Begin with the End

Once the staff has been in the trenches of the camp experience, memories fade about critical mistakes, brilliant saves, and even typographical errors that were part of registration. Documenting events as they happen can be a powerful tool for improvement of the camp experience.

By beginning with the ideal end in mind, identifying the necessary action components, and creating a master timeline, camp preparation becomes an exercise in living your dream camp. Ideally, this can be an exercise that the entire camp staff could complete.

Not only does this approach to preparation mobilize the energies necessary for a truly great camp, but it also instills a sense of professionalism in all who participate in creating this vision.

John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coaching great, once said, “Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

When you prepare by “beginning with the end in mind” you have embarked on the great journey that can give your camp the chance of being its best.

Dr. Susan Langlois has more than 20 years of experience as a college professor, athletic administrator, camp director and sport facilities consultant. Her undergraduate education was at the University of New Hampshire in physical education. She earned her Master’s and doctoral degrees from Springfield College. She is active in several professional organizations including NASSM, AAHPERD, ISCHPER, AAUP, NACWAA.

Sharman Hayward has directed sports camps at every developmental level, and has coached intercollegiate field hockey and lacrosse for ten years. Sharman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colby-Sawyer College and has a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College. Sharman currently serves as Associate Director of Athletics at Endicott College.

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