Ten Photo Posting Tips

Posting daily photos of campers is a service many camps now offer, and many parents have come to expect. If you post photos for camp parents to view, you’ve probably handled complaints from well-meaning parents who spend a lot of time scouring through your camp’s photos, often watching them upload, one by one.

The Impact of Camp Experiences on Social Skills and Happiness

With depression, anxiety, and addiction rates high among adolescents (Keyes, 2006), and many youth engaged in relational aggression and other damaging social practices like bullying, there is clearly a need to find effective interventions to improve social skills, relationships, and overall well-being in our young people. Camp professionals know from experience that camp can serve as a positive, often life-changing, psychological intervention for youth, but for the "noncamp" world to understand the potential benefits of summer camp, rigorous research needs to be conducted and disseminated.

¿Por qué no pueden las escuelas parecerse más a los campamentos?

Ayer mi hijo de ocho años volvió de la escuela apesadumbrado. Es su tercera semana en una escuela nueva y yo le había animado a que encontrara un par de amigos para invitarlos a nadar. Les había pedido el número de teléfono a dos niños y los niños le habían dicho que eran “hermanos adoptados” y habían escrito números de teléfono falsos antes de montarse en carros diferentes para regresar a su casa. Sentí mucha pena por mi hijo.

Delivering Happiness: Five Things Camps Can Learn from Zappos

Tony Hsieh's book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, struck a cord with millions of people. The best-selling book by the CEO of Zappos.com, Inc. about the company's success led to an entire movement whose mission is to "spread and inspire more happiness in the world." (2012)

WOW Your Campers’ Parents

“Hey, wazzup?” is a perfectly good greeting when meeting one of the counselors you’ll be working with this summer for the first time. But what will you say when you meet your campers’ parents?

Maybe manners and social skills come naturally to you, but even so, you need to give some thought to the impression you will leave with your campers’ parents. Your interactions with them will have a profound impact on how they feel about you, your camp, and their child’s experience. Have you thought about what impression you want to give?

How Do Your Campers Really Feel? The Benefits of Mid-Session Evaluations

The dreaded call comes the day after camp ends. A parent is calling to report that his child had a miserable camp experience because of a bully in their group, a mean counselor, or . . . (you fill in the blank).