Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Making Ethical Decisions

At some point in time all of us face situations that challenge us to make tough choices. Whether with campers, parents or our staff, we'll eventually find ourselves struggling to decide what's the right thing to do. Over the years I've seen a number of tools to help leaders make ethical decisions. One I find useful is contained in Ken Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale's excellent book The Power of Ethical Management. Blanchard and Peale suggest asking yourself three questions as you consider each of your options. The questions are: is it legal,  is it balanced and how will it make me feel about myself?