"Excuse me," the camp director interrupted, "I just need you to tell us how to respond when a camper or counselor uses a slur like that." We were in the midst of debriefing a...
On Camp and Pride
Growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, something I looked forward to every year was attending summer camp. After spending winters mostly indoors, the perfect reprieve from school was...
Continuous Improvement and Program Quality: Lessons Learned
Program quality (PQ) is essential to youth programs, and research shows that high-quality programs are directly linked to more positive outcomes. PQ refers to the environment that...
Top 25 Staffing Solutions Gathered through Collaboration
Highlighted here is a curated collection of great ideas about how to recruit and retain staff — a direct result of the last two years of conferences and various collaborative brainstorming sessions focused on addressing the summer camp staffing crisis.
Foster a Feeling to Cross the Generational Divide
As leaders interacting with the next generation we have a choice. We can spin our wheels trying to understand why they aren’t where we are, where we believe they “should be,” or we can consider the uniqueness of the moment we are all living through and sense the necessary shift to foster a feeling in all the areas of our work.
Moving Forward Together — September 2023
Congratulations on all your success this past summer! I am so encouraged by the way you overcame a myriad of demanding and onerous challenges to create fun and exciting communities...
Let’s Play Nicely: Eight Tips for Creating Safe Spaces at Camp
For generations, a camp director’s focus on safety meant protecting campers from physical harm. In today’s reality that is still a necessity though insufficient. Safe space at camp has now evolved beyond mere physical safety.
Cultural Bias in Risk Management
When bias is discussed in wilderness risk management, it is often explored from the perspective of decision-making. Heuristics are the processes by which we make decisions using mental shortcuts that are influenced by an individual’s unconscious — and sometimes conscious — biases. When these biases influence us to make a poor or potentially dangerous decision, this is referred to as a “heuristic trap.”
Confronting Barriers to Belonging at Camp
Providing access to camp is only the start. An important part of an inclusive camp experience is creating a sense of belonging.
The Courage to Create Access: Moving beyond Conversation and into Action
Sustained engagement along the journey to making camp accessible for all will take courage.