In this unprecedented and uncertain time, things have undoubtedly shifted and plans have needed to be altered, moving what's normally a live experience to computer screens and tablets.
Camp directors across the country are now wondering what a virtual or remote summer camp is—and how could they go about starting one. Thankfully, the American Camp Association, a nationwide leader in the camp industry for close to 25 years, has made available a step-by-step guide for creating a plan and operating a virtual summer camp.
The guide offers tips and goes into detail about these topics:
- What is a virtual summer camp and what does it even represent?
- Step 1: Time to set priorities and focus on how and where your valuable time should be spent.
- Step 2: Eliminate the tasks and responsibilities you no longer have to worry about.
- Step 3: Define your virtual camp model.
- Address the stereotypes.
- Redefine value and create more of it.
- Beware of surveying parents before you begin to plan your virtual camp.
- Set the proper expectations to families.
- Consider setting up a weekend orientation for parents and campers to join and practice using the video platform for virtual camp.
- Define your camper (customer). Try not to be everything to everyone.
- Create value with the three Cs: Connections, Culture and Communication.
- Exceed expectations. Add additional and included activities for campers and/or camper families.
- Hire for personality and energy. Yes, even for technology.
- Be very careful how you plan the camper day or session.
- Promote non-screen-time activities at the end of each session.
- Provide daily challenges for campers.
To view the guide in its entirety, click here.
Courtesy of NAA.