Recently I came across an article titled 10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You. As directors we all want our best staff to return the following summer and we want our year round superstars to continue working for our camp for years to come. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. One of the biggest reasons for that is the lack of good leadership.
Below is the list I took from the article I mentioned above. I did a little editing and added some comments to make it relevant for the camp industry.
On one of my email roundtables Philip Drake, of Mt. Lou Bible Camp, submitted the idea of creating and selling trading cards of the camp staff. I thought this was a fantastic idea. After I got some help from Philip on how to make this happen I went to work on creating our own trading cards.
Step 1 – The Template
The first thing I had to do was create a template for each of our theme weeks. The basic template came from Philip and allows me to print 9 cards on one sheet of card stock paper.
I pulled the basic template into Photoshop and add the logo I made for each theme week. Then I added the camp names of each staff member.
Pinterest is a GREAT place to bookmark and share ideas. I have a Summer Camp board that I add and refer to for ideas often.
As with any list of ideas that we keep of things we want to do or incorporate at camp, or in our personal lives, most, if not all, are never attempted. If you have a camp Pinterest board, how many of the pins have you tried?
Here are some that I made happen as well as what I thought of them. Click on the images to be taken to the website they camp from for more information.
We celebrate birthdays, graduations, marriages and more, but most of the time we fail to celebrate our own successes. At camp, as in life, we constantly have little wins, pulling off a successful event, implementing a new program, changing the negative mindset of a staff member, teaching a camper to tie her shoes, etc.
Football players know how to celebrate the small wins. You see it when they sack a quarterback, gain a lot of yards, and especially if they make a touchdown. They haven’t won the game. This is not the “We won!” celebration dance. What you see above is a touchdown dance. The games is still going. We all should have our own touchdown dance for the times we have those small wins, complete with our co-workers running in to join us. What a wonderful work place that would be.
Theme meals are a fun way to mix up meal time at camp. You can go as big or as small as you want with decorations, music, costumes and themed food. It all starts with the theme and here are 50 ideas to choose from.
Obstacle races have become a phenomenon over the past few years. While 5k, 10k, half and full marathons and triathlons are still the most popular of the solo events open to everyone, the obstacle races are quickly catching up due to the variety, challenge, fun and excitement they offer.
My name is Curt, but you can call me Moose. I’m a recreation and summer camp professional, and there is no other career I’d rather have (except for maybe Rock Star). Enjoy my ramblings and insights...and please, share your comments, suggestions, and wisdom.