Camping and the Developmental Assets Research

For this assignment your will follow the instructions Thinking about your own program complete the right column of the Idea and Asset Building Chart providing the specifics about how you would implement the ideas in the left hand column. the chart is attached so you can complete the right column.Below are resources to help fill in the asset building chart

Camp and the Developmental Assets

The Search Institute Developmental Assets® are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.

The following is an article from the Search Institute website. As you read the article, think about how you integrate asset building into your camp programs.

Camping and Asset Building

Camping experiences hold tremendous opportunities to build Developmental Assets. They take young people away from their everyday environment and, at their best, create an asset-rich experience for the campers, linking them with caring adults and older youth, engaging them in stimulating, challenging activities, developing leadership skills, and cultivating positive peer relationships. Though individual camper experiences varied, a major study of camps by the American Camp Association found that, overall, children, parents, and camp staff all reported improvements in positive identity, social skills, physical and thinking skills, and positive values and spirituality.

Consider these ideas for integrating asset building into day camps and overnight camping programs:

  • Create getting-to-know-you activities and community-building activities
  • Define boundaries and expectations for campers and staff
  • Recognize that some young people may not have experience with camping. They may resist trying certain camping activities because of their inexperience—or their fear of failure.
  • Considering your population, encourage young people to write to their families (electronically or via snail mail)
  • Integrate a service project for the campers
  • Train camp counselors to be role models.
  • Build in time during programming to discuss and reflect on activities
  • Create camping opportunities that challenge young people to build on their skills
  • Engage young people in leadership roles in your camp by older youth people teach children certain skills or lead occasional activities.
  • Emphasize an experiential educational aspect to your program.
  • Encourage & train staff, volunteers, camp counselors, and young people everyone to build assets for each other.
  • Empower young people by giving them choices during activities. For example, if you have a craft activity, consider having two or three possible outcomes that use the same materials. (Or offer two to three different crafts.)

These concepts were adapted from this article . Click the link to view the full article. Once you’ve done so,

the chart is attached

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