Category Archives: May/Jun 03

KOOL Staff Orientation

Preparation Points Quick Reference… Some great ideas explained in this article: • Create staff orientation classes called Camp Counseling 101 and 202 • Focus on what you absolutely want staff to know by the end of the session • Plan a What If? session to introduce staff to a number of contingencies • Role play for great practice K = Knowledge –- You need to know what your staff must know and be able to do by the end of … Continue reading

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Crafting Resources

There are several reasons why you should take advantage of technology to help you plan and organize your craft projects at camp. If you use your time wisely, you can tons of information at your fingertips. Pick a Craft, any Craft If you enter the keyword crafts into the Google search engine you will have over six million sites pop up to review. You can make the result a little less overwhelming by selecting keywords that are more defined or … Continue reading

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Preparation Points

The summer camp season is fast approaching. Are you prepared? What about the medical responsibilities the camp will have? Are you in compliance with all medical regulations? In order to prepare your staff and make sure you are ready to provide a safe environment for your campers, it may be beneficial to use this three-step process as a guide. Step 1 Get accredited. The American Camping Association has over 300 standards relating to facilities, management, programming, personnel and health and … Continue reading

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Preparation Points

The standard for the majority of corporations and educational institutions is to orient their new and returning staff prior to the start of a new business campaign or at the beginning of the school semester. The benefits of an orientation or opening meeting can also be a valuable tool, and an often overlooked mechanism, to assist camp directors in communicating the mission and the goals of the seasonal camp. Here’s a step-by-step process for running this meeting, which precedes a … Continue reading

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The Next Right Thing

I try not to subscribe too heavily to pop culture phrases and fads. I could never bring myself to get my groove on during a rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out” at a sporting event in a crowded stadium. I never learned the Macarena. When someone says, “You go girl (boy, whatever),” I cringe… noticeably. However, I’m not averse to picking up a line here and there, if I find it’s particularly poignant. I caught one that I have … Continue reading

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