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 3, 2015

When Things Go Wrong

At some point in time things go wrong at any camp. No matter how well you plan, organize and supervise, occasionally things won't go the way you want them to happen. Staff members make mistakes. The unexpected occurs. Circumstances change. Events beyond your control impact your plans.
How do you respond as a leader when things go wrong? Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead From Within suggests we remember 10 key points when faced with trouble:

1. Positivity fuels productivity.
2. There's no progress without action, and no action without risk.
3. Change is the only constant.
4. Keep your eyes wide open.
5. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
6. Be the driver.
7. Failure is necessary.
8. You can have results or excuses, but not both.
9. Hold tight to your beliefs and values.
10. Persistence and determination prevail.