Staff Exit Interviews: Top Tips

As summer nears its end, the time is coming for transitions and interviews.  Those of you running camps are seeing your summer staff leave.  Those of you in other small businesses are preparing to transition to a smaller staff size, or maybe hiring new people.  No matter what your specific case, as staff leave your […]

Faithfulness is enough for Today

As camp leaders, we are in the constant process of improving our capabilities and growing our skills.  We read magazines like this one and scour online articles hunting for more information that might help us to better organize our campsites and manage staff, volunteers, and donors.  We desire to constantly improve ourselves and better serve […]

Recharging our batteries | Rest

As non-profit staff members, we work in situations where our jobs often directly affect people in powerful ways.  We are in charge of children, adults with special needs, struggling moms and parents, confused teens, and a whole host of other people who are counting on us to be present and work hard.  And because of […]

Technology at Camp | How to interact, or not

The age-old debate over whether to allow campers and staff the use of various forms of technology at camp still hasn’t be settled.  Camps still go back and forth about what to do, and both “sides” of this issue have very good reasons for the choice they eventually make.  I’m not going to get into […]

Instagram for Camps and Small Businesses

If you don’t know it yet, Instagram is the up-and-coming social media to use for brands and businesses.  Instagram used to be a space reserved for interacting with close friends and family, but that is quickly changing.  More and more businesses and brands are looking to harness the visual power of Instagram and are seeing […]

Facebook for Camps and Small Businesses

Using Facebook as a way to advertise your camp or small business is becoming more and more difficult as Facebook continues to change their algorithm, making it harder for people to see the content you post.  Just because someone liked your page doesn’t mean they will see your updates!  But, even though it is more […]

Twitter for Camps and Small Businesses

Twitter is a foreign concept to a lot of smaller businesses.  Many people have misconceptions about what Twitter is used for, and think Twitter is simply a space to tell people what sandwich you ate for lunch.  If that’s how Twitter was used, it wouldn’t be something to consider.  But the truth is, Twitter can […]

Social Media Basics for Small Business

I realize some camps have an issue with technology.  Scratch that.  Many camps.  And other small businesses. It seems to go against the mission and purpose of the place. But hear me out.  Understanding social media basics is an absolute must for almost everyone; yes, even camps!  Why? Businesses need to be where their customers are.  Your […]

Website Options: Responsive Design, HTML 5, Mobile Sites,…BAH!

It is probably safe to say that very, VERY few camping professionals got into their positions with the hopes of spending a good portion of their time updating social media and websites. We are in our jobs for different reasons.  Like kids.  And families.  And leadership potential.  And making memories.  And nature.  And a whole […]

The Winter Blues

As camp staff, we are constantly on the go.  There are always people around, staff needing our help, and campers clamoring for our attention.  We become accustomed to a high energy environment with a lot of bustle and noise.  But then the months of January and February come along, and everything changes.  Though some camps […]