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The Top Six Things I’m Doing Today to Prepare for Summer 2014

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”—Elbert Hubbard “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell Here’s a quick rundown of the six things I’m doing today to prepare for summer 2014. With the Parents: 1)  Evaluating. We’re busy looking at camper numbers.  No, not the new campers, the returning campers.  It’s my belief that retention is the key sign of a healthy camp.  In my organization (YMCA) 55% is … Continue reading

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Take the Pizza Test

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There’s Just No Limit to Kindness The tastiest mouthful of any pizza is the first bite of the first slice. You’re hungry. You’ve been anticipating that mouthwatering goodness for an hour or more. Your taste buds are eager and alive. All this perfect pre-pizza preparation transforms ordinary melted mozzarella and pedestrian pepperoni into a sumptuous symphony of gustatory glory. O.K., it’s not exactly the 4th of July in your mouth, but that first bite of a well-made pizza is pretty … Continue reading

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Pin It! 7 Ways To Use Pinterest For Camp

Make use of Pinterest, the online bulletin board.
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If you think Pinterest–the social media offering that brings the web to life via virtual corkboards customized with “pins” (graphics, illustrations, and images pulled straight from the web)–is just another way to waste minutes in a day, you are partially correct. Make use of Pinterest, the online bulletin board. Like Twitter, Pinterest allows users to follow others as well as follow specific boards of interest. And like Facebook, a simple click is all it takes to like a pin. But … Continue reading

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The Who, What and How Guide to Twitter

Since there are more tasks to complete in a day than there are minutes, making the most of the time you do have becomes increasingly important. Multi-tasking has become so commonplace in the office, so why shouldn’t social media do more as well? Whether your tweets reach thousands of followers or you just signed up for an @ user name, use these suggestions to guide your Twitter time. Who: Using the List Feature Watching Twitter conversations rapidly scroll by is … Continue reading

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Do you fill your camp beds every year?

Some camps fill every year.  Does yours? 
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This is a particularly important question to many of us at this time of year. We are checking the numbers. We are looking at retention compared to first-timers. We are sending out our last-minute pushes and promotions. We are, in fact, asking the question, “Will our camp fill”? If your answer is yes, then “good-on-ya” as my friends from Australia say. Keep up the good work. Filling camp is just the start. Keeping people safe, connected, and coming back is the key. If … Continue reading

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