Resource Library

Social skills and self-efficacy are fundamental processes and necessary for individuals in everyday life. Seeking employment, living independently, making friends, and trying new activities
all require social skills and self-efficacy. Empirical studies have found that outdoor residential camps improve these areas of development in children and youth because of the social encounters, new activities, independence, and leadership opportunities provided by enthusiastic and supportive staff (Thurber, Scanlin, Scheuler, and Henderson 2007).

Read More

by Marcia L. Tate, Ph.D.

Visualize the worst presentation or training session that you ever attended. The chances are that you were talked at by a presenter who was either boring or argumentative. I would bet that you actually moved very little and maybe not even at all unless there was a break or lunchtime. Then attempt to recall what you learned in the session. The learning curve was probably directly proportional to the degree of active engagement you experienced. In fact, there is a saying that is as follows: As the bottom gets number, the brain gets dumber!

Read More

Running a summer camp is a noble endeavor. Summer camps impart skills and values to all types of children. Nevertheless, every summer camp, small or large, private, religious, nonprofit or for-profit, is a business. If a summer camp takes in less money than it spends, it will eventually fail. Not coincidentally, summer camps that run well as businesses are usually effective in executing their mission. The same talents and skills required to run a business—focus, persistence, attention, and intelligence—are also required to run a quality summer program.

Read More

013Many camps create a respite from the pace of the modern world with their programs. But, in terms of marketing, there seems to be no escape from the information deluge. It is estimated that people in the United States consume twelve hours of information-based content per day (Bohn & Short, 2010). Finding space to communicate an effective message is daunting. Camps have fewer opportunities and less time to deliver the core message effectively.

Read More

When people think summer camp, they think tranquil natural setting, fun, happiness, and bliss. While this permeates throughout camp life, the threat of stress — and a lack of resiliency to that stress — can derail those wonderful elements.

The following scenarios may sound familiar.

Denise is an eight-year-old girl attending sleepaway camp for the first time this summer. She complains often of stomach aches and wants to go to the camp nurse daily; she struggles with homesickness at night; and she becomes anxious the moment dinner ends.

Read More
Safe Haven for Learning
Published Date: 2018-07-01

A decade ago, an awkward, uncertain bus ride took me somewhere I never expected to go. My physical destination was camp, where a throng of excited kids would gather for outdoor adventure and adolescent experiences. But what I hadn’t anticipated was the other ride I was about to take — the journey.

Read More
Where Can We Find the Money?
Published Date: 2016-01-01

I really want a new (insert here: archery range, campership fund, pirate ship for the waterfront). My (insert here: camper fees, organization's budget, personal bank account) does not support this. Where do I get the money?

It's all about relationships. Thankfully, that is something camps are good at!

Read More

Dear Bob,

We are a coed resident camp operating in the mountains. It seems that every summer we have campers who aren’t really ready for the demands of group living in what is the intense social and physical environment that is our camp. We have found that some parents want to send their children because they believe we can help them make the friends they’ve never been able to make at home.

Without being too confrontational and scaring away what might otherwise be great campers, how do we determine whether a child is truly ready for the community living that is our camp?

Read More
There's a Camp for That!
Published Date: 2017-01-01

Imagine a world where everyone knows about the value of the camp experience. Where camp is universally considered an essential part of human development. Where every parent, grandparent, and guardian sees camp as the go-to solution to social issues. What if camp was the app? Is your child having problems learning to get along with others? There's a camp for that. Need to find a way to help your child build self-confidence? There's a camp for that. Want to help your child build 21st-century skills? There's a camp for that. Is your child suffering from stress? The answer is camp.

Read More

The right to privacy is well established in the legal system of the United States. As citizens of the United States, we expect that our right to privacy will be respected.

Virtually all businesses gather personal information about employees and customers that is private. For example, most camps gather names, addresses, social security numbers, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, driving history, dates of birth, financial information (bank account numbers, debit or credit card numbers, and security codes), personal images, e-mail addresses, and medical history.

Read More

Pages

E.g., 2019-10-23
E.g., 2019-10-23