From First Contact to End of Contract

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 information that can help camps succeed throughout this cycle. Join us as we take a look at some of those contributing factors.

Tips for Hiring Quality Staff without Spending a Dime

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 job openings, yet more than 8.4 million unemployed are still actively looking for work.” There have been several hypotheses for what is causing this shortage, from excessive government benefits to low minimum wage and even a general change in how Americans view work. 

Project Real Job

Get assistance with communicating the career-enhancing benefits of working at camp to prospective employees and their parents.

Staffing Summit Follow-Up: Option 2

Need Staff? Together We Can Tackle Today’s Staffing Challenges

The struggle to hire staff for 2021 (and have them show up and stay) was painfully felt in camps across the board. We worked together to navigate pandemic challenges; we can do the same for the staffing crisis. ACA Project Real Job resources, standout Staffing Summit takeaways, and promising practices will be shared in this timely and collaborative session. 

Staffing Summit Follow-Up: Option 1

Need Staff? Together We Can Tackle Today’s Staffing Challenges

The struggle to hire staff for 2021 (and have them show up and stay) was painfully felt in camps across the board. We worked together to navigate pandemic challenges; we can do the same for the staffing crisis. ACA Project Real Job resources, standout Staffing Summit takeaways, and promising practices will be shared in this timely and collaborative session. 

Camp Community Connection - Michigan

Connect with other camp staff! Come be part of your camp community in your area. Share ideas thoughts and brainstorm hot topics. A perfect opportunity to expand your network and gain knowledge. These free re-occurring meetings will be here as support for you as we move through the year. Register for one and you are signed up for all.

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How to Manage Camp Staff Fatigue

Fatigue at camp is like inclement weather at camp. You’re going to have it at some point, but if you spot it before it happens, you can take steps to be prepared for it and reduce the impact it has on your staff and program.

How to Encourage Camp Staff to Return Next Year: An Evening Reflections Program Based on Psychological Needs

Staff retention is a significant challenge for many seasonal camps. Although camp managers do their best to achieve high or even equal retention rates of their seasonal staff, it is still very likely that they face both attrition and turnover, annually. Reasons that counselors may choose not to come back to camp, include:

Camp Staff Recruitment and Hiring Ideas Amid Coronavirus Concerns

These camp staff hiring and recruitment tips can help you find staff amid concerns about the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Find Summer and Seasonal Camp Staff

Find summer camp staff! Take advantage of the increased exposure from Google for Jobs. Advertise all your camp’s open positions with an unlimited subscription! 

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