Generation X has the power!! Training camp staff for today’s world!!

Dr Simon Sambrano1
1Iguanas Outdoor Education, Caracas, Venezuela


Having engaged staff is key for the success of any camp or outdoor education organization. Nowadays this not only includes providing traditional perks of outdoor work (being outdoors, contact with nature, meeting new friends and develop new skills) but offering opportunities beyond this experience. Idealized influence, individual consideration, inspirational motivation and intellectual stimulation are some of the skills that Camp Leaders need to master to keep a strong and healthy staff. During this session these concepts and different leadership tools will be presented and explored through hands on activities to help strengthen camp and outdoor professionals staff training programs.

I have been involved in camps for over 35 years, as a camper, CIT, counselor, coordinator, program director, director and owner. In addition to my job as Iguanas Outdoor Education Director/Owner, I’m an Organizational Leadership Consultant/Trainer, as well as an International Camping Fellowship ICDC Lead Trainer and a former member of the Venezuelan Camp Association Board of Directors. I’ve developed and ran camps in 5 countries in 4 different continents. Since 2008 I’ve worked together with +50 different Camps and Outdoor Education organizations around the world. Last summer (2019), I collaborated with Reset Summer Camp in Santa Barbara California – USA. I’m a Medical Dr. (General Surgeon) and I hold a Master in Organisational Leadership from Monash University Au.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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