• Recognize the diverse cultural backgrounds of the campers as a strength
  • Recognize, include and welcome families, local Knowledge Keepers and local resources as guests to demonstrate and affirm diversity
  • Utilize wholistic approaches in all domains – cognitive, spiritual, emotional and physical
  • Create culturally rich learning environments that support all children to see and appreciate diversity around them 


  • Use observation and data to build awareness of children’s needs
  • Understand and recognize potential triggers
  • Create safe, trusting and supportive learning environments
  • Be prepared to respond when a child needs extra support, recognize when specialized resources are needed


  • Confirm that all children have mastered concepts about print
  • Reinforce mastery of phonemic awareness skills – rhyming, alliteration, substitution
  • Support and guide transition from de-coding, re-coding and en-coding
  • Reinforce mastery of safety and self-identification words and numbers – name, caregiver names, contacts, emergency

Foundational SKill

  • Expand skills through sharing engaging books and stories
  • Utilize simply written books to engage children in reading
  • Promote opportunities for children to build vocabulary through supportive interactions
  • Encourage conversations and interactions with books in the home

Culturally Affirming and Trauma Informed
Family and Community Engagement in Early Learning
The Science of Reading and Early Literacy
Indigenous Early Literacy

The Science of Reading
Professional Collaboration Series
Camp Orientation
Using Data for Camp Planning

Information about the Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Teacher Guide
Planning Document
Forms and Templates