Sara D. Huffman

“Expert Online Training delivers some of the best industry professionals into our dining hall each year during staff training. Even without meeting the EOT team in person, our staff members learn vital skills that help them become thoughtful and intentional guides for our campers. As they recall what they learned from the videos throughout the summer, our counselors feel as if they know and trust the people they met on the screen. Our staff training just wouldn’t be the same without EOT as together we help each staff members become their ‘best me at GRP!'”

Sara D. Huffman
Director, Green River Preserve

Annabel Steele

“Dear Dr. Thurber: I have spent the past nine summers at Camp Friendship; the last five as a counselor. Before our on-site training, everyone on the staff watches a different collection of Expert Online Training videos. We all agree they are an amazing resource! Thank you so much for being a great help to camp counselors and students alike! You and the EOT faculty have been a tremendous help to me, both as a counselor and as a student, especially as I prepare for my upcoming coursework in youth development. Thanks to EOT, I got an A+ on my speech for my Public Speaking class, called, “All Children Should Experience Camp.”

Annabel Steele
Boston College Student, Staff Member
Camp Friendship

Patty Harris

“EOT has allowed us to deliver consistent and current content across multiple locations, and to demonstrate that our staff have understood the content. We believe EOT is providing more efficient and higher quality training than we could produce on our own.”

Patty Harris
CEO, Camp Quality USA, Inc.

Whitney Chapman

“Thank you for our fifth great season using ExpertOnlineTraining.com. We love EOT because it prepares our staff prior to their arrival for the challenges of working with young people. They come to camp confident and prepared after viewing skillful solutions to all kinds of counselor-based and camper-based problems. We continue to make the training modules available during the summer so our staff can get instant help with any leadership issue.”

Whitney Chapman
Assistant Director, Camp Laney for Boys
www.camplaney.com

Weston Outlaw

“Leadership Essentials became a well known entity at Culver Summer Schools & Camps this summer. We asked all 380 staff members to login to LE prior to arriving at camp and most completed the entire program. We loved being able to print the certificate of completion for staff to add to their personnel portfolio.

The staff told us that the videos were informative, a good reminder of issues, and related to real camp situations that college-age men and women may not know how to handle yet. One staff member commented: ‘Have to admit, I thought the training videos were going to be awful. I was TOTALLY wrong–they rock!‘”

Weston Outlaw
Former Marketing Coordinator, Culver Summer Schools & Camps
www.culver.org/summer

Steve Ehrhardt

“Chris, your short, topical videos—combined with matching handouts and online quizzes—allow us to monitor, evaluate, and help our staff prepare for the summer and gain confidence working with kids. With your innovative product, our staff will come to camp more prepared than ever and I thank you for this. By monitoring the quiz results, we will also be able to gauge which subjects need additional emphasis during our inservice training.”

Steve Ehrhardt
Owner/Director, Douglas Ranch Camps
www.douglascamp.com

Shelley and David Tager

“We were very pleased with our decision to purchase Leadership Essentials. Feedback from staff about Leadership Essentials was extremely positive. Every staff member arrived for orientation with a much clearer idea of what we expected from them…and the video training modules gave us a common language and skill set to use throughout the summer. Bottom line: Our staff were ready for their counseling and leadership responsibilities right from opening day. Thank you, Chris. We’re renewing our subscription!”

Shelley and David Tager
Directors, Indian Head Camp
www.indianhead.com

Shana Funk

“DECA and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are collaborating on this very exciting project [to subscribe to Leadership Essentials] and I believe it will be such an asset to all participating diabetes camps. Thanks for the amazing things you do for all camps and the kids we serve. I look forward to having our American Diabetes Assocation staff use your online counselor training program.”

Shana Funk
Youth Initiatives / American Diabetes Assocation
www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/ada-camps/

Sarah Oplinger

“We implemented the Leadership Essentials Online Training Program for our staff as a precursor to our pre-camp training. As a result of the dynamic monitoring options Leadership Essentials offers, we had a clear picture of what skills our staff had and which ones required emphasis during our customized on-site training.

Our counselors told us that they felt an elevated sense of professionalism and high expectations from the camp management. This was just what we wanted. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our staff training by using today’s exciting new staff development tools. It was a wonderful experience and we look forward to the additional material that has been added.

Thanks a bundle; we really do enjoy the benefits of this service.”

Sarah Oplinger
Assistant Director Douglas Ranch Camps
www.douglascamp.com

Sarah Horner Fish

“Just watched your new modules and we really like them! We’re excited to sharethem with our staff this spring and we’re fully confident that our new and returning staff will be that much better equipped when they get to camp, thanks to all the training you provide on EOT. It’s wonderful to think about the ripple effect of your training on our staff and then on all the children they work and play with!”

