Don’t Forget To Ask For Help

Even though I have been in summer camp and youth development work for 20 years now, I am fully aware that I don’t have all the answers. I know for some people this can be a difficult admission, but if you spend any time with me, you know I can be full of opinions, but not full of answers. Luckily, I am not afraid to ask for help. Here are some things that I have asked for help, feedback and …


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3 comments on “Don’t Forget To Ask For Help

  1. George Loney on said:

    Appreciate Dave Bell’s article, “Don’t Forget To Ask For Help”. A real encouragement to me as I have sought to practice what he has put into words for many years … which I never seem able to do. So, thanks for your insight, Dave, and help.

  2. Art Harrison / Camp Consultant on said:


    Enjoyed your “Don’t Forget ——” !!!
    Somewhere in your camp history files you may find a set of master plans with my name on, created many years ago for Camp Orkila (’70) !!! I also did plans for Camp Reed (’78): Longview Center (’80); Camp Seymour (’70); and Camp Collins (’70) and, 16 other non-profit organization camps in Washington and Oregon, between !970 and 1992 !!!

    I’m just enjoying my 85th birthday; have my professional license and still practice in the camp consulting business !!! Hope you have a great year at Orkila in 2012. I was there when they obtained a surplus military landing craft to transport campers from the mainland !!! Great memories !!!

    Art Harrison / President
    Harrison / Associates, inc
    Camp Planning / Development Consutlant
    714 Airport Road
    Ames, Iowa 50010

  3. Janine on said:

    Interesting read – thanks Dave!
    Seeing as we’re on the topic of asking for help… Did you manage to get any good advice on this topic: “Drafting a policy for on-site housing for year-round camp employees”?
    We are going to start building on-site housing for our permanent staff and counselors and I have already been racking my brain thinking of what kinds of rules and policies would need to be in place before staff can be assigned their houses.
    I think asking for help – especially in our field – is something that many people don’t do often enough. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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