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.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Decision Making: Who to Involve?

When making changes that involve the entire camp, one of the challenges is determining who should be involved in the decision making process. A helpful tool is the RACI process. RACI is an acronym for a four step process for clarifying who to involve and at what level when making decisions.

The R is for responsible. Who will develop a recommendation after gathering information and weighing options? Who is the doer?

The A stands for approval. Who needs to sign off on the decision? Who is in "the buck stops here" position?

The C is for consult. Who needs to be consulted about the impact of the change and implementation? Who needs to be kept in the loop?

The I is for inform. Who needs to know about the change once the decision has been made? Who needs to be aware?