Staff Development Opportunities for Camp and After School

Staff Development Opportunities for Camp and Afterschool

Camp is a state of mind — one that requires a constant commitment to both innovation and excellence. And that commitment doesn’t simply conclude at the evening’s end during the school year or when the last of the summer campers pack up and are picked up by their parents.

Months of careful planning contribute to the success of each camp cycle. Like a successful theater production, a winning camp requires a complete cast onstage plus many hands working behind the scenes.  Continue reading

Using Facebook Groups to Engage Parents

Using Facebook Groups to Engage Parents

Part of the beauty of camps and after-school classes is the freedom they provide — a chance for kids to learn and cultivate activities in their own space (and maybe the same goes for parents).

Still, it’s important for parents to stay engaged in the programs their kiddos are involved in, and Facebook groups are a trending way to do just that. By joining a Facebook group, you’re joining an active community of program coordinators and other parents who are facilitating a conversation about news, updates, and ongoings in the organization that matters to you.  Continue reading

Summer Camp Review: Analyze and Adapt

Summer Camp Review: Analyze and Adapt

With summertime programs wrapping up, it’s time to comb through the data to determine what worked and what didn’t. Analyzing how your programs performed will help you plan for next year and give you a leg up on your competition. Try these tips for conducting a thorough summer camp review to help put yourself in the best position for next summer. Continue reading

How to Calculate your Summer Camp’s Return on Investment

How to Calculate Your Summer Camp's Return on Investment

Summer learning is invaluable1 to children, and it can be difficult to put a hard number on what a camp is worth to participants. However, calculating your camp’s value based on its income and costs is an important part of keeping a summer camp running. As a camp professional you know that calculating your return on investment (ROI) provides valuable insight into what’s working and what’s not. Continue reading

Fresh Fundraising Ideas for Afterschool Programs

Fundraising for afterschool ideas

Public funding for afterschool programs is at historic lows 1,with just 47% of K-12 spending nationally comes from state funding. While Congress recently approved $1.2B in funding for this fiscal year— an increase that will help schools provide homework assistance, meals and enrichment activities across the country – afterschool programs continue to be wary about their funding in the future.  Continue reading

Top Activity Trends for Camp and Classes from ACTIVEkids.com

Top Kids Activities for Camps and Classes

Let’s be honest – filling every minute of your programs for a whole season can be a daunting task. It’s especially challenging when you’re trying to coordinate multiple schedules at once, or if you have varying durations of time you need to be filled. Nobody wants a room full of bored, restless kids so we asked our experts over at ACTIVEKids what you can do to fill up the free time in your camp or class. Here are their top kids’ activities for 2018:

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Set Your Camp Apart With MESH Check-Ins

How Do You Feel? Set Your Camp Apart with MESH Check Ins

By the time camp is in full-swing, it’s easy to let things slide, especially if your programs are running well. But it’s important not to get complacent or too busy to take care of what matters most—yourself. It’s the perfect time to do a mental, emotional and social health (MESH) assessment for your camp counselors and leadership team. Checking in with your staff are in these aspects of their lives can help prevent unforeseen issues and can help your team sail through to the end of the season.  Continue reading

The Ultimate Social Media Plan for Camps & Classes

Build a social media strategy for your camp or afterschool program

Here on the Let’s Talk Camp blog, we’ve explored the benefits of live video and podcasts, as well as connecting with Generation Z. We’ve also provided tips for identifying and utilizing social influencers and creating timely communications to share with current and potential participants. Each of these smart strategies can help grow your camp, class or after-school program, and they’re all powered, in large part, by social media.  Continue reading

7 Management Time-Savers for Summer Camp Directors

Time Management for Summer Camp Counselors and Directors

You’re in the midst of your camp’s busiest season, staring down a long laundry list of things to do each day. Campers to check in, programming to oversee and staff to manage are just the tip of the iceberg. Any opportunity to streamline and save precious minutes is welcome this time of year. Read on for a few camp director tips and tricks to save camp directors time and energy to boot! Continue reading