How to Make your Camp Organization Systems a Breeze

photo credit JotForm.com

In preparing for my own summer at camp this year, I’ve been thinking of how the people under my supervision organize themselves. Usually, I find a new supervisor spends the first 7-10 days of camp trying to figure out their “system” of organization. In the past, this system has taken on forms of binders, small notebooks, laptops or ipads, smartphones, writing on the back of the hand, or just trying to remember it all.

To combat this time drain of trial and error, this summer I’ll be presenting our young and/or new supervisors just 2 systems of how to best organize themselves; this includes ways to keep track of notes on campers, keeping track of a to-do list, and keeping schedules/bunk lists in order. Once a young supervisor has a system they’ve committed to, they are welcome to make alterations to it to make it their own system.

While I won’t impose my own “systems” on you,  our friends at JotForm have shared with us their go-to forms/tools for helping camps best organize themselves for opening day and beyond.

Camp directors, take note — these tools are here to make your life easier.

JotForm — for quick and easy information gathering

Looking for a user friendly place for forms specific to your camp?  JotForm summer camp registration forms aren’t just great for the initial gathering of information or for facilitating quick and easy payments.JotForm also makes it easy to share this data so your camp counselors have all the information they need when they need it.

Camper information can be easily converted through  PDF Editors to create handouts for staff or name tags for participants. Come opening day, the last thing you want to worry about is hunting down those name tags because they’ve been lost in the digital abyss.

And because JotForm provides HIPAA-compliant forms for camps, parents can rest assured that their children’s personal and health information is secure.

 

Talmundo — to streamline the onboarding process

As with any job, summer camps require employee onboarding. This will likely happen before the camp actually opens. But when starting a summer camp, it’s an important process to keep in mind.

To be sure the process is smooth and efficient — and doesn’t run over into the first day of camp — use Talmundo.

Talmundo is a great way to destress and improve the onboarding process for all parties — both employers and employees. This digital platform comes equipped with all the bells and whistles to give employees a streamlined experience.

They get a rundown of the rules, their responsibilities, the camp itself, and more without you having to hold their hands and walk them through the process. This saves you time, freeing you up to tackle the big tasks coming your way on day one of summer camp.

Evernote — so you can keep your thoughts in order

There are hundreds of things going on inside a camp manager’s head: concerns about camper safety, what employees are doing (or not), and how to inspire your young charges.

Sometimes, the best ideas come to us in the weirdest of times, like when we’re in a budget meeting that never seems to end.

But with Evernote, you can easily take notes, create checklists, and make sure nothing gets lost or forgotten.

Everyone needs something to take them out of the craziness of it all — and this platform lets you relax your mind and focus your thoughts.

Evernote is an essential tool for a smooth opening day. You’ll be stressed, busy, and probably a little sweaty. But at least you can write it all down before you lose it to the void!

Trello — to keep everyone on track

Trello is a project management tool that lets you keep an eye on the status of all your open tasks, activities, meetings, and more.

Trello cards can be shared with employees for group tasks. But this tool is also great for keeping track of your own tasks.

Trello can help you break down a project into separate parts so you know what you need to accomplish, where you need to be, and what fires to put out before it’s too late.

And believe me, there will be fires.

 

Google Calendar — to make sure everyone knows when lunch is

Everyone has to eat, right?

Google Calendar is an easy, free, and intuitive platform that all camp employees are sure to understand.

It can be hard keeping everyone on track. And it can be hard to remember what task comes next and where the next meeting is.

Google Calendar keeps you accountable. And it keeps all of your employees ready to take the day by storm, making the first day at camp successful for everyone.

Thanks to our friends at JotForm for sharing their ideas – we’ve used all but one of the tools they’ve mentioned and I have to agree with them; there is a place for each of these tools in camp if you are searching for a better organizational method.

 

 

 

A Tip A Day To Get The Most Out of Your CampStaff Accounts

This week, we’ll be sending you a tip each day to help you make the most out of your CampStaff and CampStaffNurses accounts.

Here at CampStaff, we spend a lot of time talking to the camps that use our services. We want to share with you what works best for camps so that you may make the most out of our sites.

