Hi, I really need help from you guys. My home camp along with another camp that I've worked at is no longer having staff led sessions as of the end of this summer. We need more girls to come to camp so we can re-open as a resident camp! Does anybody have any advertisement or fund raising ideas? Please, anything would help. I've been attending this camp as a camper and then a staff member for a total of fifteen years. This place is my home. :(
I wish I had an easy fix-all. Unfortunately, in my experience, advertising is the best thing possible. I think the long term goal for all camp people is to get more people interested in camping because it has fallen out of fashion in favor of specialty day camps. In spite of our vast followership, we are a minority experience. I think the advertising that has worked best is when people focus on individual positive experiences, telling stories that go beyond “I climbed a mountain” or “I made great friends”. Explain why these moments were so monumental to you and your fellow campers/staff. The sheer amount of skills, both activity and life pertinent, that I have gained from camp is remarkable but that opportunity is often trivialized instead of expanded upon.
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I'm replying to your search for a counselor position. If you will consider North Carolina, there are 3 good Girl Scout camps (you dont have to be a girl scout) There is Camp Graham, which is mostly a waterfront camp on the lake and they have a horse camp. There is Camp Mary Atkinson, which is partially air conditioned, and is mainly a horse camp. Then there is Camp Hardee, which is mostly an ocean based camp. There is also Camp of the Pines in Florida. Hope this helps.
I think it can work but it really depends on the people who are involved. I’ve worked on staff with different couples and the ones who did it best knew that their relationship took a backseat to their job. The campers weren’t able to tell that they were dating because they interacted the way the rest of staff did. I think the key is to remember that your relationship should never affect the work you’re doing and it should never distract you from watching a camper.
Two of the three Girl Scout resident camps in Colorado were shut down this summer because of forest fires, and that's just the Girl Scout camps. Please send all your kind thoughts to Colorado's camps and forests, and anyone else impacted by wildfires this summer!
Everyone keep these camps in your thoughts, I’m sure there are others.