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

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

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

It’s Camp Reporting Time. Do You Know Where Your Numbers Are?

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

6 Ways Kids Activity Directors Can Unplug

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

Boy Meets Girl: Stories of Love at Camp Part 1

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