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, May 10, 2012

Organizational Culture

Organizational culture plays a key role in influencing how a camp operates. It defines the unique personality and characteristics of a camp. According to Ravasi and Schultz, organizational culture is a set of shared mental assumptions that guide interpretation and action in organizations by defining appropriate behavior for various situations. Edgar Schein, a management professor at MIT, has identified five ways in which organizations, such as camps, can create, maintain and strengthen their organizational culture.

1. What leaders pay attention to, measure and control.
2. Leader reactions to critical incidents.
3. Deliberate role modeling, teaching and coaching.
4. Criteria for allocation of rewards and status.
5. Criteria for recruitment, selection, promotion and retention.