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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why are my volunteers leaving?

This is a question that is rarely asked out loud.  We fear this question will be followed by even less desirable questions like: Why aren’t you working harder to keep them? Why don’t they think your campsite is worth it? What are you doing wrong? Why don’t they feel valued? Who’s to be blame? So the […]

Training: Volunteers

These training articles will look a little different from previous ones.  That’s because no explanation needs to given as to why training is important. We know it is. So let’s get to the meat of it:  Tips to help with training volunteers. Make training standard.  Some campsites do that already, and reap the benefits of […]

How to: Run a Meeting

The first step in running a meeting is do decide whether you actually need one.  Go here for some tips in deciding that. After you’ve decided a meeting is necessary, there are a few key concepts to remember when planning and running it. Let people know ASAP.  Give as much notice as possible so people […]