Category Archives: Gary Forster

In Search of a Better Bunk Bed

First, I’m going to guess that it’s been quite a while since you’ve slept in one of the old camp bunk beds. If you had, they’d be a higher priority. Second, I’ll bet your bunk beds are a pain in the neck (and back). Worst case, they’re old, metal, army-style cots that sag in the middle, squeak all night, and don’t have safety guardrails. Maybe they’re made of wood, but even then they have four posts on the floor that … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff … And Getting It Done Before Summer

Quick! What are the most important tasks your facility crew, program staff, administration and foodservice must accomplish before this summer? I’ll make you a safe bet–you won’t get them all done. The complete success of your camp this year depends not so much on what you put on your list, but what things you actually accomplish. You have limited resources, the most limited being time and money. How do you set priorities? What should you put on the top of … Continue reading

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The Elevator Speech

You meet a parent in line at the grocery store, and you’re wearing a camp shirt. You’re at a friend’s house for dinner, and a couple you’ve just met says, “So I hear you run a camp!” You overhear your part-time receptionist butcher your camp mission on the phone, and you offer to “take that call” for her. Dozens of times each week, we have a chance to tell a potential customer why our camp could be the most important … Continue reading

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Building A Camp That Builds Friendships

We spend way too much time keeping campers busy in activities. Not that having new stuff every year isn’t valuable, or making camp “fun” isn’t a worthy goal. But, by themselves neither will bring your campers back. “Fun,” as it turns out, is a commodity like milk. Kids can get it from a lot of different places and one “fun” can be pretty much like another. “Blasphemy!” you say. “Our evaluation forms all say kids love the fun at our … Continue reading

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“It’s the Story, Stupid”

When summer is over, some of your campers will ask their parents to sign them up again for next year’s session. And some of them won’t. What’s the difference? Some parents tell all of the friends about your camps, and others don’t. Why? It’s easy if it’s because the kids just didn’t like your camp, or their parents were put-off by your staff being unprofessional or your bathrooms being filthy. But if not that, what? Did you see any of … Continue reading

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