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, December 12, 2013

Creating Solitude

Even though we often live and work in places at camp that people describe as peaceful and quiet, it's still easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life. There's always something else to be done...another e-mail to send, another phone call to return, another meeting to attend.

Research has shown, however, that what's critical to creativity is just the opposite of busyness. What we need to be creative is solitude. Time to think. Time to reflect. Time to dream.  How do we create solitude in our lives of busyness?

Consider these five tips:

1. Plan for it and ask for it.

2. Make it a priority in your work and personal life.

3. Teach people you work and live with about the value of quiet time.

4. Carve out quiet spaces in between your busyness activities.

5. Create a daily ritual that promotes quiet time.