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.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rocks in a Bucket: A Lesson on Priorities

Start with a bucket, enough big rocks to fill it, some small stones, sand and water.

Put the big rocks in the bucket...is it full?

Put the small stones in around the big rocks...is it full?

Put the sand in and give it a shake...is it full?

Put the water in...now it's full.

The point is that unless you put the big rocks in first, you won't get them in. The small stones, sand and water will fill the space to the point the big rocks won't fit.

When planning how you use your time think about the bucket and the rocks, sand and water. It's essential to start by setting aside time to handle big, important issues (the big rocks.) If you don't, small everyday issues, routine tasks and interruptions (the stones, sand and water) will fill your time (the bucket.) They will prevent you from getting to what's most important and most critical to your success.