Sarah Horner Fish
Executive Director, Tom Sawyer Camps
www.tomsawyercamps.com

Ruby Compton

“We love Expert Online Training! It gives you all the experts at your finger tips, on demand whenever you need them. There are great online resources that you can also use to support your staff training through any kinds of situations from the basics to the more complicated stuff. We really love it and I recommend it for you to!”

Ruby Compton
Green River Preserve Camp
www.greenriverpreserve.org

Rob Hammond

“Chris has been providing in-person staff training workshops at Camp Laney for 10 years. This year, I was excited to jump-start his in-person training with Leadership Essentials. I know that the strategic addition of Chris’s online video training modules will allow our leadership team (and Chris himself) to teach my staff more advanced skills during staff training week. So far, the video training modules are also getting all my staff–especially my first-year counselors–psyched for camp.”

Rob Hammond
Owner & Director, Camp Laney for Boys
www.camplaney.com

Rick Mades

“We’ve been training our staff with ExpertOnlineTraining.com for two years. Instead of absorbing huge amounts of information in a few days at camp, our staff can pace themselves by watching EOT videos at home. Completing a lot of topics before arrival gives them more time to prep in their activity areas during staff training week and helps them get in the right mindset for camp. They better appreciate their responsibilities as youth leaders. Each summer, we also learn how to best customize the videos & topics to our setting. Last summer, for example, we saved a few videos, watched them as a full staff, then broke up into discussion groups.”

Rick Mades
Camp Director, Maine Arts Camp
www.maineartscamp.com

Patti Thom

“Expert Online training is an amazing product and we have used it for 4 years now. We primarily use it for our senior staff. It is a great way to connect with our senior staff because many of them are overseas or out of town. We do a great deal of training online with them before they come to camp. It helps to get them energized in the spring and they are all set to go by the time they get to camp.”

Patti Thom
Camp Tanamakoon
www.tanamakoon.com

Pam Cobb Heuberger

“Chris, I have looked over your Leadership Essentials videos and loved them. You’ve done great work in getting these done. They are fun, to the point, and most importantly helpful. I know that my staff will enjoy our subscription.”

Pam Cobb Heuberger
President, ACA New England
Director, Camp Runoia
www.runoia.com

Oreon Millard

“I love EOT because it gives me the availability to have my staff do more intensive training. Training that allows us to have the ability to do team building and be able to connect together as staff as units. It takes my mission and vision for my camp to another level. I would recommend EOT to anyone, it enables you to have a similar foundation that allows everyone to call upon and connect back to. Use EOT!”

Oreon Millard
Camp Tanasi
www.girlscoutcsa.org/en/camps/our-camps/camp-tanasi.html

Mitchell Parker

“I was very happy that we used Leadership Essentials as part of our Staff pre-camp training requirements. It not only helped provide the key training principles that a camp staff member needs, it also allowed me to monitor the use of the tool which gave me a preview of the individual incentive of my staff before they arrived at camp. It will continue to be part of our pre-camp training and I would highly recommend it for any resident camp.”

Mitchell Parker
Owner/Director, Camp Waziyatah
www.wazi.com

Marran Linsky

“We’ve been using Expert Online Training with much success during our staff orientation. It’s terrific to use in combination with everything else because the videos and quizzes keep our staff interested! Actually, our staff let us know last year that it was a great addition to their training, so we’ve renewed our subscription. I love the fact that you have added new presenters and fresh content to the library this year as well! Can’t wait for more new and updated topics next year! Thanks for helping out!”

Marran Linsky
Assistant Director, Fernwood Cove
www.fernwoodcove.com

Lorne Abramson

“Diabetes camps help people affected by diabetes lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives through good diabetes management. The Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) provides leadership and education to better enable diabetes camps to fulfill this purpose. We are very excited to partner with Dr. Chris Thurber and the American Diabetes Association, in bringing Leadership Essentials to the staff of diabetes camps. This will reinforce our staff training programs byincreasing the skill set of camp staff. Inevitably, this initiative will better the experience of children with diabetes.”

Lorne Abramson
Diabetes Education & Camping Association
www.diabetescamps.org

Linda Hansen

“Since 2011, EOT has been a valued and integral part of our staff training. All prospective counselors-returning and rookie-are required to view four EOT modules prior to our in-person training. By viewing their results from my Director Dashboard, I can focus my onsite training on areas in which staff are struggling. This pre-season assignment also helps us weed out prospective staff who do not take the job of counselor seriously. Applicants who do not complete their EOT assignment are dropped. Those selected to join the staff are assigned an additional four modules to complete prior to opening day. EOT has proven to be an outstanding addition to our training and we believe that we are providing well-trained leaders to take care of the precious cargo that parents are entrusting us with.”