**These tips work for both CampStaff and CampStaffNurses, but for the purposes of the tips this week, I’ll just write “CampStaff” (it gets to be too much reading when I write CampStaff/CampStaffNurses….see what I mean?)

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We constantly analyze our data and the numbers don’t lie; the camps that are on CampStaff actively seeking staff daily (or almost daily) are the camps finding great staff year after year.  One of our most successful camps logs in almost daily to tweak their descriptions and to actively search for their job needs.

Remember, CampStaff/CampStaffNurses are two-way searchable databases. So, while staff can seek camps, they may also register and wait for you to find them. So, camps need to be pro-actively seeking out staff, too!  We’ve seen a shift over the past 5 years; while the numbers of seekers registering with us has remained constant, the number of emails that seekers send to camps has gone down. We know that this is a job seeker’s market and we know that job seekers are waiting for you to find them and contact them. Ten years ago we saw seekers reaching out more often to camps but we now see that camps are the ones reaching out more often to seekers.

If you’re not sure what you are supposed to be doing once you log on daily (or almost daily), here are some links to watch brief tutorials on utilizing search methods.

CampStaff SearchTutorials

Search Method 1
Search Method 2
Search Method 3
How to Save a Search

CampStaffNurses
Search Tutorials

Search Method 1
Search Method 2
Search Method 3
How to Save a Search

 

Turn Your Returning Staff into Your Top Recruiters

Photo Credit Camp Ocean Pines

When I first started hiring staff for camp back in the 90’s, the process was in some ways much simpler. The internet was relatively new. Our camp didn’t even have a website by first year and even CampStaff was still a few years away.

Recruiting staff meant running a 3 sentence classified ad in a school newspaper or in the old American Camping Association publications. I’d wait for the 800 number to ring or get a postcard in the mail asking for more information. We would mail a VHS tape specially made for staff recruiting along with an application and camp brochure. Then we would wait. By the time a completed application was back in our office, both sides were well invested in the hiring process. Rarely did someone receiving a job offer not accept or even more rare, break their commitment by not showing up. Ghosting meant something totally different in the 90’s!

Even so, when opening day of camp got near, any unfilled positions could quickly be staffed from the bullpen of waiting international counselors at CampAmerica or Bunac or the other international staffing agencies. No problem, camp would open fully staffed.

Fast forward to now and camp staffing has changed drastically. It is much easier for potential staff to apply to multiple camps and even to other industries, making the competition for top staff the stiffest its ever been. Throw in the past changes to J-1 rules that eliminated stand-by international staff (much less any future changes to the program) and the importance of getting new staff to commit early and follow through with those commitments is more vital to summer camp opening than ever. 

Break through the noise

The two of biggest challenges we hear from camp staffing directors today are that potential staff are harder to maintain contact with and seem less likely to honor their commitments once hired.

We recently posted about ideas camps could copy from big colleges on NCAA signing day to help firm up commitments.  Another thing we noticed, camps can easily imitate how head coaches utilized their staff to 

  1. Maintain contact with recruits throughout the process and 
  2. Use the relationships developed with those staff to improve the chances the recruit remained committed.

Camp staff recruits, just like athletic recruits, are bombarded by not only you and the camps you are competing with, but also everyday electronic life.  The background noise of college life is pretty loud. When as a staffing director, you are trying to juggle staff inquiries, incoming applications, targeted searches on CampStaff and maintaining personal contacts with new hires, it can be overwhelming and down right impossible.

You are the head coach here, to break through and make sure your message is heard, we suggest assigning your new staff recruits a returning staff point of contact.

Here’s the scenario, you’ve offered a contract or had one accepted on the spot. Now you need to make sure that person follows through with the hiring process and shows up at camp. A personal connection with your retaining staff is a tried and true recruiting method. We always assume that everyone is a potential staff member until they actual show top for staff training and become a staff member!

1. Match each situation individually. Camps have the unique opportunity with a diverse staff to make personal connections. Use that! Pick your recruiter regionally, by common interest, by specialty skills- anything that can make the connection personal. 

2. Provide a contact schedule. First, this holds your recruiters accountable. Second, it takes the pressure off (and avoids too much pressure) from over contact. Back in the days of Manila file folders for applicants, I kept track of every contact date on the front of the folder. This helped remind me to touch base so no one got lost in the hiring flurry that is May.

Give your recruiters a sample schedule:

a. Day 1 – email a quick intro to the potential staff member. Include your social media handles and encourage the recruit to check out and pics you posted from last summer. Schedule a time to connect via phone. Cc camp on first email.

b. After call, follow recruits social feeds.

c. 2 days after 1st phone call, text a short, “hey, its xxx. Just checking in to see if you have any questions from our call”

d. Drop a text, email or comment on a social media post every week.

3. Pay your recruiters

Money is always best. Swag is second. Either way, show that you value your returning staff’s time and effort. If you or your board is having trouble justifying the added cost, compare the cost of a last minute international hire for that position through an agency and the time delay getting that person into camp when someone you hired in February ghosts you opening day.

If you still need further convincing…The bonus for your staff training week is that every new staff member will already have a connection when they roll into camp. We all know that those personal connections are what get staff to return the following season. 

2 Useful Facts if You are Considering Being a Camp Nurse

Thinking about being a camp nurse this summer, but not sure if it will work for you? Here’s two facts about working as a nurse at camp that may help you with your decision. You can also read our blog post on the truth about being a camp nurse if you’d like to find out more about camp nursing.

 

Fact #1: You may work as a nurse in a state other than the state where you currently hold your license.

Great news for nurses out there considering working at summer camp this year!
If you thought you were bound by the confines of your state boundary, this will come as great news to you. With just a little bit of effort, you can be enjoying your summer working in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado or the beaches of California (or the state of your choice!) while earning an income.

If you are licensed in a nurse licensure compact (NLC) state, you can practice in other NLC states without having to obtain an additional license. To check if your state is a NLC state, check out the easy to read map at NCSBN.org

If your state, or the state you wish to work in, is not a NLC state, don’t be dismayed – you may still easily apply for a license of reciprocity in which you are able to become licensed in time to work at summer camp. 

So, how do you go about finding a camp job now that you know all this good information about licensing?

  1. Register at CampStaffNurses.com (it’s free!) to gain access to hundreds of summer camp nurse jobs available for this summer. 
  2. Once you find the camp of your dreams, talk to the camp about how best to go about your licensing. If there is payment due, many camps will pick up the cost of this as part of your compensation 

Start now. It may take a few months to get your employment taken care of in addition to any licensing paperwork. 

Fact #2: Many summer camps will hire nurses for part of the summer if you are not able to commit your entire summer to camp.

Ideally, you work at a camp and can make the start date somewhere in early-June and stay all through the summer until the end date, sometime in mid-August. However, if you cannot commit to the full summer because your job at home mandates that you are home, still consider working at camp this summer. Many camps are flexible about the dates for nurses to work and will consider 2-4 week stints for their health care staff. Again, find the camps you are interested in and contact them with your questions in mind. Camps may be willing to work with your schedule!

Questions? Email us at staff@campstaff.com

photo credit Camp Towanda

 

Like to Win Free Camp Stuff?

Follow CampStaff and CampStaffNurses to win.

How would you like a chance to win this sweet camp mug filled with fun camp stuff? To get everyone in the spirit of summer camp – and to kick off the un-official start of the camp staffing season – CampStaff and CampStaffNurses are giving away a gift packs from our holiday gift ideas lists to our social media followers. All you need to do is complete the 2 Steps below:

STEP ONE:

“Like” @CampStaff or @CampStaffNurses pages on Facebook.

OR

“Follow” @SummerCampStaff or @CampStaffNurses on Instagram

OR

“Follow” @CampStaff or @CampStaffNurses on Twitter.

STEP TWO:

Comment on or share a post from one of the feeds each week. Every week that you comment or share a post, you are in the contest!

What are you waiting for?  This week’s prizes are below and will be awarded Monday!

