What makes some staff truly stand out from the crowd? Jeff Haden writes at inc.com that there are some unique qualities that characterize the truly remarkable employee. Four of the characteristics describe what I've seen in the truly exceptional camp staff members I've worked with. They include:
1. They ignore job descriptions and do whatever is necessary, whether it's their job or not.
2. They speak out when others won't when they see problems or things don't seem right.
3. They like to prove others wrong by doing what others think is unachievable.
4. They are always tinkering with processes, trying to make things better.
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.