Think: 4 Mindsets
Act: 6 RECIPE Skills
Be: 3 Character Traits
Research shows that how you think affects how you act. Below are the four mindsets we encourage children to develop. These “I” statements are examples of the ways we encourage campers and staff to embody and practice each mindset.
I believe intelligence can be developed.
I embrace challenges.
I persist in the face of setbacks.
I understand that my actions and words ripple to all those around me.
I make time to connect with people by whatever means available (whether that be over phone, through Zoom, or from six feet away).
I am curious about others who are different from me.
I practice being fully engaged and present in the moment.
I observe my thoughts, emotions, and body with curiosity.
I am compassionate with myself and others.
I creatively use my resources and adapt to constraints.
I appreciate failure as a natural process of learning.
I use my curiosity to drive my learning.
We intentionally design all of our programs to provide kids the opportunity to practice our six EDMO® RECIPE skills:
Responsibility. Honor your commitments and faithfully complete tasks related to your role in a community.
Empathy. Treat others with acceptance, understanding, and a sensitivity to their diverse perspectives and experiences.
Collaboration. Work with others towards a common goal or action.Initiative. Take action, stay motivated, and persevere through challenges.
Initiative. Define a problem, propose solutions, test those solutions, and adapt accordingly.
Problem-solving. Define a problem, propose solutions, test those solutions, and adapt accordingly.
Emotion Management. Be aware of and manage both positive and challenging emotions in a healthy way.
As kids practice SEL skills regularly and build their emotional quotient (EQ), they become more curious, courageous and kind – the universal character traits that research shows are highly predictive of high achievement and life satisfaction…i.e. happy grown-ups.
How do curiosity, courage, and kindness work to make us better, healthier, happier humans?
Curiosity. When our curiosity is piqued, our brain releases a chemical called dopamine which makes us feel good. Our hippocampus is also activated, which helps us form memories. This means that curious kids remember more and want to learn more. Studies have also shown that when we express curiosity in others, we build closer relationships with healthier boundaries.
Courage. Treat others with acceptance, understanding, and a sensitivity to their diverse perspectives and experiences.
Kindness. At its core, courage is the willingness to act in the face of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. It is a cognitive ability that can be trained. Our campers practice staying emotionally present and mindful, especially during challenging situations. That way, their actions reflect positive character traits rather than negative instincts, while building grit at the same time.
The EDMO Vibe Game: The EDMO Method in Action
Our Vibe Game is undergoing some updates for the 2022 season. Check back this Spring to see what magic is in store!.
Other ways we incorporate SEL
It doesn’t just stop at the EDMO Method! From daily “snaps” (our own special way of showing gratitude) to team time and intentional team member development, SEL is woven through every fiber of our being.