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Every Monday beginning January 21, 2019 we’ll announce a winner!  Everyone can participate with all of your social accounts – use your camps official feed and your personal to be double entered!  We’ll be giving away fun camp related merchandise all staffing season long!

 

Camps looking for summer staff? Camps can join CampStaff.com and search through thousands of staff applications. We’ve been connecting summer camps and summer camp staff since 1996.  Let CampStaff help you find the perfect summer camp staff.  Looking for nurses? Visit us at CampStaffNurses.com.
Staff looking for a summer camp job? Campstaff.com is a free, single application website connecting staff with thousands of summer camp jobs at hundreds of summer camps across the United States and Canada. 
RN’s, LPN’s, student nurses, and other medical professionals, CampStaffNurses.com has summer camp nursing jobs across the United States at some of the most beautiful summer camp locations.  Spend your summer working with great co-workers. Many camps offer the option to bring your family to camp. Apply today for free with a single application at CampStaffNurses.com

10 Things that Require Zero Talent

This week at my daughter’s basketball game, another mother shared this piece of scrap paper with me. It states, “10 Things that Require Zero Talent”. We talked about how this list relates to a student athlete. I couldn’t help but think how the list relates to a summer camp counselor; a compilation of the intangibles you learn while working at summer camp. More often than not, you will learn these lessons without even realizing you are learning them during your summer camp experience. Or, if you are already pretty good at the items on this list, camp will provide you a place to hone these skills:

  1. Being on Time
  2. Work Ethic
  3. Effort
  4. Body Language
  5. Energy
  6. Attitude
  7. Passion
  8. Being Coachable
  9. Doing Extra
  10. Being Prepared

I did a little research and found out where the notes on this little scrap of paper came from. It was shared by Molly Fletcher, a former college athlete, sports agent, and motivational speaker. If you have time to check out her website, it’s well worth the visit for some inspiration on being your best self. 

Putting yourself in the camp environment, you are surrounding yourself with other people who are working on these skills, too. These words actually become part of your daily vocabulary and conversation. Camp people talk about these skills beyond orientation and beyond the handbook. Let’s take a look at them. 

1.Being on time. So, as a counselor (or working in any other position at camp), you will find it necessary to be on time to be even sort of successful.  Being late with a group of campers to lunch is the worst (for so many obvious reasons). Being late to activities makes you the bad guy with the person leading the activity, and being late to putting your kids to bed just results in cranky kids the following day. After your first week of not being on time at camp, I promise you that you will perfect your skills of being on time. The effort of doing so pays off and you’ve learned a new habit!

2. Work Ethic.  What Molly is referring to here is the discipline of showing up consistently, and making the best decisions that lead to peak performance. Sooooo many opportunities at camp to not only show up, but to make decisions that lead to peak performance. Specifically, you will be in charge of a group of campers daily. Make great decisions as a role model and help them make great decisions, too. 

3. Effort. You can do a job. Or, you can do a job with effort. You can go the extra mile. Pick up trash when you walk by it. Make intentional eye contact with your campers when they speak to you. Ask your supervisor if they need any help. We’re not asking you to be a genius. We are asking you to put some effort into your work. You’ll feel good you did. 

4. Body Language. Camp is like a small laboratory for reading body language. You want to know if your camper is mad; just look to see how they have their arms crossed. Happy? Jumping up and down. Stressed: hand on the back of the neck. Lying to you? A quick look at the ceiling or floor. You’ll not only get to study the habits of your campers’ body language but become aware of what your body language says about you!

5. Energy. Energy is contagious at camp. Really. And contagious in a way that cannot be conveyed at a conference table or by waiting tables. All out body moving, dancing, leaping energy. Not all the time of course. That would be nuts; you’d be exhausted. Just like 98% percent of the time. Sometimes at camp you’ll be the one taking your energy from others and sometimes you’ll be the one to pass your energy on. 

6. Attitude.  I’m sure you have an attitude of some sort. Camp will just help bring out your best attitude. The “can-do, problem solving” attitude; the “count my blessings” sort of attitude; the “I can do this really hard something” attitude; the “I’m pushing myself farther than I thought I could go” attitude. Want some of this attitude? Go to camp!

