It's #HiringSeason: Using Instagram to Maximize Staff Engagement

Hiring season is in full force, and many high-achieving college and graduate students are already lining up internship opportunities and jobs for this summer. With 72 percent of young adults using Instagram daily for more than 28 minutes a day, it is a no-brainer to use Instagram to recruit new and returning staff members for your summer camp. 

Here are a few easy improvements you can make to your camp’s Instagram strategy to help recruit staff for summer 2020. 

"It's the Best Part of Camp": Camper Views on Smartphone Policies

As camp directors, we instinctually know that the experience is much better without smartphones and technology, but what do the campers themselves think?

Refining Survey Instruments: Amplifying the Youth Voice

Through our ongoing efforts to inform and continually improve, we’re building a multi-faceted approach to collecting camper impact data and feedback. 

ACA, Southwest Elects New Local Council of Leaders

In November, ACA, Southwest elected new Local Council of Leaders (LCOL) chairpersons and representatives. These individuals are dedicated volunteers from throughout the Southwest who deliver quality programs and services to camp professionals and youth development programs.

Helping Kids Change Their Stories: What We Are Learning

This is the third post in the blog series Helping Kids Change Their Stories — A Taste of Camp Measurement North of the Border.

No Generation Left Behind

Without a doubt, the most popular comment I get from clients in my public speaking work is (some variation of) “’Kids today have absolutely no initiative or basic work ethic! I ask them, ‘Well, how would you accomplish this task if it was all up to you?’ . . . and they just stare at me.” And eight times out of 10, that comment is followed with a grumbled “Millennials …”

From Activities and Programs to Outcomes and Impact

Helping Kids Change Their Stories — A Taste of Camp Measurement North of the Border is a short blog series that explores Tim Hortons Foundation Camps’ summer and school programs and their approach to impact measurement and camp research. The series outlines Tim Hortons Foundation Camps’ research journey from a practitioner perspective, while highlighting challenges and early learnings in their research process. This is post 2. See post 1.

The Constant Variable

This blog post is the first in a short series that explores Tim Hortons Foundation Camps’ summer and school programs and their approach to impact measurement and camp research.

Can I Really Spend Another Summer Working at Camp?

A summer camp is a place for continued growth and learning, whether you are a camper or a counselor, a first-year staff member, or a four-year veteran.

What's the Impact of Gender-Inclusive Cabins on Campers' Friendships?

That question was one that I and my collaborator Leila Bighash sought to help answer in our recent study, recognized at the ACA National Conference with the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Research in Practice.

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