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Camp Administration 101

Camp Administration 101
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Camp Administration 101: Planning
Camp Administration 101: Planning
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Camp Administration 101: Communication
Camp Administration 101: Communication
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Camp Administration 101: Budgeting
Camp Administration 101: Budgeting
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Camp Administration 101: Camp Schedules
Camp Administration 101: Camp Schedules
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Camp Administration 101: Camper Supervision
Camp Administration 101: Camper Supervision
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Camp Administration 101: Coordinating Activities Part 2
Camp Administration 101: Coordinating Activities Part 2
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Camp Administration 101: Camper Conflict
Camp Administration 101: Camper Conflict
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Camp Administration 101: Camp Activities Part 1
Camp Administration 101: Camp Activities Part 1
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Camp Administration 101: Parent Complaints
Camp Administration 101: Parent Complaints
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Camp Administration 101: Discipline
Camp Administration 101: Discipline
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Camp Administration 101: Staff Training and Education
Camp Administration 101: Staff Training and Education
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Camp Administration 101: Field Trips
Camp Administration 101: Field Trips
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Camp Administration 101: Swimming at Camp
Camp Administration 101: Swimming at Camp
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Camp Administration 101: Staying Organized at Camp
Camp Administration 101: Staying Organized at Camp
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Camp Administration 101: Risk Management
Camp Administration 101: Risk Management
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Camp Administration 101: Fundraising
Camp Administration 101: Fundraising
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Camp Administration 101:  Camp Documents
Camp Administration 101: Camp Documents
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Camp Administration 101: Rewards and Recognition
Camp Administration 101: Rewards and Recognition
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Camp Administration 101: Bullying
Camp Administration 101: Bullying
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Camp Administration 101: Survey and Evaluate
Camp Administration 101: Survey and Evaluate
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Camp Administration 101

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Camp App Guides and Tutorials.

Camp App users make sure to review our guides, tutorials, and FAQ’s to maximize your experience with the Camp App!

Education

American Camp Association

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Because of our diverse 12,000 plus membership and our exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living — lessons that can be learned nowhere else.

National Recreation and Parks Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, healthy and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. NRPA advances this vision by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals as a catalyst for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being.

State Recreation and Parks Associations

Each state has their own Recreation and Parks Association to provide resources, support, training, continuing education, and networking opportunities for those in the industry. Click here for a directory listing of each state's association and get involved with your state association today!

National Summer Learning Association

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is a national, non-profit organization focused on the powerful impact of one achievable goal: investing in summer learning to help close the achievement gap. NSLA uses the power of research, advocacy, training, and policy to transform America’s neighborhoods and communities, one child at a time.

Association of Camp Nursing

ACN is the leading voice in camp healthcare. Since 1994 we have been providing educational resources for all aspects of camp health services. ACN developed the scope and standards of camp nursing practice, leads the way in camp health research and is proud to collaborate with other organizations as we help create healthy camp communities.

Wallace Foundation Summer Learning Tool Kit

With more than 50 evidence-based tools and resources drawn from the work of five urban school districts and their partners, and aligned with research from RAND—the Summer Learning Toolkit helps educators deliver programs that make a real difference.

Harmony SEL

Available at no cost, Harmony is a social emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students designed to foster communication, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom and develop boys and girls into compassionate and caring adults.

Go Camp Pro

Go Camp Pro is a community of camp professionals & a collection of resources for Camp Mavericks. We are dedicated to saving you time & helping you exceed your mission.

Summer Camp Con

Summer Camp Con (SCampCon) is a virtual conference for summer camp professionals. It was created to be an alternative for those who could not attend typical camp conferences due to finances, time or travel.

Summer Camp Pro

Summer Camp programming ideas, resources, podcast, blog, and more!

Redwoods Camp Safety Resource Library

Redwoods collects a lot of insights from incident report data and shares those insights with you and your staff to help improve safety in your organization. Our goal is to arm communities with the best tools for prevention. Together, we can build safer communities.

PBS Camp Media and Activity Resources

Whether you're looking for music and dance activities, science experiments, family-friendly adventures, or learning about animals, you will find media and activity resources in the Camp PBS LearningMedia collection. We’ve gathered fun, exploratory resources for you to use as you plan summer fun.

Boy Scouts of America Camp Resources Page

This page is meant to have a place for directors of local council camps to access a variety of resources that may help your camp operation. Many of these resources are on the public domain and are not affiliated with the BSA. We do not endorse any of these, we are simply listing here as a reference for you.

ADL Camp Guides

The ADL has compiled anti-bias and bullying prevention resources with strategies and information that can help camps realize their potential in providing a rich, harmonious and respectful camp experience for all.

Bullying Prevention Training Center

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. The Bullying Prevention Training Module Presentation is a research-based resource that can help you lead bullying prevention efforts in your local community.

CDC Summer Camp Readiness and Planning Tool

This tool provides four checklists and a resources list that camp and youth program administrators can use to operate camps while preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting campers, their families, staff, and communities. This tool aligns with the CDC’s Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps during COVID-19.

