends

  • 4. 
    Your Upper Camper doesn't show up for lunch.  You:
    • A. 

      Scold him when you see him next period and tell him to sit in the office the rest of the day

    • B. 

      Ignore it because you saw him eat a bagel at the bagel bar earlier in the day

    • C. 

      Leave lunch to find him, then when you do, get him a plate of food so he isn't hungry

    • D. 

      Leave lunch to find him, then when you do, tell him you were worried that something happened to him and that you have to tell the DL and call his parents

  • 5. 
    Your Cub camper refuses to get into the pool for swim instruction for the second day in a row.  You would:
    • A. 

      Scold her and tell her that the rule is everyone goes in for swim instruction

    • B. 

      Ignore it and let her sit on the side of the pool

    • C. 

      Tell her how important it is to learn how to swim and that you know she can be the best swimmer

    • D. 

      Tell her that you understand that she is scared, but you know she will have fun and you will go in with her

  • 6. 
    Your Lower Camper does not pass the deep water test for the second time.  You would:
    • A. 

      Make him swim 10 laps every day during free swim until he passes

    • B. 

      Say nothing since he is trying - you don't want to make him feel even worse

    • C. 

      Tell him he will definately pass next time and console him by getting him a slushie

    • D. 

      Tell him that you know he feels sad, but he does great in his other activities and ask him if he wants extra help from you during free swim to build his skills

  • 7. 
    Your Senior Camper spills his bug juice in the dining hall for the second time in a week.  You would:
    • A. 

      Scold him and make him clean it up

    • B. 

      Ignore it because it was an accident

    • C. 

      Clean it up for him since boys will be boys

    • D. 

      Tell him you are annoyed, and that he needs to keep his cup in the middle of the table so he can't knock it over. Then tell him where the rags are to clean up the mess.

  • 8. 
    A new Senior Camp girl starts camp in Week 3.  The other girls in the group have been at camp for years and are not interested in making new friends.  The girls basically ignore the girls during lunch and free swim.  You would:
    • A. 

      Scold the girls and tell them they don't get to go on the optional trip ice skating tomorrow

    • B. 

      Ignore it because you know they will eventually warm up to her

    • C. 

      Assign a different buddy to the new girl each period so they have to interact with her

    • D. 

      Sit down with all the girls during group choice to talk about their behavior and how it affects other people. Have the girls come up with ways to get to know the new girl and make her feel welcomed.

  • 9. 
    Your Junior Camper shows up late to afternoon lineup in their wet bathing suit and without their bag. It is now too late to have him go to the bunks to change and get his bag in time to make his bus.  You would:
    • A. 

      Scold him for being late and restrict his elective activities next week

    • B. 

      Let him miss the bus, and have him go to the office to call his mom to let her know she has to pick him up

    • C. 

      Grab his bag from the bunk, throw his dry shorts over his bathing suit, and get him a golf cart ride to the bus

    • D. 

      Give him a choice of either changing out of his bathing suit and missing the bus; or going home in a wet bathing suit without his bag and making the bus

  • 10. 
    You are on a trip to Great Adventure with Upper Camp Girls.  Everyone is going on the ride and you tell the girls to wait for you on the ride exit. Two girls who get off the ride first decide to go to go to the bathroom without telling anyone. You would:
    • A. 

      Find them, then scold them for taking off and tell them they cannot go on trips for 2 weeks.

    • B. 

      Continue going on rides with the other girls, because you know you will run into them in the park

    • C. 

      Spend the next 30 minutes scouring the park until, then give them a big hug when you find them because they are safe

    • D. 

      Wait 10 minutes to give them a chance to return, and when they do let them know you were worried and you will have to report it to the Trip Supervisor

  • 11. 
    The following best describes your philosophy on working with children:
    • A. 

      You expect campers to respect you and do what they are told with no argument

    • B. 

      Children should be given the time and space to solve their own problems and develop at their own pace

    • C. 

      Campers should be made to feel safe and given an abundance of love without demands or conditions

    • D. 

      Campers should be treated fairly, with mutual respect and openness of ideas where rules are mutally developed.