Category Archives: Traditional Programs

What Are You Talking About?

At YMCA Camp Kern, I believe, the success of our camp is directly tied to how aggressively and effectively we network. I think of networking in two ways: 1. Local networking – your community and camp families 2. National networking – your peers and colleagues across the country/world Both are important. Both are learned behaviors. Why Network Locally? One of the most common questions camp directors ask is, “How do I network locally?” But, a better question is, “Why is … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, May/Jun 06, Technology + Marketing, Traditional Programs | Leave a comment

Out in Front

So the summer is coming to a close and all most people want to think about is well-deserved rest and relaxation… Heck, maybe even get to bed before 10 p.m. for the first time in 12 weeks! True, much needed, and well deserved! But consider hanging on for one or two more weeks to ensure a brighter future a year from now. Camper recruitment is a process that is year-round, but very important steps can be taken during the summer … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Dec 05, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Technology + Marketing, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Flow & Tell

There’s a lot of talk in business about “creating ownership”. In our case, that means giving our parents and campers a sense of ownership through their involvement and assistance with camp operations and planning. Through a few simple practices a camp director can gain information which will help guide their program to greater success. This information from parents and campers can prevent a tunnel-vision approach to the development of the camp program that misses out on opportunities of growth and … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Programming, Sep 05, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Beyond Summer

How many times have you told people that you are summer director and then been asked what do you do the rest of the year? I have had that experience countless times. Some camps are seasonal and take a year to prepare for, while others operate year round. So what programming should or do you do year-round? There are a couple of guidelines that directors should follow if they choose to run year round programming. First, only do something well. … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Jun 05, Programming, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Dream to Reality

One of the great loves of a camp director is planning for the future in programming and facility development. I have always advised camp directors to make lists and goal sheets and to grow your program with your facility. Recently, I have had two experiences that have helped clarify for me the right way to plan the future of a facility and the camp. Participating as a camping consultant I watched one camp go through its master planning process, and … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, May 05, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment