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My Night at Camp Champions

Last week I had the extreme pleasure of spending the night at Camp Champions, a traditional overnight camp located on Lake LBJ in the Texas hill country. Given that I am a life-long lover of camp, I was really looking forward to being back out at camp. Here are a few things I learned while I was there. Attitude is everything: There are a few words I can think of to describe the energy and attitude at Camp Champions: encouraging, loving, grateful....

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How often should you update parents during camp and where?

During camp it is absolutely imperative for camps to keep their parents and community updated, but it can certainly become a daunting task when you have to update your internal camp software (campminder, bunk1, etc.), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and the list goes on. I've posted before about how to best create content during camp, but I wanted to share a few additional tips on how much you should be updating your social entities. 1. Update twice a day, collect content...

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Promoting your camp’s crowd funding efforts

A couple of days ago I wrote about how camps can use crowd funding platforms to raise money. Today I am going to go over a couple of ways that camps should promote these crowd funding efforts. 1. Social media platforms: This seems obvious, but you should heavily promote your project on your own social media platforms. Use photos of camp activities and messaging that clearly describes why you are asking for money and allows your community to connect with your cause. 2....

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Resources on social media and summer camps

I've been reading a lot lately about social media and about summer camps in an effort to always be up to date on various ideas. I wanted to quickly share some books and blogs I've been reading for your enjoyment. Books: How Children Succeed by Paul Tough: This book was recommended to me by one of my camp partners as a great way to learn more about child development at summer camp. It goes in depth on developing non-cognitive skills. So far a...

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How can summer camps crowdsource funding?

Gaining additional funding is necessary for non-profit summer camps. It can be a huge task for for-profit summer camps as well. Crowdsourcing platforms allow companies to get the word out about funds they are trying to raise. Summer camps can take advantage of these platforms to crowdsource for their programs. Read more about this below. Some of the best online resources for fundraising are: Indiegogo- There are already quite a few summer camp fundraising efforts going on right now at Indiegogo....

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Google Search Insights for Camps

Google offers summer camps some great tools for learning more about what prospective parents are searching for. One tool, Google Trends, allows you to see what search terms are being searched for at certain times of the year. The image below shows last year's trend for searches using the following terms: summer camp texas (red), summer camp maine (blue) and summer camp new york (yellow). Understanding Google Search Insights could help you boost your website's traffic. The trend lines show what...

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Updated – Save time by hiring a social media consultant for your camp

Social media marketing for summer camps is a full-time job! In fact, when I built out the chart below to estimate how many hours per month a camp should spend on social media, I was stunned to see my estimations top out somewhere around 55 hours per month! This is why hiring a consultant to do social media is so important. In general, the services of Social Summer Camp can take the time spent down to around 15 hours per...

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Twitter Advertising for Summer Camps

Twitter released its self-serve advertising product to the public in April 2013 in an effort to give more small businesses the opportunity to share their message.   For summer camps Twitter advertising can be a great way to: 1. Make sure your important messages get read - We all know how easy it is to miss a tweet! Camps can promote specific tweets in an effort to make sure that they are reaching their current followers. 2. Target potential parents to drive camp sign-ups...

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How to hire a social media consultant for your summer camp

Hiring a social media consultant for your summer camp can be extremely overwhelming. I get asked all sorts of questions by camps who are unsure of the process and benefits of hiring a consultant. Some common objections I hear are: I already have a marketing associate on staff I have a social media intern who is responsible for this We already use social media We don't want to invest in social media because it does not drive our business results These...

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