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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Building Trust

Building and maintaining trust is critical to being effective in a leadership role. In his book Winning with People, John Maxwell suggests five principles for building mutual trust.

The Bedrock Principle: Trust is the foundation of any relationship.
The Situation Principle: Never let the situation mean more than the relationship.
The Bob Principle: When Bob has a problem with everyone, Bob is usually the problem.
The Approachability Problem: Being at ease with ourselves helps others be at ease with us.
The Foxhole Principle: When preparing for battle, dig a hole big enough for two.