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, March 10, 2016

Staying Calm Under Pressure

Being a camp leader can be stressful. Very stressful! Between campers and their parents, our staff and the challenges of managing often aging facilities and infrastructure there is no shortage of  triggers to set off our emotions. Research, however shows that the ability of leaders to remain calm under pressure is linked to positive performance. 

Dr. Travis Bradberry, the author of the bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 suggests ten strategies successful people use to stay calm under pressure. 

#1: They Appreciate What They Have

#2: They Avoid Asking “What If?”

#3: They Stay Positive

#4: They Disconnect

#5: They Limit Their Caffeine Intake

#6: They Sleep

#7: They Squash Negative Self-Talk

#8: They Reframe Their Perspective

#9: They Breathe

#10: They Use Their Support System