10 Tips for Staff Training

Give good tours.  You want your staff to feel comfortable with where they are working, both because it will help them to feel like they belong and because it will make them more willing to ask questions. Create detailed job descriptions.  Your staff should know the basics of what is expected of them just by […]

Capture the Flag Variations

Capture the Flag is one of the games most identified as belonging at camp.  Many campers look forward to playing some variation as the high point of their time at camp. Camps are also one of the few places capture the flag can actually be played on the kind of large scale it was intended […]

15 Kid Friendly Foods

Kid friendly foods can be challenging, especially when you want your menu to have variety and be nutritious.  But there are a few tried and true food options that every campsite should add to their menus to make them more kid friendly.  Think of others?  Add them to the comments so everyone can benefit! Breakfast: […]

Hospitality 310: Small Details

Good hospitality is the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to maximize your campsite’s potential and keep it running at a profit (or at least not at a deficit). Hospitality is first and foremost about making people feel valued (read The 3 Needs for more information on what that’s so important).  After your camp has […]

The Dark Side of Teambuilding Activities

Teambuilding activities of every variety can be found in hundreds of locations on the internet.  Some of these activities really are very helpful, some aren’t useful at all, and others are somewhere in the middle.  The problem for camp staff isn’t in finding activities to do; the problem is discerning which activities are going to […]

The Best and Worst in Conferences

As camp professionals, attending conferences of all sorts is a requirement.  Some are better than others.  But hosting conferences of all types is also expected.  Use your personal experiences attending conferences to better understand how to plan them.  This is a great way to make even the worst conference experience into a positive learning opportunity.  Here […]

The Advertising Funnel

The advertising funnel is a tool used by non-profit and for-profit organizations and corporations around the world.  It is a fairly simple and straightforward philosophy on how to maximize advertising potential.  The basic idea is to start with a wide advertising scope and slowly narrow it down. The advertising worksheet available here only has three […]

2nd Year Staff Training

Summer staff training for 2nd years should look different  from training for new staff. Usually it doesn’t. Creating a schedule for two different groups of people is difficult (and planning training is hard enough), and there’s also the issue of staff bonding.  The time staff spend together during training is vital in creating good working […]

Tours

Giving out tours is likely an almost daily occurrence at your campsite.  You not only have campers and their parents wanting tours, but you have donors and community members.  New staff and volunteers need more extensive tours, and board members like the occasional tour as something changes.  All of these people are important to your […]

Interesting Advertising that Works

As a general rule, campsites understand how to advertise.  They know how to create brochures, posters, and newsletters.  They understand the importance of visiting churches and schools and having conversations with key people in the community.  But often times these forms of advertising aren’t enough to maximize potential. Dipping into other advertising sources can be […]