7. Passion. I learned recently that being passionate about something does not mean you have to be happy with it all the time. It means you are willing to put the work into it even when it is hard and overall, you love it. It’s fair to say that camp offers this environment. Overall you love it AND it may be hard at times, AND totally worth it in the end. 

8. Being Coachable. Great life skill. You can be coached in many jobs. Thing is, the people that will coach you at camp are the people that value the skills itemized on this list. This means your coaches at camp will prioritize your strong work ethic, your high energy level, your can-do attitude, and putting in the right kind of effort. 

9. Doing extra. Extra work and preparedness fosters confidence. I love extra work at camp; it may mean blowing up all the balloons for carnival, it may mean leading a card tournament, or it may mean being a really patient listener. Extra work at camp doesn’t actually feel like work; it feels more like being your best self. 

10. Being prepared. Show up to camp on day 1 prepared with some campfire stories and know the rules to Capture the Flag. Know your campers names before they arrive on the first day. Being prepared even means you know what cool trip you are going to take on your first day off!  

Short lesson: if you want to actively work on the above skills in an environment where others value them, too, camp may be the perfect place for you this summer!

Camp directors….we see a great orientation staff training session here!

Up Your Social Media Game to Up Your Staff Return Rate

What’s the main reason your staff return to camp each summer? We know it’s not the reasons “real world” HR believe in… 4-day work weeks, high pay, flex schedules, telecommuting, in house barista, etc, etc. In the summer camping world, we know that the #1 reason staff return to camp is for the relationships created the previous summers. 

With contracts out to staff invited back for another summer, now is the perfect time to remind them about these great relationships. A solid social media strategy that pulls on emotional heart strings, might just be the trick to pulling a few more great staff back to camp.

We’ve blogged a few times about creating a staff specific instagram feed.  If you haven’t done so, start with that.  Reason: 61% of Instagrams almost 1 billion monthly active users are 18-34 year olds – isn’t that your camp’s staffing sweet spot?

Staying in front of your staff with relevant content might be the thing that tips an on the fence staff member your way or even better helps them to recruit a friend to come along with them to work at camp. Here’s a link to our blog post on getting started with Instagram; Instant Staff Recruiting Upgrade with Instagram.

Use your new (or current) staff feed as a reason to touch base with staff 

Email your staff a link to your new staff Instagram feed and ask them to follow you and share their favorite camp photos from the summer.  This will only take a few minutes assuming you have good staff contact software. Read our blog post How to select the RIGHT summer camp management software  for guidance on your camp software. You can send this to staff from previous years also, but we HIGHLY recommend only reaching out to staff asked back.

Sharing photos in Instagram is simple. Just open the picture in your own feed, click the paper airplane icon and select who to send the pic to. Best part of this is you get to curate which shots make the feed and avoid any inappropriate shots, like those boozy days at the beach shots, if you want. 

Spice it up and hold a staff photo contest. Offer some cool camp swag for prizes, awarded based on who collects the most “likes” and comments. 

Be sure to include a link to the staff social media feeds within the staffing section of your website. You definitely want potential staff to find this feed. If one of your staff or camper families say, “check out our camp, its a great place to work” you can bet that your website is the first place they will go. They will then click your social media icons (don’t believe us, ask you web master for the click analytics). If you only have the highly curated camper pictures, that’s all they will see about your camp. While smiling, happy, safe kids can be a huge selling point to camper families, it may not be enough for a 20 year old college student looking for an experience in the mountains. Show staff what your staff is really like. 

Have your summer social media staff keep this feed active during camp. Parents of staff members love to see what’s going on with their kids. We all know that parents are very involved in this generation of college students life and have input on how they spend their summers. Reference our blog post 5 Reasons you should get a summer camp job (and get your parents support!) to get an idea of what parents are seeking in a summer job for their kids. You have a great opportunity to “sell” to the current staff families and build content for the next group.

The bottomline is that everyone in camping needs to be promoting summer camp as a great place to work. We spend a lot of effort as an industry promoting the benefits of camping experience for kids via social media. With just a little more effort we can all make a huge impact on promoting the wonderful benefits and opportunities that camp staff jobs offer also.

