Today while I was walking my dog, Max 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
  • 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?