As former campers and camp counselors, we know what qualities make great camp staff, and as parents, we want to make sure that our campers are being instructed and supervised by people who truly "get" them and have our children's physical and emotional well-being as their first priority.
Our staff consists of undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and professionals with backgrounds in the fields of education, counseling, school psychology, speech-language pathology and similar fields that serve children with social learning needs. Our staff are the key to creating a fantastic summer for our campers. Our ratio of staff to campers is approximately 2:5. All members of our staff and all have demonstrated the level of emotional maturity, flexibility, and creativity which we believe is necessary to ensure each camper's success.
Camp Sequoia staff members are carefully screened and must go through background checks as mandated by state & federal laws as well as American Camp Association guidelines. Prior to camp starting our staff spend nearly two weeks in an intensive staff training period in which they learn how to integrate the Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation concepts and vocabulary into their work with our campers. Staff additionally receive training in CPI (Crisis Prevention) with a focus on reading body language, para-verbal and non-verbal cues and helping campers to build frustration tolerance.
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Meet Our Director: Brian Lux
Brian is an Eagle Scout and Certified Master Naturalist who has two decades of camp leadership experience working with exceptional populations focusing on social and life skills curriculum. Brian holds a Master's degree in inquiry-based education, with licensure in K-12 gifted and certification in Mental Health First Aid, as a Crisis Prevention Instructor, and is a National Camping School graduate. Brian has presented papers at the two most recent World Gifted Conferences (most recently in Denmark) and at the Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities. He has also led several sessions relating to best practices on ADHD populations for the American Camping Association Tri-State conference.
Brian additionally serves as a long standing CASA (court appointed special advocate for children), advocating for youth in difficult home environments. He serves as the training director on an volunteer Master Naturalist board and served as the Founding Director of the National Park Educational Institute for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Brian enjoys working with exceptional populations, especially in a camp setting. He believes in the transformative experience that summer camp can provide for all children and especially for children in need of social skill development. In his free time, he enjoys international travel and time spent connecting with nature domestically and internationally.