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, February 11, 2013

I Don't

How often do you hear staff members or campers say "I can't" in the face of an impending challenge. I can't implies the lack of innate ability to accomplish something. It reflects an attitude of resignation. The person who says "I can't" believes they are incapable.

As a camp leader we need to challenge the "I can't" attitude. Usually I can't really means I don't. I don't know how, I don't have the resources I need or I don't want to. All of these I don'ts can be changed to I cans. Unlike I can't, I don't implies there is something missing that can be obtained to lead to success. We are in control and can take responsibility for overcoming the I don't

As a leader help your staff and campers turn I can't into I don't.