Counselor Training

Virtual Camp Counselor Training 2021


Last day to register: May 3

Last day to turn in assignments: May 8 @ 11:59 pm

Last discussion session: May 8 @ 10 am

Register here.

Camp Counselor training is an excellent opportunity for counselors, adult volunteers, and 4-H staff alike to come together in collaboration to prepare youth to excel in their summer camp counselor role. We are doing things a little different this year! We will be creating a Camp Counselor Training workbook that youth leaders can complete on their own time. This workbook will follow pre-recorded training videos and other training resources put together by Upham staff, 4-H educators, and other camp professionals. Counselors will be required to attend 1 of the 2 synchronous, virtual sessions to ask questions, discuss training topics, and connect with each other and adult leaders. All synchronous sessions are listed below.

This training is applicable for both beginning counselors as participants (ages 14-15), experienced counselors as leaders (ages 16-18), adult volunteers, and  4-H staff.  A variety of opportunities exist during Counselor Training:

  • Opportunities to lead training sessions as a presenter for professional development experience
  • Counselors participate in training that builds confidence and provides youth development strategies to be successful with campers
  • Form connections with other passionate youth and adult camp leaders
  • Build positive youth development principles that translates to other aspects of life

Registration Closing

We wanted to share some updates about Virtual Camp Counselor Training. So far it is going great! We have had two of our three discussion sessions and we will have our third on May 8 at 10 am. You only have to attend ONE discussion session. As we move towards summer, we wanted to get some dates on your calendar. The last day to register for Camp Counselor Training is May 3, after 11:59 pm that day we will no longer be accepting registrants for Virtual Camp Counselor Training. Assignments and discussion boards will be closed at 6:00 pm on May 8, therefore all contributions to the online course need to be made before that time. The virtual course will still be accessible to participants, so everyone will still have access to song and skit booklets and other resources before camp! Once you have completed the canvas coursework and participated in the online discussion, the Upham team will complete grading your assignments and send you a confirmation email that you have completed the training.


Synchronous Sessions:

Saturday, March 27, 2021 3-5 PM Counselor Training Discussion Session

Saturday, April 10, 2021 3-5 PM Counselor Training Discussion Session

Saturday, May 8, 2021 10-11:30 AM Counselor Training Discussion Session

Counselor Training Discussion Sessions (required)

Each certified Summer Camp Counselor through our training program will complete a Camp Counselor Workbook/Online Course that follows asynchronous, pre-recorded training videos and written content based on training topics. Counselors will connect with each other, discuss the topics, and ask questions during one of the synchronous, discussion sessions on March 27, April 10, or May 8, 2021. Virtual attendance at one is these sessions is required for all counselors. The workbook should be finished before counselors-in-training attend a synchronous training session.


  • The cost of registration is covered by a grant from the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.

We hope to publish the Workbook/Online Course by March 8, 2021 for counselors-in-training to access via email by registering in advance.

Register here to gain access to the Workbook/Online Course and synchronous session ZOOM links.


Call for Presenters: If you are interested in presenting, please complete the Counselor Training Presenter Form. Experienced counselors can lead a session and build public speaking and leadership skills.  This opportunity is open to all experienced counselors, whether your group camps at Upham Woods or elsewhere. Presentation spots are also open to adult volunteers and 4-H staff. Questions? Contact Ariel Christian, Program Coordinator at

Start with confidence // make sure to be inclusive // show them that you care we are all equal// engaging with each other // being respectful all are welcome here//don't stand by, just go say hi// every voice is heard welcome 4-Hers// ask for names and pronouns// enjoy 4-H camp

Counselors developed advice haikus during our last discussion session.



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