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Summer camp directors have been asking for more focussed leadership &staff training resources. Featuring 3 of the top trainers in the summer camp industry: Beth Allison, Gabrielle Raill and Ruby Compton, Go Camp Pro is pleased to present Camp Code.

Camp Code - Leadership & Staff Training Podcast for Camp Directors Go Camp Pro & Beth Allison, Gabrielle Raill, Ruby Compton

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Summer camp directors have been asking for more focussed leadership &staff training resources. Featuring 3 of the top trainers in the summer camp industry: Beth Allison, Gabrielle Raill and Ruby Compton, Go Camp Pro is pleased to present Camp Code.

    The Industry is Struggling…What’s Next? - Camp Code #109

    The Industry is Struggling…What’s Next? - Camp Code #109

    Find full show notes and links at: https://camphacker.tv/camp-code/the-industry-is-struggling
    This needs to be sustainable, for us, for our staff and for our organizations.Sometimes it feels like the challenges of being a camp professional are too impossible to overcome. You are not alone in feeling this way. Today, Gabz, Beth and IRubytalk about the ever-changing and uncertain landscape of the world and how camp can survive as we move forward.
    The world around us continues to get busier, with increased tensions both socially and culturally. Yet, we continue to believe that the camp experience is one of the most life-changing opportunities in a young person’s life. Camp allows individuals to be loved for the person they are and allows people to adapt, grow, change and learn from their mistakes. 
    If you have a story, share it! Camp stories allow you to connect with others, it allows people unfamiliar with camp to learn about the opportunity for their children. Camps also need your help! If you have a story you are willing to share, please bring it to https://Thankstocamp.ca
    As we close out the latest season of Camp Code, we wish everyone a fun summer filled with magic and adventures for your campers. As leaders, go out and help to shape the future of your new staff and create new memories for your campers. Thanks for the season, friends! 

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    Best Practice for Leadership TrainingFrom Ruby
    You owe it to yourself to be organized! Create yourself a spreadsheet of everything you order, complete with notes, current prices and links to the product. Your future self will thank you! Ruby usually builds her lists in the fall once camp is done and when it comes time to order supplies, the links are readily available, making the process much easier for you!

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    Your Hosts:Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - Go Camp ProRuby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby OutdoorsGabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau-
    Thanks to our sponsor…UltraCamp
    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if your registration software gave you MORE time? With UltraCamp, you can track attendance, manage staff applications, streamline registration, and much more. Get back the time you need to focus on what is really important: CAMP! Find out more at ultracampmanagement.com/campcode/

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    9 Things You Must Do With Your First Year Staff - Camp Code #108

    9 Things You Must Do With Your First Year Staff - Camp Code #108

    Find full show notes and links at: https://camphacker.tv/camp-code/9-things-you-must-do-with-your-first-year-staff
    You probably have more new staff than ever, here’s how to set them (and yourself!) up for success!Training season is almost here. This summer, we want to be sure our new staff members are set up for success. Here are our top tips for doing just that.
    Make them feel like you’ve been waiting all year for them to arrive. Send a link the day before with instructions for when they arrive on the camp road. With return staff, reverse engineer and imagine what the last day of camp will look like AND THEN, have them think through how do we accomplish that vision starting with when staff arriveGive them space to let home know they have made it okay and then take away their technologyBring your returning staff in before the new staffCreate times for new staff to show skills that they haveHave multiple avenues for asking questionsProvide them with a support system!Reinforce the idea that not everyone will remember everything from staff training, then show them the transformation of what they learn now compared to before trainingDo camp chores together!-
    We hope you love this episode of Camp Code! If you do, please consider subscribing to the show, and leaving us a rating in your Podcast app. It’s SO easy, just head to https://ratethispodcast.com/campcode

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    Best Practice for Leadership TrainingFrom Gabz (Borrowed from Claudes Cameron)
    Bring your staff together! One thing you can do is offer old camp swag to new staff members. Staff could donate what they wanted to the campership fund. The asking price was $1. Doing this gives new staffers old camp swag, giving the perception that they have always belonged to that camp. 

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    Your Hosts:Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - Go Camp ProRuby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby OutdoorsGabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau-
    Thanks to our sponsor…UltraCamp
    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if your registration software gave you MORE time? With UltraCamp, you can track attendance, manage staff applications, streamline registration, and much more. Get back the time you need to focus on what is really important: CAMP! Find out more at ultracampmanagement.com/campcode/

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    Setting Guest Speakers Up for Success - Camp Code #107

    Setting Guest Speakers Up for Success - Camp Code #107

    Find full show notes and links at: https://camphacker.tv/camp-code/setting-guest-speakers-up-for-success
    You treat everyone in your camp community with intention and care…do you do the same with the guest speakers you bring to training?If you are utilizing guest speakers this year, you want to listen to this episode. As folks who have both hosted guest speakers and people who HAVE BEEN the visiting speaker, we have some opinions to share.

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    Best Practice for Leadership TrainingFrom Gabrielle Raill:
    When you are planning, compare your core objectives with your list of training sessions. If a session doesn’t meet at least 70% of your core objectives, then don’t do it during training or change HOW you run it so you meet your core objectives.

