Category Archives: Blast From The Past

A Basket Full of Ideas

Every month, I compile an e-newsletter and invite camp directors to submit information to be included in the publication. It’s seen as an honor for their ideas to be used, so I thought I would share some programming tips with the readers of Camp Business. Hope it helps add creativity and fresh ideas to every camp lineup! T-Shirt Mining “Several years ago I was cleaning out my closet and pulled out a couple dozen old campT-shirts, most dating back from … Continue reading

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Staff Continuum

In 2006, 87 percent of YMCA Camp Ernst’s staff had once been campers themselves or were returning staff. According to the American Camping Association (ACA), the national average for return staff rate is only 40 to 50 percent. How does Camp Ernst grow its own staff and keep members coming back? Easy! By taking the same progressive achievement program you probably already use for your campers and applying it to the staff. Progressive Achievement Programs “Camper, Adventurer, Mountaineer, Pioneer, Ernst … Continue reading

Posted in Blast From The Past, Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Issues, May/Jun 07, Programming, Staff Training, Writers | Leave a comment

Camp Songwriting 101

So, you want to write a fun, exciting, catchy and cool camp song eh! Well, you’ve picked the right article. Welcome to camp songwriting 101. My name is Professor Jason Taylor and I will be your host today for this informative session. Please turn to page 23 of your songwriting manual. Ummm, actually I’m not a professor. But I am a songwriter. And if you stick around I’ll share some of the tricks of the trade. Related Article: Camp Rocks … Continue reading

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Take Charge

Whenever you say yes to a new job in camping you inherit the good and bad of a camp’s three main components — staff, facility and traditions. Each one of these three components can make or break a new director. All camps have a story and how you add your chapter to that camp’s history book can go many ways, and a lot of that depends on the situation and the condition of the camp when you come on board. … Continue reading

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