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I spent the first 12 years of my life in a sleepy, rural town in the northeast corner of Connecticut. With both of my parents working full-time, my summer mornings began near dawn as I filled up my backpack and headed to the bus stop a few houses down the road. I would wait patiently with a sense of giddiness at what the day's activities at camp would bring. Holiday Hill Day Camp was my escape, my pure fun without requirements or judgments, and the freedom to choose whether I played Four Square after lunch or made gimp bracelets in arts and crafts.

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How to Become a Servant Leader
Published Date: 2020-01-01

I strongly believe that an organization is not defined by its products or its glitzy marketing. The people who work for the organization are its true assets.

A leader who takes care of their people will never have to worry about subpar customer service.

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Top Eight Marketing Strategies for 2011
Published Date: 2011-03-01

Most camp directors I know don't like marketing. They see it as a necessary evil. However you feel about marketing, you absolutely need to do it. If you embrace the notion that your role as a salesperson can be equally as important as your role as a camp director, you will see greater success in recruiting campers. If you want to make 2011 your strongest enrollment year, now's the time to get cracking. Follow these eight steps for marketing your camp to increase your enrollment.


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“They threw you a curveball,” suggests a brave staff member, after thinking it over for a moment.

“Be sure you cover all your bases,” offers another.

Thanking them for getting the ball rolling, I record their responses on poster board. They have just replied to my initial question asking the group to come up with commonly used phrases that are derived from baseball.

“What else?” I ask, prompting the group to continue brainstorming.

Soon the conversation really starts to flow, with contributions from other participants now coming more quickly:

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While at camp, counselors often become campers' surrogate parents. You monitor their diets, bedtimes, and whether they brush their teeth. You cheer for them when they master a new skill and discipline them when they break a rule. Classes exist to help parents become better parents. Counselors can benefit from this information as well. By following some of the advice from these classes, you can learn to better manage and more positively influence campers.

Parenting Styles

Decide what kind of camp counselor you will be. Do this prior to going to camp if possible.

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Hero's Journey is a free-of-charge, wilderness-based summer camp program for youth living with serious illness. As a developmentally appropriate and challenging extension of the traditional camp program at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (Ashford, Connecticut), in 2013, Hero's Journey served sixty-seven adolescents ages sixteen through eighteen in groups of eleven to seventeen over five sessions of seven days each, including one sibling session. One nurse, five counselors, two program administrators, and two or three volunteers supervised each session of Hero's Journey.

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Are you taking this?” a friend asked, thrusting an old stuffed dog my way.

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Four friends from childhood reunite often and maintain their relationships through adulthood: It's the makings of countless best-selling novels. But this story is real — no fictional characters, no made-up locations — just four girls who met before their teens and journeyed through life with the help of summer camp. A couple of years ago those same four friends shared an evening together and were reminded once again of the meaning of friendship.

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On Board with Camp
Published Date: 2012-09-01

Camp boards — what should they do? How do we train members of a camp board? And how do we recruit good board members?

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The Last Batch of Muffins
Published Date: 2019-03-01

My congratulatory handshake to colleague Jake Labovitz, who along with his wife, Kerry, owns Windsor Mountain Summer Camp in Windsor, New Hampshire, was commentary on a highly successful season. Jake’s reply? “Thanks, but you’re only as good as your last batch of muffins.”

What Jake was referring to is called “recency” — most recent — or what happens last. For context, “Social psychologists study how social influence, social perception, and social interaction influence individual and group behavior” (APA, 2018).

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