Balancing Camp & The Rest of Your Life - CampHacker #77

Work/Life Balance - Is that even an option for Summer Camp Professionals?

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How do some people make it looks so easy?

We all know that working at summer camp Is an incredibly stressful job. There never seems to be a break anymore!

In this week's CampHacker podcast we talk through ways that we can cope with the increasing demands of the most important job we'll ever have.

Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director

  • Travis - SnapHeal - Remove unwanted images from your photos

  • Gab - Songza - Listen to great music

  • Cory - speek.com - Best Free Conference Call Service

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Starting From Scratch - CampHacker #73

Radical thinking about the Future of Summer Camp

 

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Now THAT's what I'm talking about!

This show. 

THIS is the moment that CampHacker was created for. We had the best discussion today. Joe had the awesome idea to talk about what it would be like to start a camp from scratch.  If you weren't burdened by tradition (and a property) what would you do differently?

THAT lead us in to how would you radically change summer camp.  If our mission is to provide a transformative experience for children and teens (and staff) are we reaching as many people as possible with our programs being so remote? 

Outward Bound Canada has done something HUGE.  They sold off their remote sites so that they could build in downtown Toronto - now they serve tons more people. They still do remote trips but they are much more accessible for day programs.

Dan was kind enough to share the nine points that Frost Valley uses when they consider a new program:

  1. Demographics
  2. Audience
  3. Mission
  4. Goals
  5. Staff
  6. Traditions
  7. Sustainability
  8. Site
  9. Quality

(He explains them in the show!).

What would you do to start summer camp from scratch?  Leave us a comment below!

Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director

Sources of Legal Music to Use in Camp Videos

Royalty Free Music sites (pay for it once and use it as needed)

  • http://www.shutterstock.com/music/
  • http://www.smartassmusic.com/royalty-free-music/free-downloads
  • http://www.pond5.com/music/1/*.html
  • https://vimeo.com/musicstore
  • https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music
  • http://www.reelmarketinginsider.com/free-royalty-free-music/
  • Audio Bumpers/Stings/Logos
    • search for "music genre" + sting or bumper or logo
    • http://www.beatsuite.com/music/category/audio-idents/576
    • http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/
    • http://www.musicradiocreative.com/podcasters/

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Retaining Campers - CampHacker #51

Keeping campers is much easier than finding new ones

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One of the great tricks of being a good camp director is finding ways to keep campers coming back year after year.

I have heard a number of directors, when I talked to them at conferences, who have said that they feel like they need to add something new and exciting to their program every year.   I know from my own experience that it was never the programs that I remembered each winter when I was at school but it was my counsellors and the other kids that I went to school with - many of whom are still friends today.

Dan, Joe, and Gab share great, easy to implement ideas from their very successful camps.

How to you make sure that as many campers as possible will return year after year?  Please leave us a comment!

 

Tool of the Week – Make yourself a better Camp Director

Travis: Strobist Ducktape Keyfob
Joe: Google Ad Words Grant
(US - http://www.google.com/grants/)  (Canada - http://www.google.ca/intl/en/grants/)
Dan: ACA’s 2013 Emerging Issues Results
Gab: Wireless speaker Bluetooth speaker - Philips Sound Shooter
 

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