Category Archives: Dr. Susan Langlois

Top Programming Ideas 2006

Great ideas for the New Year of programming, from directors nationwide. It’s hard to believe it’s already 2006… but it is. And what better time to regroup and plan next year’s programs. Whether it’s an involved program, or one that’s a simple icebreaker, our hope is that you’ll glean something practical to use from our annual Programming Ideas feature that will help round out your programming or add that something extra to help with retention and recruitment. Our contributors, representing … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Craft Projects, Departments, Dr. Susan Langlois, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Issues, Jan 06, Programming, Silvana Clark | Leave a comment

On Deck & Beyond

Achieving a cost-effective and successful pool environment needs to be predicated on a pool deck and surrounding facility that is “built right” on the first try. There is nothing more discouraging than investing in the construction of a new pool deck area only to find it riddled with maintenance headaches, high repair costs, or seeing it contribute to camper behavior problems. How to Avoid Design Mistakes 1. One of the most common (and costly) mistakes in pool deck designs is … Continue reading

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Camper Recruitment

Successful camp business owners understand the value of building a strong and loyal base of customers. Building positive relationships with campers, parents, vendors, and even the businesses in your local community is at the heart of 21st Century marketing. Related Article: Anatomy of a Great Newsletter The evidence to support this approach has compelled the American Marketing Association to actually redefine their official definition of marketing. Here is what the marketing experts believe: “Marketing is an organizational function and a … Continue reading

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High Adventure

Are hiking, camping and wilderness activities worth the investment for a camp business owner? When you consider all the moves it takes to build a high-quality activity for your campers and the risk that needs to be managed because most of these activities require leaving the camp premises, it is tempting to limit camp programming to what can be accomplished at the camp facilities. However, when you consider the benefits which campers can gain by leaving their comfort zones and … Continue reading

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On Deck & Beyond

Achieving a cost-effective and successful pool environment needs to be predicated on a pool deck and surrounding facility that is “built right” on the first try. There is nothing more discouraging than investing in the construction of a new pool deck area only to find it riddled with maintenance headaches, high repair costs, or seeing it contribute to camper behavior problems. How to Avoid Design Mistakes 1. One of the most common (and costly) mistakes in pool deck designs is … Continue reading

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