Welcome to 2017!
For most of us, a new year involves a look back at the wins, losses and learnings of the previous year. So, we thought we’d look back at yesteryear, cull through some of your peers’ best advice and present you with the top picks. These resources cover staff development, leadership, marketing, and all things camp:
Author: James Davis, Go Camp Pro
While camp staffers are in the trenches every day with campers, counselors, and activities, you need to know what’s working and not working. This blogpost helps keep those communication lines open with a cool staff training activity+debrief from Go Camp Pro.
Are YOU approachable to your staff?
There are lots of ways to motivate kids to behave appropriately, and the options can be complex. Camping Magazine unpacks 10 different responses to negative behavior, from reinforcing and reprimanding (positive) to rescuing and bribing (negative).
What are YOUR best responses to inappropriate behavior at camp?
It’s the best and the worst of camp – constant togetherness. This CampHacker blogpost gives training ideas and activities to help staffers buy in 1) to the camp mission (It’s not ‘kids’ who are at stake. It’s Camille. And Nick. And Sean. Real human beings …”) and 2) to each other (“Removing the barriers for new staff and veteran staff to interact is key.”)
How do YOU stave off “staff drama”?
Author: Anne Archer Yetsko, American Camps Association
You know better than anyone why camp matters. You’ve made camp your life, after all. But the American Camp Association put together a great list of succinct reminders about the benefits of camp – particularly useful if you’re marketing to middle schoolers and their parents.
Why do YOU think middle-schoolers need camp?
Author: Doug Ridley, Campfire Marketing
When you’re marketing with social media, a content calendar can help ease that constant feeling that you need to be posting something new. As you look toward the new year, consider mapping out your posts. Here are a few content ideas.
What’s next for YOUR social media calendar?
The title of this poster says it all. This list puts legs on the most important values of working with campers (or, anyone, for that matter) – like respecting others, being kind, keeping promises, showing you care, using good judgment, and being mindful. We recommend it for pinning, posting, sharing, or laminating. (You’ll need a Pinterest account to copy it.)
What do YOU want staffers to remember most?
May 2017 be your best year of camp yet!