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
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:
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
How well do your programs reflect cultural diversity? The results of ACTIVE’s Parent and Director Diversity survey show a significant gap in minority children’s participation in camps and other activities – and household income is a direct factor. Continue reading
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
Congratulations on another summer season in the books!
As you wrap up your sessions, you’ve probably thought of things you want to do differently next year (after taking a well-deserved break!). You may have gotten critical feedback from parents in particular areas, a tepid response from kids in others, or a gut feeling about certain encounters or activities. Continue reading
As our nation’s birthday approaches next week, most of us are ready for a real celebration in these troubled times—or maybe a celebration of something real. Something more than a backyard barbecue and a day off work. Continue reading
For many business owners, Google Analytics is one of those technical terms that hovers out there, intimidatingly. It’s something you know you should be keeping up with better—like flossing or meditating—but it’s easier just to avoid it altogether.
But waiting has its pitfalls. Check out our 3 reasons not to wait any longer. Continue reading
Much of the world is going on Spring Break this month, and even if this cultural phenomenon doesn’t apply to you, it doesn’t mean you don’t need it! Did you at least honor last weekend’s National Day of Unplugging? A thousand brownie points to you if you did!
Unplugging is a difficult practice for anyone, but especially for business owners. The fact that you’re a business owner (and a kids activity organizer) actually means you need it even more. Continue reading
In honor of Valentine’s Day and camp directors, staff, counselors and attendees everywhere, we’re spending Valentine’s week sharing love stories that started at camp. Long-distance romance is a common theme in camp relationships. And, as you’ll see, when it’s time for a wedding, camp is often the perfect place to make it official.
We asked couples who’d met at camp to tell us why they think camp is a great place to meet a life partner and how camp itself helped seal the deal. We think you’ll find these stories as heartwarming as we do. Continue reading