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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hot Stove Rules of Disciple

A simple but effective way to think about effective disciple is by picturing a hot stove. Both the stove and effective discipline share four characteristics.

1. Advanced Warning - Like a red hot burner signals danger, it should be obvious to staff what behaviors will result in disciplinary action.   

2. Immediacy - Touching a hot stove immediately results in getting burned. Effective discipline deals with negative behavior as quickly as possible.

3. Impartiality - Regardless of who you are, touching the hot stove has the same negative results. The same should be true of effective discipline.

4. Consistency - The hot burner on a stove delivers the same results time after time. Good discipline is also consistent time after time.