Staff Supervision

Camp Staff Classes, Programs and Trips

Today while I was walking my dog, I had a thought; Camps focus so much on the campers, but what about the staff?

For the campers we have crafts, archery, cooking, aquatics, waterfront activities, ropes course fun, sports, games, mountain biking, special events, and on and on.

If you are a resident camp especially, consider offering classes for your staff during their off-time. Here are some suggestions:

  • Cooking taught by the camp cook
  • Photography
  • Sailing
  • Horse Riding
  • Swimming (not all adults know how to swim)
  • Any kind of certification
  • Chess
  • SCUBA
  • Surfing
  • Bouldering
  • Rock-Climbing
  • Any Circus skill
  • DJing
  • Magic
  • Fencing
  • Jewelery Making
  • Knitting
  • Orienteering
  • Survival
  • Filmmaking
  • Guitar
  • Pottery
  • Astronomy
  • Tomahawk Throwing
  • Parkour

How about putting together a treasure hunt for the staff. The person or team that gets to the treasure first wins:

  • A day off
  • a special dinner
  • a trip to a local attraction
  • an evening off
  • the program director has to wait on their cabin groups table at one of the dinners
  • a special t-shirt
  • choice of cabins
  • $20 at the camp store
  • gift certificate for a local restaurant or Amazon.com

How about renting a bus and taking the staff:

  • bowling
  • to a movie
  • out to dinner
  • to an amusement park
  • on a picnic (complete with kites)
  • to a sporting event
  • to an aquarium
  • to the beach
  • snorkeling
  • rafting
  • paintballing
  • miniature golfing
  • skating
  • to a waterpark
  • to be extras in a film being shot nearby
  • to meet a famous person
  • out for ice cream

What are your class, program or trip ideas for summer staff?

1 Comment

  • One problem that comes of this is that the staffers who teach these classes ALSO need breaks. Some camps manage time better than others when it comes to this, so it;s just something to keep in mind. Also, it depends on how long the staff have off per day. A good equestrian lesson can take your whole break, potentially leaving a staff member without cool-down time for themselves, and without giving the horse a break during the day as well.

    But, it really is a good idea. I’ve worked at camps where you could participate in activities (with or without campers) so long as the activity staff were willing to run it with you and knew ahead of time.

    I am a big fan of activities on weekends, especially for camps where a lot of staff don’t live nearby. Tubing, rafting, horse riding, zip-lining, hiking, road trips, baseball games, etc. They keep everyone happy, give internationals awesome experiences in America, and are often offered at discounts for camp staff!

    On another note, I worked at a camp where little was an issue one summer. A lot of it came from groups who camped on the weekends, instead of the resident campers, which isn’t very nice. Our director left a note on a crumpled piece of paper and just kind of waited for it to get picked up by someone taking litter kapers seriously. The note? “Turn this in to [Director] and get 6 hours of extra down time.”
    Litter wasn’t a problem after that.

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