LEAD Camp Resources

LEAD’s mission is to provide training and curriculum to strengthen mental health literacy, promote lifelong well-being, and build community resilience. LEAD empowers individuals with no-fluff mental health & diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice (DEIJB) education to proactively improve their wellbeing and build resilient workplace communities.

Training and Consulting

The Summer Camp Society

We believe in the power of camp. Summer camp should be a place where we can create the world we want our kids to live in and help inspire them to re-imagine what is possible when they leave. You create that every summer and we want to help! When you get more done with less stress, you can focus on what matters, which is making camp better and getting more kids to camp.

The Sherry Group

With combined experience of over 70 years in non-profit and camp work, we provide supportive consulting, coaching, planning and guidance to organizations like yours to grow in your unique mission and goals. We know all too well the experienced heart warmth and heartache, hilltops and valleys when it comes to non-profit work. We want to be in that with you as you strive for cultivating growth.

Summer Camp Guy

As a former YMCA Camp Director, Drew Demery (That Summer Camp Guy) knows the challenges that come with organizing and leading a top notch camp staff training. Money is tight, resources are slim and there never seems to be enough time. That Summer Camp Guy is here to help. Not only can our services save you precious time, money and effort but they also offer peace of mind by knowing that your staff have been trained to the highest standards of quality.

Social Summer Camp

Social Summer Camp provides the tools and expertise that summer camps and schools need to build, manage, and monetize social media campaigns. Since every program is different, we dig in to discover what makes yours unique, then design effective advertising and social media campaigns to achieve your goals.

Expert Online Training

Leadership by example. Educational videos for youth development professionals.

Youth Development Pro Training and Consulting

Empathy is the focus in all of our consulting. If you can put yourself in the shoes of the children and families you are asked to care for, you will show the ability to change lives. The highest quality of program design, fiscal management and self care are hallmarks of a great leader. Combining these skills with empathy, will light your way to impacting the world around us.

Camp Consulting Services

Joanna has earned a reputation for a pragmatic business style and ethical management. She has presented keynote addresses, seminars and workshops for industry associations serving diverse populations. Joanna has collaborated with day, resident, not-for-profit and private camps. She is regarded as a practical problem solver who seeks mission-supporting solutions that respect the individuals involved.

Activities

Ultimate Camp Resource

One of the biggest responsibilities of a quality program is all of the planning and preparation that take place during the “off-season.” Our goal is simple: Provide free resources for camp staff to improve summer programming, or simply…make your life easier!

Playworks

Playworks is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit respected for our evidence-informed services and strategic approach to scale. Now, we are looking beyond the schools that we serve to help 3.5 million students in 7,000 schools experience safe and healthy play every day.

PE Games

PE Games is dedicated to keeping kids active and engaged during physical activity, whether it is in the gym, outside or in the classroom. In this, the day and age of video games, phones and the like, it has never been more important, or necessary, to get our kids moving. The key, however, is to make sure that they are always having fun while doing it.

Patchwork Marketplace

Patchwork is an online marketplace where camp and recreation professionals share their expertise, insights and original resources through paid and free downloadable products.

News and Blogs

Camp Business

At Camp Business, we know some of life's best moments happen in a day camp or overnight children's camp. We know you provide the games, songs, play spaces and programs that allow your community to re-connect with nature, connect with old friends, make new friends and find balance. Our job is to help. We share your ideas, solutions and stories with the camp industry. Want to get involved? Take a moment to start your free subscription. Then, consider submitting a story of your own. It's that easy. Welcome to the family!

Park and Recreation Business

At Parks & Rec Business (PRB), we know some of life's best moments happen in a public park or recreation program. We know you provide the open space, trails, play spaces and recreation programs that allow your community to re-connect with nature, connect with old friends, make new friends and find balance. Our job is to help. We share your ideas, solutions and stories with the entire parks and recreation community. Want to get involved? Take a moment to start your free subscription. Then, consider submitting a story of your own. It's that easy. Welcome to the family!

Community Rec Magazine

Community Rec Magazine is published bimonthly by Peake Media. For more than 16 years, Peake Media has been educating and empowering health and fitness professionals by providing best practice business resources. In 2019, we introduced Community Rec Magazine, a free business resource for YMCAs, JCCs and community rec centers.

Camping Magazine

Learn the skills you need to succeed. Camping Magazine is your primary source for the most recent trends in the camp industry-the latest research in the field of youth development-critical management tools and innovative programming ideas. Camping Magazine is the official publication of the American Camp Association

NRPA Parks and Recreation Magazine

Parks and Recreation Magazine put together by the National Recreation and Parks Association.

NRPA Open Spaces Blog

Parks and Recreation Blog put together by the National Recreation and Parks Association.

Summer Camp Culture

Since Oct. 30, 2010, the Summer Camp Culture blog has collected pop cultural artifacts depicting and celebrating the life and culture of the summer camp

Arts and Crafts

Podcasts

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