Linda Hansen
Director,Missouri Children’s Burn Camp
www.brsg.org/wordpress/camp/

Katie Gadapee, PhD

“While I was the Head Counselor for Camp Fuller, I used ExpertOnlineTraining.com for all of our staff. I absolutely loved the videos and felt they gave helpful information in a manner that staff and administration could visualize! The handouts were so valuable for interacting with the staff on various issues as well. EOT helped me become a better Head Counselor to the campers and the staff. Using the information on addressing bullying, sexual harassment, and parents, I gathered a better understanding of my role and responsibilities toward campers, staff, and parents. I recommend this training whether one has been in the industry for years or is brand new to camping. It is an invaluable training experience.”

Katie Gadapee, PhD
Capella University

Karen Rosenbaum

“With more and more mandated staff training, and less and less time to accomplish it prior to camp, this series is a godsend! The videos are well-produced, authentic, succinct, with relevant and appropriate content. I love the manageability and online convenience — for me and for my staff.”

Karen Rosenbaum
Owner/Director, TIC Summer Camp
www.ticcamp.com

Karen Offitzer

“These video training modules have been a phenomenal addition to our staff training workshops. They are well-designed, fun to watch, come with helpful handouts, and I love the variety of topics they explore! Our staff thanks you, EOT!”

Karen Offitzer
Camp Schodack

Jonathan Polster

“Hey Dr. Thurber! I was utterly impressed with Expert Online Training. I continued to show your videos and discuss your philosophies throughout the entire summer, and Iwitnessed first-hand the effect your work had upon our staff, especially with helping homesick children. On behalf of the entire staff at Camps Firebird and Roosevelt, thank you for all you share with the world.”

Jonathan Polster
Head Counselor, Camps Firebird & Roosevelt
www.camproosevelt.net

Jennifer Wesling

“We were excited to share Chris’ expertise with our nearly 200 camp life staff. The videos from Leadership Essentials proved to be a powerful and critical componentof both Interlochen’s web-based pre-arrival training and our on-site pre-camp training. Feedback from our counseling staff was positive, describing the videos as “on target” and “a great supplement to staff discussions.” Using the Director Dashboard to manage and track specific content for our population was simple and effective. Chris and his team were helpful and gracious in all our interactions and we look forward to again using Leadership Essentials this summer.”

Jennifer Wesling
Dean of Students, Interlochen Arts Camp
camp.interlochen.org

Jennifer Deasy

“We started using Expert Online Training in 2009 and now we can’t go without it! The videos add variety to staff training, rather than having staff listen to me and John over and over again. We feel that the greatest strength of the Leadership Essentials modules is that they “back up” the Camp Director by offering a different voice of expert information. The videos also help our staff absorb the concepts and expectations of youth development professionals. Last summer, two of our staff ran over to me from the lodge, excited, “JD, we just talked with a camper and it went just like the Thurber video!!” That completely made my day!”

Jennifer Deasy
Assistant Director, YMCA Camp Coniston
www.coniston.org

Jason Sebell

“Chris, I have to tell you that I am so very impressed with Leadership Essentials. Every vignette was well crafted and well acted, and should speak to any serious camp counselor. Congratulations on taking staff training into the next century! We’re signing up!”

Jason Sebell
Camps Kenwood & Evergreen
www.kenwood-evergreen.com

Gwynn Powell

“Expert Online Training allows me as a university professor to be able to have students walk into the classroom prepared with knowledge from the well done videos. It allows them to put those ideas into actions right away. Administering with many students, there is a dashboard where I can assign different groups of students different videos based on their skill sets. It also allows you to create a customized learning opportunity based on their needs at the time that they need it. It is fantastic, it has made my life easier and it has helped me be a better professor.”

Gwynn Powell
Clemson PRTM Camp Courses
www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/prtm/

Gretchen Vaughn

“Leadership Essentials is phenomenal. What an upgrade from DVD-based training! The videos will be a huge hit with today’s generation of staff. Having staff participate in these modules throughout the spring will get them thinking about camp way ahead of time. I think it will also have the benefit of retaining staff between hire and arrival.

Using online training also shows that a camp is truly professional and forward-thinking. The videos are top-notch and the site is clean and easy to navigate. I also love the feature of being able to upload the camp’s own documents. What a difference between Chris’s site and nearly all staff manuals (and as a standards visitor, I’ve seen a lot of them).”

