Category Archives: Mar 05

Sports Plus

Camp Snapshot US Sports Camps San Rafael, Calif. www.ussportscamps.com Number of camps: 480 Sports offered: Tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, field hockey, softball, baseball, swimming, running, crew, ice hockey, etc. Typical session length: Five or six days Average cost per session: $600 resident-camp fee Tennis anyone? That’s the question a group of people, including a tennis shoe merchant, asked themselves amid the 1970s tennis boom. It started as Tennis America, a small business that operated multi-site tennis camps, then … Continue reading

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Stretch & Twist

As camp time gets ever closer (wasn’t it just yesterday that we had closing ceremonies?) it’s time to jumpstart camp and get the ideas flowing. Continuing from last month’s column, and the January Programming Ideas article, here are some more ideas to get campers and staff going for the season. Keep sending your ideas into Camp Business so that we can share them and give every camp great ideas. What comes around goes around! See “You Don’t Say! (link below) … Continue reading

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You Don’t Say!

Have your campers break up into groups of between five and eight campers. The purpose of the game is to spark conversation and prompt campers to learn more about each other. So, fewer than five tends to be too few, while more than eight tends to involve too much at one time. Related Article: Stretch & Twist After your youth are split up into groups of 5-8, have a staff member sit with each group. Each staff member needs to … Continue reading

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One More Time Again: Recycled Crafts

It’s easy to observe campers engaged in an arts and crafts project and wonder, “How do they use so many supplies?” Glue, paints, wiggle eyes, chenille stems, fake fur, and fuzzy pom poms seem to disappear as campers work on their projects. While certain supplies are necessary, you can reduce costs by using recycled materials for craft projects. Try these ideas for creative yet cost-conscious projects: Big Mouth Puppets Have any old socks laying around in the lost and found? … Continue reading

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What’s In Store

Wouldn’t you like to put any worries that you might have about next season’s camp enrollment in your rearview mirror? Making your camp “the” place where campers want to be can be easily achieved if you employ some simple but effective marketing management strategies. The Reality of Perception So, how can you cultivate the perception that your camp’s popularity is soaring and that to secure a space in next year’s camp means completing an application ASAP to avoid being put … Continue reading

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