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
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
Kids arrive at camp all smiles and excitement, their bags packed neatly with clothes, swimsuits, shoes, socks and toothbrushes. Throughout the session, however, a few “uh, oh” moments may spoil the fun. Now is the time to remind your participants about a few frequently forgotten summer camp essentials to add to their packing lists. Check out our handy list below, and you may even choose to share it via email or social media. Parents will thank you, and the kids will, too! Continue reading
Bullying is no longer an issue in the shadows, discussed only in whispers and often dismissed as minor child’s play. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in every five students reported being bullied in 2016. Whether bullying occurs in-person or online, victims across all demographics can be targeted in wide-ranging, and often extremely cruel, ways. Continue reading
Parents who grew up going to camp every summer are likely aware of the benefits those experiences provided. But what if they didn’t?
The pre-summer weeks are a great time to emphasize the positive effect your camp can have on kids’ minds and physical health. Plus, a well-timed email can spur a decision if parents or kids are still on the fence, filling last-minute vacancies in your sessions. Continue reading
The days are getting longer and temperatures are rising. Summer is almost here, and so is your camp’s busiest time of the year. Are you ready? This handy checklist will help ACTIVE Works® Camp & Class Manager users get summer-ready in a few key steps. Let’s get started! Continue reading
The 2018 Tri-State Camp Conference, hosted by the American Camp Association of New York & New Jersey, took place March 19-22 in Atlantic City. Representing the world’s largest gathering of camp professionals, some 3,000 attendees came together this year to share insights, display products and services and connect with colleagues in the camp industry. Continue reading
For an outgoing child, summer camp opens them up to an exciting new world of people and experiences. For shy kids, however, the prospect of adjusting to a new environment while trying new activities and attempting to make new friends can be quite overwhelming. Continue reading
The 2018 American Camp Association (ACA) National Conference took place February 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. The event brings together over 11,000 professionals in the camp and after-school industry to learn new skills and share their experiences in forming the minds and lives of young people across the country.
This year, ACTIVE Network’s Camarin Wanamaker, Digital Marketing Consultant, was a featured speaker at ACA. With more than a decade of camps and classes experience at ACTIVE, she has great insight into the market. We caught up with Camarin to get a few of the major takeaways from her presentation, “Kids Today.” Continue reading
Defined as the generation born from the mid-1990s into the recent 2000s, Generation Z is coming into its own. These kids and teens have never lived in a world without the internet, and they incorporate technology and digital access seamlessly into their lives. Continue reading