Giving Constructive Feedback to Sensitive Staff Members Without Them Hating You

Ever had staff tell you they want more feedback and then when you give it, especially if it’s negative, their feelings get hurt? CampCode podcast hosts Gab, Beth, and Ruby tackle one of the hardest and most important skills as a staff manager: giving feedback. This session will share techniques to create a culture of feedback and show how to facilitate opportunities for a healthy exchange of feedback among your camp team.

By the end of the webinar participant will:

Staff Recruitment Downloadable Handouts

In an effort to support camps in recruiting seasonal staff, ACA has compiled handouts that can be used at camp fairs or other recruitment efforts to educate prospective employees on the value of the summer camp work experience.

These downloadable sheets provide information about the skills cultivated through camp employment and how they readily compare to the talents future employers are seeking.

Fully Connected: How a Radical Cell Phone Policy Can Improve Your Camp Culture and Cure FOMO

"Because of Camp... I have a better relationship with my phone." Said no one ever. We love camp because of the relationships we build there. So, what would camp look like if the staff committed to working without their phones? Not even using them during a break! But only using them on officially scheduled days and nights off. Is that crazy? Come learn how one summer camp discovered that disconnecting from our devices made us more connected than we could have imagined… Fully Connected!

Through this course, participants will:

Gen-Y At Camp: How to Understand, Manage, and Increase Resiliency in Millennial Camp Staff

Gen·er·a·tion Y (noun):

Generation Y; plural noun: Generation Ys; AKA: Millennials

1. the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s, comprising primarily the children of the baby boomers and typically perceived as increasingly familiar with digital and electronic technology.
2. the people largely comprising staff at camps across America, often (unfairly) called “entitled, whiners, or snowflakes” by older generations.

14 Questions to Identify Potential Hiring Risks at Camp

During her job interview, Blanch spoke modestly but articulately about her sophomore-year university honors project. She seemed serious at first but sailed through an acapella folk tune with confidence and flair when the director asked her to “sing a fun song.”

New Form I-9 for the Hiring Process for Camps

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

The new version must be in place by all employers by January 22, 2017. While you prepare for the summer and begin hiring staff, make sure you have implemented this revised form into your hiring process.

The FLSA, Overtime, and Camps: Finding a Path to Compliance

On May 18 of this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) revealed its new regulations concerning the "white collar" overtime exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The changes, as expected, are dramatic from a cost perspective, more than doubling the minimum salary required for most of the white collar exemptions from approximately $23,660 to $47,476, on an annualized basis.

Training Tool Sheets for Camp Directors and Camp Counselors

Drawing from what we are learning through the ACA Research Initiative, we've gathered some tools that could help you and your staff.

With so little time in precamp orientation to do everything you want to do, you may find it helpful to step back and set priorities for your training time with counselors. Take the time to sort out what needs to be said and understood versus read and understood. Make the most of both, and you’ll have more time for group interaction using methods that build skills and capitalize on the talents your staff bring to the job.

Tax Incentives for Camps Who Hire Veterans

In 2001, Congress enacted a new law that amends the Internal Revenue Code.  Named the VOW to Hire Heroes Act - it includes tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans. The law provides nonprofit employers a tax credit of as much as $6,240 for hiring a disabled veteran or a $3,640 credit for any veteran who had been out of work for more than six months. The hiring incentive is 65 percent of the value of the for-profit tax credit. Nonprofits can apply the credit against employer payroll taxes.

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