Gretchen Vaughn
Life & Leadership Coach for Camp Professionals
www.outofthemountains.com

Glenn Breazeale

“As Directors of a Christian camp, we believe that the most important job we have is hiring and training our counselors. They create Alpine each summer for our campers. We want outstanding, high caliber, fun Christian college young men and we want to equip them with the best professional training in the country. That is why we have relied on Chris Thurber for a number of years at our Staff Training. Having experienced his energetic, positive, practical seminars in person, it was a no brainer for us to sign on with Expert Online Training.

Hopefully, the young men we hire sign on because they are pumped about camp, ready to serve boys and have a profound positive impact on boys’ lives. What EOT did was allow them to think about how they were going to accomplish this before they even arrived at camp. I believe it gave our staff a huge leg up during Staff Training and we will definitely be using EOT again.”

Glenn Breazeale
Director, Alpine Camp for Boys
www.alpinecamp.com

George & Paula DeTellis

“One of the strengths of Leadership Essentials is the ability to use the videos as part of staff training before our first day of staff training at camp. All of the staff are required to watch specific videos and take the online quizzes to verify that they understand the principles being taught. This gives us a head start before new hires arrive at camp for our pre-camp staff training. It also builds unity of vision by providing a foundation of camp rules and expectations.”

George & Paula DeTellis
Directors, Camp Woodhaven
www.campwoodhaven.com

Gene Clark

“Chris works at camp with children and staff most of the summer, so I know the material in Leadership Essentials is field-tested, practical, and effective. This guy walks the walk. I also love how the video training modules combine Chris’s expertise as a psychologist, parent, and camp professional with just the right touch of humor. I can think of no better way to prepare any day or resident camp staff for the job ahead.”

Gene Clark
YMCA Camp Belknap
www.campbelknap.org

Gary Forster

They’ve got Dr. Phil, we’ve got Dr. Chris! – (Thurber that is.) Chris has always wanted staff at his YMCA camp to have a head-start on training while their enthusiasm is really high…before they even get to camp. And he’s sharing the result with other camps as a subscription service that lets you pick which online video training modules you want to require your staff to view before camp starts. The service even gives you a real-time roster of each of your staff members’ progress! The range of topics includes things you need to cover but usually don’t have the expertise. The presenters are a who’s who of popular conference speakers; but filming them in the outdoors and including “real life” camp footage (that would make anyone eager for camp to start) should make the lessons “stick”. Chris has a similar setup [called Medical Essentials] for camp nurses and doctors, too.”

Gary Forster
Gary Forster, LLC
www.garyforster.com

Drew Glicker

“I just wanted to thank you for the quality and information in the videos you worked on. My initial reaction when we were instructed to watch the videos was skeptical; I was doubtful that I could learn much from a video that I did not already know from experience. After watching them so far, however, and completing the quizzes, I have found there is a great deal to learn and discover about counseling. Your integration of engaging strategies and effective resolutions was quite helpful. The homesickness training especially, an issue I have personally encountered and seen time and again among fellow campers, was particularly informative. Again, thank you for your work, and I can’t wait to finish the training!”

Drew Glicker
Counselor, Frost Valley
www.frostvalley.org

Daniel Zenkel

“Leadership Essentials represents a great leap forward for all day and resident summer camps. By providing online video training modules, Chris has put our industry at the cutting edge of staff training. The video modules are concise, engaging and well produced. Thank you, Chris.”

Daniel Zenkel
Founder and Former CEO, The Camp Group, LLC
Managing Principal, The Camp Professionals
www.thecampprofessionals.com

Robert Peterson

Vermont State Parks used Expert Online Training to augment our annual three-day Park Manager training in 2016. As an organization, we recognized the value and need for a continuing education program for our front-line managers. At the conclusion of our spring training in early-May, we assigned each park manager eight pre-selected modules to complete by July 1st. EOT was a success with our Park Managers; the course content was stimulating, thought provoking and reemphasized key concepts learned at our three-day training in May. Feedback from the field was very positive and we consider the addition of EOT a valuable component of our 2016 training program.

Robert Peterson, Vermont State Parks
www.vtstateparks.com

Andrea Zapcic

“More than any other educational tool we’ve used in the past, adding Expert Online Training set a tone of professionalism and raised expectations, which I’m delighted to say our staff rose to. The staff were diligent, attentive, and confident. Your content, having been refined through years of direct experience in the field, makes a profound difference year after year.”

