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 […]

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 […]

Internship Programs: What they Aren’t

As more colleges and universities require real-life experiences, camps are getting on board by offering internship programs to college students and recent graduates.  Summer and year-round internship programs are incredible opportunities for campsites to gain personnel resources.  They also provide a chance for campsites to train the next generation in campsite work. But internship programs […]

Last Minute Problems

Camps deal with pretty much any situation you can think of, and last minute issues pop up quite often.  An activity doesn’t work out, a shipment comes in late, a staff member gets sick. Whenever these problems come up, staff are expected to drop everything and fix it.  Often, you get calls during off hours and even […]

Training: Full-time Staff

Training full-time staff can be a delicate process. Particularly if they’ve been working with your campsite for a while. Here’s just a few tips to help that process along: Train Immediately This is no different than training for volunteers and summer staff.  You want your staff’s first interactions with your campsite and their job to […]