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Camp Trends with Kathy Trotter

Camp Trends with Kathy Trotter

Get ready to be swept away as we explore how camps have shaped the past and are shaping the future in an interview with dynamic camp expertise duo: Kathy Trotter and Jody Oates. We want to note that in this interview Kathy references “Christian camps.” This is simply...

The Magic of Art Centers for Camps

The Magic of Art Centers for Camps

The Magic of Art Centers for Camps Summer camp holds a special spot in the hearts of many children. They provide a unique place for campers to explore, learn, and create in a supportive and fun environment. One aspect that adds an extra touch of magic to summer camps...

Strategic Planning: Encouraging Communication

Strategic Planning: Encouraging Communication

Strategic Planning: Encouraging Communication In any business, change is most effective in collaboration with the whole team. When embraced by leadership from the beginning, implementing new systems or procedures will have a positive impact on the organization....

Insights from the 2023 ACA Conference

Insights from the 2023 ACA Conference

Camp Industry Comes Together: Insights from the 2023 ACA Conference This year's 2023 ACA conference had the biggest attendance yet, and was an absolute success. Attendees united with a shared goal of exploring new ways to enrich the camp experience while celebrating...

Practices of a Healthy Board

Practices of a Healthy Board

Practices of a Healthy Board The board of directors is the cornerstone of non-profit camps and retreat centers. When the board fulfills its responsibilities and takes responsibility for continued growth and development, the organization thrives. But, when this doesn’t...

Camp’s Role is Spiritual Growth

Camp’s Role is Spiritual Growth

Camp's Role in Spiritual Growth Previously, we touched on Faith Formation and the idea that camps can play a significant role in spiritual leadership. We brought up the concept that this leadership should extend beyond just summer camp, and follow youth throughout the...

Parking Tips for Camps & Retreat Centers

Parking Tips for Camps & Retreat Centers

Parking Tips for Camps & Retreat Centers Have you ever driven through a maze-like garage or illogically laid-out parking lot and thought, “Who the heck designed this?” It is easy to underestimate the importance of mapping out practical parking and traffic flow...

Executing Strategic Plans

Executing Strategic Plans

Executing Strategic Plans Strategic planning is an in-depth process that sets goals and priorities for an organization by assessing current operations, mapping out strategies for success, and measuring the progress and outcomes. At Kaleidoscope, Inc., our team...

Filtering the Chaos

Filtering the Chaos

Filtering the Chaos Camp leaders are often known for their creative and abundant ideas. It is these ideas that continue to help the organization grow and prosper for many years. However, as more and more ideas flood in, so does the chaos of trying to figure out when,...

Camp’s Role in Faith Formation

Camp’s Role in Faith Formation

Camp's Role in Faith Formation As leaders within the community, faith-based camps have always played a significant role in the spiritual life of our youth. Summer programming is often a place where children can feel connected to their spirituality and others who share...

Fall Planning Options

Fall Planning Options

Fall Planning Options Many schools are back in session and the summer has begun to wind down. Soon, the leaves will be changing color and the crisp fall air will start creeping in. The end of summer means a delicate balance between missing the sunshine and fun and...

The state of camps in 2022

The state of camps in 2022

The state of camps in 2022 Celebrations and Challenges Summer camp has wrapped up and, as always, there are things that we have observed and learned about the state of camps in 2022 from another summer in the water, woods and cabins! We believe that observation is...

From Zero to Sixty

From Zero to Sixty

Camp Leadership: Gratitude for our Predecessors. Having worked with many camps over the years, we’ve come to realize that in order to move forward, you must rely on information from the past.

Soft Skills Camp Leaders Need to Master

Soft Skills Camp Leaders Need to Master

Camp leaders often gain their roles after years of experience working in various other positions in their organization. They gain knowledge and skills specific to the industry and, sometimes even, their specific site through that process. This growth process is especially important in understanding the organization’s site and facilities, fundraising, and program models.

ACA Conference 2022 Recap

ACA Conference 2022 Recap

ACA Conference 2022 Recap   First, before I get into all of the ACA Conference 2022 recap and the amazing things I learned and experienced, I want to thank the Conference Planning Team and ACA staff for putting together an excellent conference. It was so very...

Three Perspectives of Building a Board

Three Perspectives of Building a Board

Three Perspectives of Building a Board   Being a board member is an honor and privilege. I recently concluded a term serving on the national ACA. I also advise many camps on developing, training, and nurturing their boards. As I do this work, I see various...

New Best Practices for Retreat Operations

New Best Practices for Retreat Operations

It’s no secret that best practices change, and circumstances (pandemics, staffing challenges, the economy) force new best practices more quickly. Because of many of these circumstances, retreat centers need to adapt much more often than ever before. The Changing World...

Evaluating the Executive Director

Evaluating the Executive Director

Fact - most camp boards do not do an annual evaluation of their executive director.  Myth: Evaluating an Executive Director is a hard thing to do. Every fall, after the summer season has been tucked in and put to bed, there is a natural transition to a new...

What to Do When Your Camp is in Crisis

What to Do When Your Camp is in Crisis

Back in April, we did an article on The State of Camps. In that piece, we noted a pattern we saw in camps squarely in the “have” or “have not” categories. There wasn’t much in between.  Even now, this trend continues. We are still getting regular calls from camps in...

Fall Reset for Camp Leadership

Fall Reset for Camp Leadership

It's widely known that the summer camp season wipes out even physically strong and emotionally resilient leaders. Camp leaders work long, hard hours doing physically demanding tasks and supporting staff and campers through growing and sometimes challenging situations....

Summer is the time to dream.

Summer is the time to dream.

It’s blissful - that perfect moment when the chaos of all of the planning and training come together and it just works.  That moment in the summer when the busy-ness calms down can sometimes catch us off-guard. But it almost always happens for camp leaders. There...