Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Monday, August 27, 2012

EDGE: A Simple Strategy for Training

Recently I developed some experiential leadership training for several of our local Boy Scout troops. In preparing for the program I reviewed a number of training programs offered by the Boy Scouts. While going through the training materials I came across a great idea for guiding how we as leaders teach others. It's called EDGE.

EDGE stands for a four step process used to teach and coach others. The first step, E, is to explain. Tell them how to do what you want them to do. The next step, D, is for you to demonstrate what you've explained. Next comes G for guide. Walk them through doing the task while you give them feedback. Finally we focus on E, which stands for enable. We give them the situations, tools and support they need to independently use the skills in new situations.