How do I affect change?

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In my life, my work, my family, my goals and my mind? How do I affect change that will be meaningful, long lasting and help to make that world a better place? I started my 10th year at Pearce Williams today. What does the future hold for me? As change is happening at camp – the new barn, Hume’s Hall, World Camp, Farm Camp – my mind is always wondering what it next and how can we continue to stay at the front of the change. This year at camp…read more

A guide to show them the way…

Posted by in camping, future of camping, Think About Camp

I am just getting ready to speak to the 4-H Ontario Conference. Working through the slides, the words and the stories reminds me of how my brain works. My brain goes everywhere. When I am preparing to do a keynote of this nature, the words I write down are really a guide to show me the way, not the only things I will say, but potential things I will say. I hope that we give our campers and staff a guide to show them the way. We can’t tell them…read more

It all starts at the top.

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Can you help me?

Posted by in camping, staff training

The thing I want most in life is to be a camp counsellor. I need your help. I need you to help shape and form me – help me understand what the campers need and how I can give it to them. Help me understand that I will make mistakes, and that I will also learn from those mistakes. Help me grow up and understand that I’m not a camper, but to remember what it was like to be a camper so I can use those memories to become the…read more

What are you doing to make sure your camp is going to be here for years to come?

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If we always do what we always did, we will always get what we always got. Summer Camps need to change and adapt. As demographics change, the concept of “summer camp” is being left behind. More and more camps recognize that we are not getting new populations coming to camp. This is the biggest challenge facing the camping industry. Change is hard and difficult. If we do not somehow reach new clients and form new partnerships, the concept of “summer camp” may become a thing of the past – a…read more