Category Archives: Sep/Oct 03

Reevaluating the Camp, Part 2

Being new to the job in this industry is really challenging, as is reevaluating and revamping it. As referred to in the last article a new director, or one who’s evaluating and working to improve the camp, has to establish a staff culture right away, guided by the vision he or she brings to it. Related Article: Reevaluating the Camp, Part 1 After establishing this vision and the team atmosphere to approach it, it’s time to get to the details … Continue reading

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At the Buzzer

When our popular basketball camp lost its celebrity director, my college decided not to take down the nets and close the gym doors. On the contrary, his departure became the impetus for making a great program even better. Here are some tips from the pros at Houghton College. You, too, can make your camp one that kids and parents alike will keep coming back to, year after year. Be willing to lose According to Mark Pavone, women’s basketball associate head … Continue reading

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Promotional Products & Apparel

What’s hot, what’s not and what’s working at the camp store. Figuring out which items will sell best at the camp store/canteen is a lot like figuring out the age group you’re often selling to… teenagers. Well, good luck on that one and let everyone know when you’ve got it nailed. But first things first… Camper marketing and retention creates a successful camp store. And, according to the camps we spoke with, the number one way (okay, outside of referrals) … Continue reading

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Crafty Recipes

I volunteer to teach different craft classes at a local senior center. Every time I visit I end up learning a lot more from the “students” than I could ever teach them. I’m also reminded that there was a time when there wasn’t a craft store in every town and to craft you had to use what was available… and your imagination. These following “old fashioned” craft concoctions (or recipes) are fun and relatively inexpensive. A real bonus is that … Continue reading

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Sierra Surroundings

Camp Snapshot Mountain Camp Pollock Pines, Calif. www.mountaincamp.com Est. 1966 Ages: 8-16 Price: $800 per week Session length. One- and two-week sessions Mountain Camp, located in California’s Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, is a technologically-savvy anti-technology camp. These two worlds are effectively compartmentalized and utilized to the camp’s advantage. The kids benefit from a camp atmosphere free from the noise and buzz of the city and their family rooms. The camp benefits by having back-office technology that solves problems and … Continue reading

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