Category Archives: Programming

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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No Props—No Problem

Let partners take turns being in the driver's seat during the Trust Drive. 
Photos Courtesy Jim Cain

For those moments when you have plenty of time and space, but absolutely no equipment, here are four activities to help create something wonderful. The Invisible Obstacle Course This warm-up activity is half-creativity and half-physical fitness. Each small group creates an imaginary obstacle course, with group members crawling, jumping, running, and helping each other through the obstacles they encounter. A volunteer in each group begins the activity. After each element, leadership changes, and another member describes an obstacle, and then … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Jul/Aug 2013, Programming | Leave a comment

Outdoor Education Programs

Photos Courtesy Brian Thomas, Plano Texas schools

Sometimes known as outdoor school, school camping, outdoor education, or environmental education, a Residential Outdoor Environmental Education (ROEE) program is not summer camp, and it’s not school; it’s the best of both. In general, ROEE programs are longer field trips for school groups. The majority of the programs serve 5th and 6th graders, but most programs work with any age. Usually, camps and retreat centers contract with schools to provide classes that fit into a basic schedule; the classes are … Continue reading

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From Pop Culture To Camp Culture


Where else but at camp can one dress up as a favorite character and become part of an amazing event or story in a caring and safe environment? These types of activities and the use of one’s imagination are important parts of childhood, critical to development, which may often become lost in the hustle of modern times. The contemporary world is immersed in screens of all types: iPods, laptops, tablets, computers, TVs, phones, and even cinema. One bonus of attending … Continue reading

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Staffing Your Camp The Easy Way (Kind Of)

Tired of fighting for camp staff? Try growing your own.

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“Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” – Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox Staffing our summer camp used to be a fierce, fierce competition. We would battle with other local camps when we added our booth to the line at the local college fair. We would battle camps … Continue reading

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