What are you doing differently THIS SUMMER?
Happy January and happy 2017! If you're anything like Joe, that means that the summer of 2017 is already preparing to sneak up on you. It's a New Year and people all around the world have made (and possibly already broken) New Year's Resolutions for themselves. These changing of the calendar prompts people to "shake things up" a bit in their lives. As Camp Pros, we don't need a prompt. We live the life of resolutions for our camps in an effort to grow, maintain, gain and/or reach more people.
This episode is all about one resolution that is likely more uncomfortable, but also more achievable than "eating more veggies" - Be Different This Summer.
The best part about this resolution is that you already know what you have to do. Just like the campers that we serve, our camps need to grow. It is essential that our camps, programs and even our mindset towards the organization grow by consistently asking ourselves, what can we do differently that will help us to best serve our camp and our campers. Take note that we're not asking you what you're going to do "better", because you're already going to do that. What this episode is interested in is how you're going to shake things up, rattle the cages and roll out something, well, different than you've ever done before.
CampHackers Travis Joe and Gab are joined by Neva Batzell from 4-H Florida to share not only how they're being different this summer but how you can do it too. This is a great episode to put your "what if" hat on and we hope you enjoy it.
Maybe your different is looking at the limitations of your site or program and flipping the script and making those limitations into your biggest area of growth; the story of Paperfuge that we mention on this show is exactly this idea. Also see - A Beautiful Constraint.
So whether it's your philosophy, your staff structure or your program (or all 3 and beyond), we wish you the best and encourage you to make 2017 a year of great, different camping! Also, know that you're not alone as your thinking differently. The CampHacker and Go Camp Pro team have your back if you need that extra spark of inspiration or kick in the pants.
Because we're nosey...ahem...curious...what are you planning on doing differently this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director
Travis: Service Fanatics - James Merlino - (also used books on Amazon)
Joe: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss - A book containing the best purchases, ideas and thoughts from leaders around the world. Also, from Tim's Blog: Testing The “Impossible”: 17 Questions That Changed My Life
Gabz: Unsplash - Free "do whatever your want" high-res images
Neva: My Fitness Pal - Health, food and exercise tracking app
- Travis Allison, Summer Camp Consultant - CampHacker.TV, Founder at Go Camp Pro
- Neva Batzell, State Camping Program Coordinator - UF IFAS 4-H Youth Development