Staff Recruitment, Hiring, & Retention Blog Posts & Articles

tent under rainbow
January 14, 2022

During the 2021 ACA National Staffing Summit, five students were selected by their professors to serve on a panel to discuss why they did not want to work at camp. They were chosen because they would be great camp counselors but had said they... Read More

camp staff member with campers
January 1, 2022

We know that staff can be a challenge to find, attract, hire, engage, and retain. What makes the staff journey result in forward progress from start to completion of their camp experience? Current research and promising practices provide... Read More

camp staff with camper
December 6, 2021

I’ll start by being blatantly transparent: we created our certification program with a specific goal: To recruit and retain more qualified and dedicated staff. OK, honestly, just more staff in general. There. I’ve said it. It was selfish in its... Read More

camper and staff with horse
November 8, 2021

A common challenge for summer camp administrators in 2021 was staff recruitment and hiring. This is not surprising, since there is a labor shortage across the country. According to the Washington Post in September, “There are currently 10 million... Read More

animation of woman with head on knees
November 1, 2021

A camp job is hard work. Camp is so worth it, as evidenced by all the positive outcomes research has shown campers achieve. But that does not make the job any easier — especially for the teenagers and young adults camps employ, who may be... Read More

October 25, 2021

Are you worried about staffing shortages and how many international staff you can hire? Have you heard potential staff say, “Thanks for the offer, but I need an internship”? Creating a field experience manual to attract and hire interns for camp... Read More

camp staff
October 11, 2021

This blog post is the second in a two-part series about staff culture.

campers releasing wishing boats
September 27, 2021

I was recently reminded of those times in the past when I was (sort of) patiently waiting by the baggage claim to retrieve my luggage after a flight.