Category Archives: Jan 06

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

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A Counselor Runs Through It

In a previous article (Camp Business, October 2005) we talked about how to conduct a behavioral-based job interview. But where do you find your candidates to begin with? Time for me to share some of my own personal dirty laundry… Each year when I was hiring summer staff, I’d dutifully send out re-application forms to the staff from last year I wanted to come back and asked them to re-apply around December. Then in late January I hit the road … Continue reading

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Experts Say…

One of my favorite features on Best of the Web at is What Would We Do Without Experts? This daily series of What Would We do Without… questions is followed by a headline from a newspaper where “experts” or some class of “expert” is cited. Here are some examples: What Would We Do Without Experts? “Expert: Flu Outbreak Could Be Deadly or Mild”–headline, Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, Nov. 4 What Would We Do Without Teachers? “Teacher: Reading Leads to … Continue reading

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The Camp Business Market Report 2005-2006

Winds of Change The annual Camp Business Market Report records some interesting trends, particularly in the growth of year-round programming and enrollment rates. In an effort to quantify the status of the children’s camp market, Camp Business magazine sent out 3,030 e-mail invitations to camp directors across North America. They were asked to fill out a survey regarding a range of questions about staffing, enrollment, purchasing decisions, operating budgets, profit margins, facilities and other pertinent information. Of those 3,030 surveys … Continue reading

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