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Leadership: Group Dynamics

Summer Camp Junior Counselors (JC) will work with their collaborating Counselor to co-lead a series of activities designed to delve into particularities of their group functioning and roles. As part of this, they will review possible low-risk team-building activites that are appropriate for the group (age, group dynamics, level of difficulty, schedule, enrionment, etc.). They will review each activity, including proper facilitation, any potential risks or issues associated with, and guidelines. In consultation, they will develop a progression designed to meet explicit learning objectives. The Counselor will review the principles of debriefing and ensure the JC understands the process and its purpose. They will also discuss "tricks of the trade" (i.e. pedagogical, methodological, and logistical issues and tips). Once the Counselor is confident the JC can facilitate the lesson (i.e. series of team building activities), time will be allocated. Throughout the series, the Counselor will provide active direct supervision and any support that may be needed (including intervening). After the lesson has been facilitated, the JC will evaluate the session with their collaborating Counselor. This will include self-reflection as well as feedback from the collaborating Counselor, and particular emphasis will be placed on group functioning.Together they will discuss how the JC might adapt the lesson in the future in light of their debrief.

Learners will demonstrate:1. Knowledge of several team building activities, and their potential use as a tool to delve into group dynamics 2. Ability to provide a plan/overview of a team-building series 3. Ability to facilitate a group of youth through these activities safely and in a way that supports overal learning objectives, including debriefing 4. Attention to (and, at least minimal management of) group dynamics 5. Self-evaluation of leadership and implementation, including generating ideas for improvement and/or adaptations. Prior to facilitating the series, the JC will generate a Group Challenges Series schedule--which will include the learning objectives of each challenge--and create a list of materials. While facilitating the lesson, the collaboarting Counselor will take note of facilitation skills, attention to group dynamics, debriefing techniques, and other leadership qualities. Following the lesson, the JC and their collaborating Counselor will debrief the lesson implementation. Reflections and adaptations will be recorded and added to the group challenges series outline.The culminating feature of this will be a group challenges series designed to meet certain group goals, reflections on its implementation, and ideas for adapting the lesson in the future.

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