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Getting to Know You: 20 Questions to Start Great Staff Conversations

The beginning of summer means the start of of another camping season and a fresh crop of camp staff. Whether the majority of your leaders are previous employees or new hires, creating a cohesive, bonded staff unit makes for a stellar camping season. Giving staff time to get to know each other can pay dividends by developing trust and a collegiality that strengthens over the course of the camping season. Make conversation between staff more meaningful by bypassing the usual “Hi, my … Continue reading

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This Is A Real Job, These Aren’t Pretend Kids

Validate and elevate the way staff members view their job.

Why is it still that I am leery to tell my relatives that I have chosen a career in camping? I presented my many summers at camp to them as a way to let loose and be silly between college semesters, a chance to live on a lake and make great friends. All of these things are true, but we need to validate and recognize the work and the importance that makes a summer camp counselor different from the ride attendant … Continue reading

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Role Reversal

Students find themselves at camp.

As soon as I discovered my school was taking a three-day camping field trip, I signed up as chaperone. Never mind that I knew very few of the kids attending and that I hadn’t been a cabin counselor in at least 15 years. This was camp. The worst day of camp is always better than the best day of school, and I took it as my mission to instill this value into my very energetic group of 11- and 12-year-olds. On … Continue reading

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Standing Out

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My 9-year-old son, Sava, took a field trip to the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, with his class on Monday. Like any good parent, I asked him what he learned. “I’m the only kid without a smartphone” was his reply. Interesting civics lesson. Sava went on to describe the one-hour bus ride from Exeter to the state capital. “Everyone pulled out their smartphones and started playing games. All I had was the iPod Shuffle that Grandma gave me.” (What … Continue reading

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10 Summer Camp Professionals to Follow On Twitter

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In my last piece for the Week-Ender, I provided a basic guide to maximizing your Twitter time. Now, to expand your Twitter social circle, this post features ten popular, camp-related Twitter accounts to follow. Consider checking out their followers as well–the real value of Twitter is the multiple channels and opportunities for interaction. @CampBusiness The Twitter account of Camp Business magazine, updated daily with links to articles and blog posts covering the business of summer camps and all it encompasses. … Continue reading

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