Andrea Zapcic
Director, City of Rahway, Department of Parks & Recreation
www.cityofrahway.com/recreation.htm

John Dovic

We’ve been using expert online training for many years. First, it helps cut down pre-camp time. Second, it gets everyone on the same page before they even arrive. My staff enjoy the modules because they’re in short segments that can be completed at their own pace. The quizzes are great because they really do have to watch the videos. It’s made a huge difference in staff leadership and professionalism.

John Dovic, High Meadows Camp
www.highmeadowscamp.org

Daniel Redding

“At Strong Rock Camp, we have been using EOT for several years to train our incoming staff prior to their arrival on-site. We love EOT because the videos, quizzes and handouts give our staff a chance to focus their minds on being a professional role model prior to staff week. Great videos with solid content!”

Daniel Redding
Strong Rock Camp, www.strongrockcamp.com

Chanie Wilhelm

“Our camp really benefited from ExpertOnlineTraining.com’s services this past summer. Our staff was better prepared and well-equipped to deal with many different situations that arose during camp. We really feel that it made a big difference in our staff’s professionalism and overall responsibility. Thank you!”

Chanie Wilhelm
Camp Director, Camp Gan Israel of Greater New Haven
www.ganisraelnh.com

Cathy Scheder

“ExpertOnlineTraining.com is a dynamic extension of engaging and innovative in-person presentations from top talent. Short but thorough training videos provide the information you need staff to have before they come to camp. Specifically, the Active Lifeguarding module has content that EVERY lifeguard should watch and learn before they dip a toe in your pool, lake or river. Follow up with onsite, in-water skills training and your lifeguards and waterfront staff will be well prepared to keep a watchful eye over your campers this summer.”

Cathy Scheder, MS Ed
Author of Camp Waterfront Management

Brent Klaus

“At International Gymnastics Camp, we require all of our staff to complete the Leadership Essentials online training. Our staff’s response has been extremely positive and they tell us it demonstrates the camp’s dedication to their knowledge and preparation for the upcoming summer. We have found this training to be especially helpful with our international staff because it provides them with a cultural vision of American summer camp and allows them to arrive at camp with more confidence in the journey ahead.

Leadership Essentials is a key tool in our staff’s education because before they arrive for pre-camp training, Leadership Essentials has set the tone for the important role each staff member will play as a youth development professional. Above all, we know that Leadership Essentials facilitates a smooth transition from the outside world to the high expectations of camp life.”

Brent Klaus
Director, International Gymnastics Camp
www.internationalgymnastics.com

Bobby Wiseman

“I must say that Leadership Essentials was a very productive and positive step forward for our staff. Our staff immediately applied many of the tools they learned from the video training modules. Many commented on the essential application of the homesickness prevention strategies. As both a camp director and cabin counselor I must commend your team on a timely, relevant, and appropriate presentation of various youth development subjects. Our staff was much better equipped to handle a variety of challenges and situations as a direct result of this training and supplementary information such as quizzes and handouts. I would recommend this program to any camp or youth development organization!”

Bobby Wiseman
Director, Camp Hemotion
www.hemofoundation.org

Barbara Boukater

“When attending camp conferences we highlight the speakers who are a “must attend.” Dr. Chris Thurber is among a small, elite group who fits that category. Because we cannot bring our entire camp staff to a conference, I was thrilled to see that we could bring Chris’ teaching to camp! I am excited to offer Expert Online Training to my returning staff as well as to my new staff. Even though we could share many of these messages ourselves, having the pertinent education come from a new voice carries an even greater impact, particularly for returning staff.”

Barbara Boukater
Director of Pace Summer Programs
www.pacecamp.com

Allen McBride

“Leadership Essentials lets professionals who specialize in key areas of staff training be in an infinite number of places at once–at far less expense than having them all actually come to your site. And the features of the Director Dashboard, empower me to hold staff accountable for completing the modules, keep records of their successful completion, and document the training for insurance, licensing, and accreditation purposes.

The number of topics covered is already extensive – and will only grow as time goes on. When you evaluate your options for staff education and consider quality, effectiveness and cost, there’s no better choice out there than Leadership Essentials. We know summer camp is good for kids–and Leadership Essentials helps camps help kids.”

Allen McBride
Director, Camp Mac
www.campmac.com

Aaron Wells

“Dear Dr. Thurber, I am a new camp counselor at Camp Rockmont, and I have been watching your video modules as part of my pre-arrival training. I wanted to say thank you for your work and for all the details you placed in these videos. I think they really helped me figure out exactly the kind of counselor I want to be this summer! Keep up the good work.”

Aaron Wells
Camp Rockmont
www.rockmont.com

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