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    Your Hosts:Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - Go Camp ProRuby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby OutdoorsGabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau-
    Thanks to our sponsor…UltraCamp
    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if your registration software gave you MORE time? With UltraCamp, you can track attendance, manage staff applications, streamline registration, and much more. Get back the time you need to focus on what is really important: CAMP! Find out more at ultracampmanagement.com/campcode/

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    Acknowledging White Privilege in Training - Camp Code #106

    Acknowledging White Privilege in Training - Camp Code #106

    Find full show notes and links at: https://camphacker.tv/camp-code/white-privilege-at-training
    Our staff are ready for this conversation…are you?White privilege is real and it’s everywhere, even at summer camp. Join us today as we talk about what we can do about it. But first, here’s our disclaimer: We are looking at this through the lens of three white individuals and our focus today is to encourage white folks to do the work.

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    Best Practice for Leadership TrainingFrom Beth - Credit to Peggy McIntosh
    Peggy McIntosh is the founder of the seed project and says that in order to understand the way privilege works, you have to be able to see patterns and systems in social life but you also have to care about individual experiences. One’s own individual experience is sacred, testifying to it is very important but so is seeing that it is set in a framework outside of one’s personal experience that is much bigger and has repetitive statistical patterns in it. In an article by Harpers Bazaar, Peggy shares 20 everyday examples of white privilege that are taken advantage of to shed light on some of the realities experienced in real life. The full list of examples curated by Peggy McInstosh can be found at nationalseedproject.org. Have your staff break into small groups and talk about these examples. 
    Another example is Learningforjustice.org which has a toolkit and resources that can be used to help facilitate camp training.
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    Your Hosts:Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - Go Camp ProRuby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby OutdoorsGabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau-
    Thanks to our sponsor…UltraCamp
    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if your registration software gave you MORE time? With UltraCamp, you can track attendance, manage staff applications, streamline registration, and much more. Get back the time you need to focus on what is really important: CAMP! Find out more at ultracampmanagement.com/campcode/

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    Mid-Season Inservice Training - Camp Code #105

    Mid-Season Inservice Training - Camp Code #105

    Find full show notes and links at: https://camphacker.tv/camp-code/inservice-training
    One of the best ways to dedicate your team to continuous improvement!Believe it or not, staff training doesn’t end on the last day of your orientation. In fact, a great strategy to keep staff engaged, motivated, and excited throughout the summer–and fight off those mid-summer-slumps–is to continually offer training and learning opportunities as the season progresses. 
    Today’s episode focuses on some of our best ideas for conducting training throughout the summer.

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    Best Practice for Leadership TrainingFrom Ruby
    Collect information from your staff! One way that I did it was that I would put up a piece of paper that is in the staff lounge/workspace within easy access for all staff and ask the questions “What would you’d like to be discussed during the next staff meeting?” By doing it this way, staff could anonymously fill them out and then I could choose things that were important for the next meeting. Often, I would bring up the topics and check them off on a list in front of the staff to show the staff that I value their feedback.

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    Your Hosts:Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - Go Camp ProRuby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby OutdoorsGabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau-
    Thanks to our sponsor…UltraCamp
    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if your registration software gave you MORE time? With UltraCamp, you can track attendance, manage staff applications, streamline registration, and much more. Get back the time you need to focus on what is really important: CAMP! Find out more at ultracampmanagement.com/campcode/

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    What to Do When Your Lose Your Dream Team - Camp Code #104

    What to Do When Your Lose Your Dream Team - Camp Code #104

    Find full show notes and links at: https://camphacker.tv/camp-code/lose-your-dream-team
    It’s one of those, not “if” but “when” types of situations…As camp directors, we’ve all had THAT summer where many of our senior staff and our reliable leaders have started their life beyond camp. When we lose our reliable staff, we have to reset and revisit our needs at camp. Beth, Gabz and Ruby have all been there and have curated a to-do list to help leaders adjust for a summer with new staff. 
    Below are a few highlights and to take in all the insights. Have a listen today! 
    Revisit your job descriptions and evaluate the needs of what you are looking forAdjust the positions and required training to meet your realitiesReach out to those dream team employees to learn what did/did not workLeverage online meetups to train new members of your team and develop your foundationPrepare to provide extra support to new leadersUse mentorship (previous staff members) who can come in to support the new leadersConsider dynamic duos for leadership roles-
    We hope you love this episode of Camp Code! If you do, please consider subscribing to the show, and leaving us a rating in your Podcast app. It’s SO easy, just head to https://ratethispodcast.com/campcode

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    Best Practice for Leadership TrainingFrom Gabrielle:
    Before Gabz comes to camp, she writes down the names of staff members on a thank you card and then set a timeline on when she needs to distribute them. Writing the names at the beginning of camp training helps keep her accountable on reflecting and thanking each of her staff members and recognizes how grateful she is to be surrounded by your staff. 

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    Your Hosts:Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - Go Camp ProRuby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby OutdoorsGabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau-
    Thanks to our sponsor…UltraCamp
    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if your registration software gave you MORE time? With UltraCamp, you can track attendance, manage staff applications, streamline registration, and much more. Get back the time you need to focus on what is really important: CAMP! Find out more at ultracampmanagement.com/campcode/

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