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 […]

A Merry Staff Christmas

Christmas is a great time to work at a campsite, especially campsites that are lucky enough to enjoy the snow.  Camps do a great job of allowing staff plenty of time off to be with their families over the holidays, and the laid-back vibe of many campsites helps people to get in the Christmas spirit. […]

Staff Tension: Some Guidelines

Alright.  Staff tension happens. We don’t always agree with each other, and sometimes we show it.  Especially during the stressful times, we can have a lot of difficulty working well with certain people.  This is a natural part of being one person in a group of other people; we think differently and work differently, and […]

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 […]

How to Deal with Homesickness

This is a problem every campsite has to deal with; even day camps can be required to deal wit homesickness in some form.  Campers are excited and eager to get some independence and take part in all the adventures camps can provide.  During times of high energy campers do fine, but when nighttime or more […]

Summer Wrap-Up Saying Goodbye to Summer

By the time summer comes to a close, camp staff are both weary and disappointed.  They are weary of the long hours and emotional drain, but they are disappointed that the job is ending and they have to return to new places or, for year-round staff, new responsibilities.  Staff look forward to more sleep, time […]

Productivity: Stress

Stress can reduce productivity and is also incredibly harmful to your health.   The best way to limit stress is to get rid of stressors; that is pretty much impossible in a camp setting.  Last minute problems come up, emergencies happen, and you need to be available pretty much every moment of the day.  Since we […]

Productivity: Nutrition

Let’s be honest; campsites are generally not known for their healthy food.  And, for the most part, that’s probably okay; your campers are not eating your food as part of a regular diet.  But for the long term, nutrition is of incredible importance to staff productivity. Nutrition directly affects stamina, energy, clarity, and focus. If […]

Productivity: Hours

Knowing how to use work hours well is probably the most important part of increasing productivity.  And along with that is understanding that all hours are not the same.  What does that mean?  Here are a few facts to illustrate this point: People are most able to focus and learn new things from 9am-12pm. The […]

Productivity: Office Space

For the next few weeks, the topic is going to be productivity.  Your staff works hard, you work hard, and you want to have something to show for all that work in the end.  The topics covered in this Productivity series will help your hard work yield even greater results. Today’s productivity tip has to […]