Category Archives: Sep 05

Flow & Tell

There’s a lot of talk in business about “creating ownership”. In our case, that means giving our parents and campers a sense of ownership through their involvement and assistance with camp operations and planning. Through a few simple practices a camp director can gain information which will help guide their program to greater success. This information from parents and campers can prevent a tunnel-vision approach to the development of the camp program that misses out on opportunities of growth and … Continue reading

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Over the Horizon

With deliberate effort, I pushed myself away from my big old publisher’s desk, leaned back in my no-arch-support publisher’s chair, and let my unfocused gaze travel to the ceiling. Slowly my mind traveled to the beginning of a classic Louis L’Amour story set in the Wild, Wild West. The smell of dry dust touched my nostrils and cracks spidered across the baked brown earth of the Sonoran high desert, an ever-present reminder that life here in the American Southwest was … Continue reading

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Fresh Eyes

Fresh eyes see things that you’ve become desensitized to. On a regular basis, ask visitors (parents and camp directors are two good options) to do a quick survey for you before they leave: Related Article: The Right Site Camp First Impression Evaluation: Quick! What were your first impressions? I’d really like to know. We can’t see the forest for the trees after a while, and I’d love to hear what you have to say. Program, service, facility, etc. Really! Let … Continue reading

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The Right Site

Whether you’re looking at your current site to make some improvements, or evaluating a piece of property for use as a new camp, or maybe more likely visiting someone else’s camp to get some new ideas, few people can visualize the cause and effect facilities can have on outcomes. Related Article: Fresh Eyes Our camp sites and facilities are integral to our marketing and our program. Good facilities facilitate good programs, and communicate the values of the organization. Here’s the … Continue reading

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