Often times as camp professionals we find ourselves facing difficult circumstances. In some cases they are circumstances of our own making. Often times, however, they are circumstances created by others that we're now forced to live with. Decisions of the past, changes in the external environment and other situations beyond our control can change the circumstances in which we lead.
The challenge is to not allow these circumstances control us. It's too easy to fall into the trap of letting where we currently are and what we're experiencing dictate what we do. We become reactive and lead based on the current reality, even though it might be very different from where we want to be.
How do we avoid this trip? The key is vision. We need to be led by the pursuit of a clear picture of future. What we envision for the future rather that where we're at now needs to guide our leadership. Don't be defined by current circumstances but rather by an future ideal we hope to achieve. Today's circumstances are just challenges to be overcome on our way to brighter future.
Keep your eyes on the prize. Focus on vision over circumstances.
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.