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Give Pause For Patience

Allow campers the opportunity to participate and make decisions.

Some people think that accessibility for the disabled simply means that a person in a wheelchair has a ramp available.  Yes, ramps are useful and important, but there is much more to being an accessible camp than attaching a ramp onto a building. In fact, I would argue that attitudinal accessibility and barrier-free thinking are the first—and most important—steps in providing a safe and comfortable environment for campers with disabilities. There are many resources available for creating accessible facilities; hundreds … Continue reading

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Secrets For Success

While it may be easy to
train people in skills
such as archery,
training people to think of others can be difficult.
Photos Courtesy Of YMCA Of Arlington, Texas

All kids need a little camp in their lives! The fellowship and joy of the camp experience  must be made available to as many children as possible. Currently, too many children spend too much time looking at TV or other screens, and not enough time with others. Camp involves playing outside in the fresh air and learning to get along with other children. The experience may include swimming, making crafts from items one might never have thought of using, and … Continue reading

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The Effective Marketing System

Be sure to deliver a powerful first impression with your website. 
Photo courtesy © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Elenathewise

There is a a simple process that provides a workable, simplified system to get the word out about your camp… one that should help keep the bunks filled season after season. Each step is designed to build on the previous one. You can ignore any of the steps you don’t feel comfortable using. However, the plan’s effectiveness is based on the idea of building a solid foundation, one brick on top of another. Step One: Initial Contact There are several … Continue reading

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Kitchen Cent$

The most effective camps evaluate budget costs with a return-on-investment mentality. 
Photo courtesy © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Leaf

This time of year is often consumed by projections and deadlines to submit next year’s food budget. Although the numbers may seem enormous, don’t lose sight of the fact that financial success in the kitchen is won or lost by pennies at a time. There are three ways to determine a dining-services budget. The best way is cost-projecting—determining an actual cost per camper and multiplying that figure by the number of expected campers. The next best way is using the … Continue reading

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Evaluating Summer Camps

When it comes to program evaluations, simple, direct questions can yield answers that provide critical information on what the agency is doing well.
Courtesy Of Jill Korsok, Mentor Recreation Department

Now that summer is over, most agencies will breathe a collective sigh, and begin to evaluate which camp programs were successful and which were not. Most agencies examine enrollment numbers and revenue, staffing issues, the effectiveness of cost-control measures, and other issues. But how does an agency know if it has hit the mark with campers? How does it identify effective customer service or ways to be successful in future summers? It is fairly simple to measure revenue against previous … Continue reading

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