Category Archives: Jeff Merhige

Capital Improvements

Everyone has a vision of what will make their camp perfect. Unfortunately, that vision may not jibe with reality (or users’ ideas of a perfect camp), which is why it’s critical to develop a team of disparate people to help you craft a strategic facility improvement plan–a vision, unclouded by emotion, of what your camp needs to indeed become “perfect.” After all, buildings last for decades and leave not only a legacy of accomplishment, but, in some cases, a legacy … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Sep/Oct 07, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Memory Makers

What is the magic of camp? What makes a camp different from another camp? So many camp directors approach this question by saying … traditions. True, traditions are created and repeated; they give history and credibility to our program, but when I ask campers, parents and alumni about their memories of camp, 90 percent of the time they tell me a story about an interaction with a staff member. Some memory of a special moment that stuck with them their … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Insider Access, Issues, Jeff Merhige, May/Jun 07, Programming, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

No Fear

According to camp legend, a neighboring farmer who owned 100 acres abutting our property, hated our camp. Like all legends, it hadn’t always been that way. For the first sixty years, the farmer, his family and Camp Kern had gotten along smashingly well but, about 20 years ago, something happened (nobody could remember exactly what) and from that day forward, things were no longer, shall we say, neighborly. The irony, of course, was that the camp’s strategic plan listed our … Continue reading

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

Summer’s End

The end of summer is really just the beginning of the next one. Or, in other words, the best time to prepare for next year’s season is before the memories and lessons of the current one disappear forever. Hopefully, all camper evaluations are in and accounted for, parent evaluations are probably still trickling in (and will continue for the next few weeks and months) and, if you’re really ahead of the technology curve, the results of your online evaluations have … Continue reading

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

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

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