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, August 20, 2012

What Young Leaders Need to Hear

Developing young leaders is one of most important responsibilities of a camp director. Much of our success depends on the effective leadership of the young people who serve as front line leaders at our camps.

Stephanie Lischke and Joel Wright from the Center for Creative Leadership recently wrote about four messages that young leaders need to hear. 
  1. Think "process," not "position."  Leadership is a process rather than a position.Young leaders need to lead, regardless of their position in the camp. They need to ask themselves how can I contribute to the camp's leadership process. 
  2. Understand your leadership brand. Like a product, leaders have a brand. It reflects who they are perceived to be as a leader. It develops through the way leaders behave and interact with others. Young leaders need to be aware of and monitor their leadership brand. 
  3. Take control. Young leaders need to recognize they are in charge of their leadership brand. They need to know how they can change their brand. They should look for opportunities both at camp and beyond to identify opportunities to learn as grow as a leader..
  4. Know you can make a difference. Young leaders need to know that their leadership matters. It matters to the camp staff they lead and to the camp as a whole. It matters to the success they'll have in their careers. It will matter, however, only if they choose to exercise that leadership.