Category Archives: May/Jun 09

The Well-Trained Staff

Welcome to the debut of Camp Business’s new column on staff training. Dr. Chris Thurber, one of the most sought-after camp consultants, responds to reader queries, and offers cutting-edge, turnkey content that contemporary camp directors can use right away to prime their camp’s most powerful asset–the staff. “Hey, Chris, beyond training staff in the specifics, such as first-aid and CPR, I’m searching for the transcendent principles that will help me assemble a solid staff team this summer. What have you … Continue reading

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Plumbing, Power Tools & Personal Growth

There’s far more to successful campground maintenance than keeping the playing fields mowed and the bathhouse pipes clear. If it were only that simple, a few turns of a screwdriver and proper pH level in the pool would be enough to ensure a smooth camp experience. Behind the scenes, grounds maintenance requires perseverance, a comprehensive knowledge of all things mechanical, electrical and chemical, and an occasional education or training session on new equipment. But the hands-on aspect of grounds maintenance … Continue reading

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Stop Flushing Money Down The Drain

Several years ago while we were running confirmation camp, we kept running out of water (the camp runs its own water system). I was stressed out trying to figure out what the problem was. Eventually I tracked down a leak in the main line that runs to our storage tank. Let me tell you, it is not pleasant to be in charge when you have a full camp where no one can take a shower, and you have to do … Continue reading

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The Well-Trained Staff

Welcome to the debut of Camp Business’s new column on staff training. Dr. Chris Thurber, one of the most sought-after camp consultants, responds to reader queries, and offers cutting-edge, turnkey content that contemporary camp directors can use right away to prime their camp’s most powerful asset–the staff. “Hey, Chris, beyond training staff in the specifics, such as first-aid and CPR, I’m searching for the transcendent principles that will help me assemble a solid staff team this summer. What have you … Continue reading

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It’s Hammer Time

The last few weeks before camp opens are hectic for anyone working on maintenance and facility projects. What seemed like plenty of time in the fall has now become a mad dash to be ready for the first-session campers. Some items have to be ready, like patching holes in screens and replacing toilet parts. But some would be better if you didn’t do them. I don’t mean not do them; I mean have someone else do them, and not just … Continue reading

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