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HPW Internship: YMCA-Camp Glacier Hallow

Posted by Deising, Deanna - June 19, 2017 - 2017 Internships, Community, HPW Internships, In-State

HPW Student Internship Experience – Caroline Chalk Summer 17′

As an intern at Camp Glacier Hollow, in Stevens Point, I was given the opportunity to create wellness programs for children. The camp, overlooking a lake, features activities such as archery, slingshots, boating and a challenge course. Every summer there is one week of resident camp that is dedicated to wellness. Throughout this week campers participate in both wellness activities and traditional camp activities. I was in charge of the creation of those wellness activities and the scheduling of them throughout the week.
During the wellness week, I created a nutrition PowerPoint/game that helped the campers understand calories and nutrient density. We also offered the opportunity for campers to participate in a healthy cook-off where they made vegetable stir-fry in dutch ovens. I also discussed mental health with campers during the self-care and journaling programs that week. Campers were given many opportunities to engage in physical activities like rock climbing, swimming and capture the flag. Interning at Camp Glacier Hollow provided me with the opportunity to design wellness programs that are geared towards children.
The main skills required for this position are public speaking, programming, behavior management and a desire to work with children. During wellness week, I carried out many programs and became comfortable facilitating the programs to campers. This helped me feel confident in my knowledge and my ability to create fun ways for the campers to learn about wellness.

Objectives

  1. Behavior:
    1. Will attend YMCA once/week in May to plan with Tiffany and independently for Campers For Life Program.
    2. Attend and assist with Staff Training during the day May 30-June 7, days only. Overnights will be highly encouraged to attend.
    3. Lead and Assist Camp Programs: Day Camp, Resident Camp, and Teen Programs
    4. Attend and facilitate Campers for Life program,
    5. Have youth create a presentation on their week to show to parents at the end of the week.
    6. Work in the camp garden daily and infuse it into C4L program.
    7. Create a pre-survey, mid-week survey, and end of the week evaluation for youth.
    8. Create a survey for parents to gauge future interest in this program-strengths and improvements
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Will market Campers for Life Program at YMCA Open Houses at Camp by speaking about our the program to a family audience of potential campers.
  3. Organizational Experiences:
    1. Meet w/Tiffany in May 2 times (2-one hr meetings) before May 30th-Times/Dates TBD by availability
    2. Attend and assist with Camp Open House
    3. Attend and assist with Staff Training
    4. Meet with Tiffany 4 times (32 hours/week) weekly
    5. Meet w/Tiffany post C4L for evaluation of program and debrief, 1 meeting 2 hrs
    6. Attend and contribute to at least one residential and one day camp staff meeting.
    7. Assist and observe Camp Program Director in various administrative duties daily

Contact
Tiffany Praeger
Camp Program Director, Stevens Point YMCA
PO Box 142, Nelsonville, WI, 54458
tpraeger@spymca.org
715.824.5267

Hours
400, hours varied per week,

Stipend
None

UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Caroline Chalk, Summer 2017 (pictured above)

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