How Running a Camp is Like Putting on a Hollywood Production

How Camp is Like a Hollywood Production

If you’ve ever seen a Hollywood blockbuster or a Broadway musical, you’ve witnessed the power of a well-run production to captivate, educate and motivate an audience. And of course, the stars aren’t the only element that makes a great production shine. From producers and managers to sets, lights and costumes, a lot of work has been done both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes to ensure a flawless show. Continue reading

Prevention as a Way of Life in Your Organization

The number one concern of a camp manager or recreation director is safety, full stop. As the digital world becomes as important to managing your organization as the physical assets you own, you have more concerns than ever before.

We believe prevention is the key to a truly safe environment, whether it be your digital assets or your facilities. Here are a few recommendations on being proactive in your safety measures rather than reactive. Continue reading

3 Critical Insights This Theater Nonprofit Learned About Camp Technology

Random Farms Kids’ Theater fits the “upstart” profile to a tee: A teenager started a theater in her parents’ basement in Chappaqua, New York. That was more than 20 years ago. RFKT has since become a widely publicized success, with a long list of actors going on to professional careers on the stage and in TV/film. Continue reading

Get Inspired in 2018 With Our Let’s Talk Kids Ted Talk Playlist

Everybody loves a good TED Talk. And you can find “playlists” all over TED.com with talks focused on particular topics and audiences. As inspiration for 2018, we decided to make a “Let’s Talk Kids” playlist, curated especially for YOU.

This idea required no small amount of digging. As youth leaders in schools, camps and enrichment opportunities, you’re a diverse audience with vast interests. But there’s something for everyone on this list. Check out these “ideas worth spreading,” according to TED. Continue reading

7 Techniques to Calm Upset Kids

Imagine a child who’s frustrated, angry or agitated. Normally, she might throw a tantrum, speak sharply to a friend or sit in sullen rebellion, refusing to participate in the activities around her.

But what if this time, instead of reacting to or internalizing her feelings, she retreats to a quiet corner of the room. She picks up a water bottle full of glitter and shakes it. She breathes slowly, in and out, while watching the glitter slowly settle to the bottom of the bottle. How does this make her feel? Continue reading