Meet Our Director: Brian Lux
Brian is an Eagle Scout, National Camping School Graduate 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. He is currently licensed in K-12 Gifted Education and grades 4-8 general education with endorsements in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies. He holds credentials in Mental Health First Aid, Wilderness First Aid and as a certified Crisis Prevention Instructor building upon a background in advanced life support Emergency Medicine. Brian has presented papers at two World Gifted Conferences (most recently in Denmark) and at the Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities as well as numerous local and regional events. He has also led several sessions relating to best practices on exceptional populations for the American Camping Association Tri-State conference. He serves as a reviewer for manuscripts submitted to The Teacher Educators' Journal . His articles on giftedness, frustration tolerance and the twice exceptional (2e) mind have been seen in a variety of print and online venues.
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 as well as a Medicaid Waiver Service Supervisor on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Brian enjoys making profound and meaningful differences 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 kids with nature domestically and internationally.
As former campers and camp counselors, our leadership team is adept at identifying qualities that 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. This is why we certify our leadership team in Crisis Prevention and spend two weeks of training dedicated to making sure that those working with our Camp Sequoia family have the knowledge, skills and ability to make a difference in camper lives.
About our Team
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 exceptional children. Our staff are the key to creating a fantastic summer for our campers. Our ratio of staff to campers is 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. In 2017, we received interest from over 300 staff applicants to be part of our exceptional team. In practical terms, this means that in 2017, Camp Sequoia hired roughly 1 out of every 15 NEW staff applicants who expressed interest in working with us.
Camp Sequoia staff members are carefully screened and must go through multiple 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 Social Cognitive theory, Frustration Tolerance 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 to situations that they perceive as difficult. Further, all staff complete online training modules and an in person assessment of those prior to working with our campers.
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