The physical, emotional, and mental well-being of campers is of utmost importance. This can be more readily accomplished when a camp has a system that includes a thorough hiring process, well-planned staff training, and appropriate supervision of campers and staff.
The key to any camp's success is its personnel. One of the unique features of a camp is the vital and all-encompassing leadership role demanded of its personnel in the camp community. Camp personnel are expected to assume many responsibilities, deliver a wide range of services, and complete numerous tasks in an environment of constant close human interaction, all with quality results. Some persons may work with the site operation, some with the program, and some with both.
The demanding nature of this job requires minimums be established in screening, hiring, training, and supervising staff. The personnel criteria included in this section are the result of experience and the review of research in the area of human resource management for both year-round and seasonal operations. The requirements included in the standards vary according to the nature of the positions in question.