Staff Culture: Your Values in Action During Uncertain Times, Part 1

The only thing certain about the world we live in is uncertainty. This was true before COVID-19 and will always be part of the human experience. Not reassuring, but 100-percent accurate. When it is hard to determine what to do next, the one thing that can be controlled in challenging times (or any time) is our response. Often, we need to reflect on where we’ve been to develop a plan for where we are going (even though the future is unknown).

Cut the Fluff: How to Attract High-Quality Staff

There are many reasons why summer camps struggle to find and retain quality staff. We see many camps focus their job descriptions around the cultural elements that the job provides, illustrating the fun benefits of working at camp. While camps offer many professional development opportunities, they fall short showcasing those areas to prospective candidates. In our experience, that is a fatal error.

Think about it: How many positions have you advertised like this?

Extending Your Camp to Retreat and Rental Groups? Do These Things

Offering your camp facilities to retreat and rental groups can increase community engagement and be an important source of revenue during your off-season — especially amid the operational challenges of COVID-19. But renting out your facilities and services during the pandemic also necessitates careful consideration and taking steps to mitigate liability and other risks associated with the virus.

New CDC Report A Valuable Resource for Overnight Camps

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a positive outlook for overnight camps and will be a valuable resource as camps look ahead to the summer of 2021.

The study covered four Maine overnight summer camps that successfully prevented and (ACA) Field Guide for Implementing CDC Guidance.

Shaping Summertime Experiences: Critical Recommendations for this Critical Time

This blog post discusses highlights from the Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth study published by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and discusses why it might be even more relevant during the pandemic.

September Update: Optimism, Advocacy, and Professional Development

Optimism — it’s a funny word amidst a global pandemic. While optimism should not replace strategy, planning, focus on risk management, or policy, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sheds an optimistic light on summer 2021.

Can Your Camp Fill the Education Gap in Your Community?

What should you consider before making a determination that your camp should offer community educational support?

The Curious Friendship Between Logic Models and Theory of Change

This blog post discusses the differences between logic models and the theory of change, and how they work together to inform research and outcomes.

Measuring Camper Impact (Virtually)

Camp Twin Lakes (CTL) serves campers who have medical illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges at two year-round camp locations in Georgia. CTL operates as a partner model camp, serving over 60 partner organizations each year. CTL’s partners are various types of nonprofit organizations who bring the populations that they serve to CTL’s facilities for camping programs. 

Handwashing: Make It Really Effective

Handwashing remains one of our most effective protective behaviors against communicable disease. While handwashing doesn’t guarantee protection and safety, a person can certainly reduce risk of exposure. That protection, however, is directly tied to how well a person washes their hands. Here are tips to make your handwashing as protective as possible.

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