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, December 17, 2012


Bob Kelleher argues in his book Creativeship that the traditional model of leadership is outdated. He proposes a new model he calls creativeship. He defines it as as the creation of sustainable cultures and business models. Creativeship allows organizations to compete and thrive in the world of unprecedented technological advances, shifting economic drivers, changing workforce demographics, and vastly different motivational drivers with Gen X. Creativeship involves a number of priorities including: 
Purpose.  Articulating both their “what we do” and their “why we do it.” 

Engagement.  Developing employees who share the organizations values and are passionate about their work.   

Performance.  Creating sustainable cultures of performance at both the organization and individual level is key.  

Innovation. Continuing to evolve their product or service, or internal processes.