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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]