Photo Credit Tripp Lake Camp, Maine

How We Make Summer Camp Work for Our Family and You Can, Too

Winter break is here – hooray! Schools are out and even college students will be home for a few weeks. We are sure you’ll be busy with parties and presents but its not too soon to be thinking about summer!
Sure, this fall you researched camps for your younger kids and probably even dropped a few hints that the older (college) ones could really get a lot out of a summer job at camp. But have you considered a real FAMILY summer at camp? 
Well, our family does a version of this.  We’ll share with you…
CampStaff is our year round job but summer camp itself is what we live for. Each summer, Lynn and our three daughters head up to the White Mountains for a full summer at camp. Lynn is a Junior Camp Area Director responsible for around 70 kids at a time and 30 or so staff. From home, Bunkie keeps CampStaff operating and runs our camp consulting business.  He spends about 10 days at camp each summer, trading-off whatever odd jobs a former camp director is capable of handling for unlimited chicken patty sandwiches and all you can drink camp coffee.
In all seriousness, camp is a huge part of our child rearing plan. We live in a rural community and enjoy the many benefits of that lifestyle. The camp we choose for our kids, exposes them to campers from the major cities and suburbs of the northeast and with staff from around the globe. Our kids have had playdates on Park Avenue, have taken camp friends to harvest sugar cane and had high tea with counselors in London, among hundreds of other experiences. Camp has really opened up amazing opportunities for our family.
We made our camp choice with purpose
The individual and family success we’ve had at camp did not happen by chance. We carefully selected the right camp for our family before committing to work there. We knew we wanted a beautiful New England location, with a strong outdoor program and “nice” kids – luckily the camp we started at before becoming camp professionals, fit the bill and was in need of senior staff. When choosing a camp for your family, be sure the summer camp meets all your criteria up front. There are hundreds of options out there, there is no reason to try to shoe horn yourself into a not perfect fit. CampStaff or other summer camp job sites can help you match your needs with those of summer camps.
Meet the camp directors and camp alumni
We mentioned the camp we choose was one we had a history with so we knew the directors well and still had relationships with former campers and staff. For you choosing a camp from scratch, start with the camps website. Does it convey the values you are looking for? Next check out the camp’s social media feeds. (You can find the links on the camp’s website.) See what the camp chooses to share and what type of comments campers, parents and alumni leave. If you want to really stalk the camp (our kids’ term!), check out who follows the camp and what they post. You can get a strong sense of a camp’s values by seeing their community. Reach out to the directors personally.  Assuming the camp has listed a job opening in your skill set (like on CampStaff.com), set up a personal call with the directors. The directors may actually appreciate this since a huge part of their job is making sure campers are good fit with their camp.  Taking the initiative shows you understand a great camp is more than random luck. Ask all the questions you would ask if you were paying to send you kids to camp and would not be there all summer.
Balancing family life
The biggest challenge for a staff member with kids at camp is allowing the separation that makes camp work so greta for kids. A great camp will walk you through this process and have guidelines in place to help you deal with the separation (aka camp sickness). A few tips we’ve picked up; even if your whole family is at camp, everyone still likes getting mail and mail call. Write letters, even if you see each other a few minutes every day. Schedule phone calls with someone. Campers love phone call times and depending on the camp’s policies, it may even be a scheduled activity. Make sure your kid has someone to call – grandparents love to fill this role! Visiting day can be challenging because as staff, you will have responsibilities. Again, a grandparent visit might fit the bill. Or ask the camp (again the best camps will have a plan already) to block out a little time for you and your kids.
Make camp last all year
The best part of our family participating in camp together is shared experiences and shared friendships. We love sharing social media posts from camp people who we all know. When we travel, camp always has a connection either from someone in that area or a camp story. Camp really can be a huge part of your life if you want it to be!
Looking for Summer Camp Staff? Camps can join CampStaff.com and search through thousands of staff applications. We’ve been connecting summer camps and summer camp staff since 1996.  Let CampStaff help you find the perfect summer camp staff.  Looking for nurses? Visit us at CampStaffNurses.com.
Looking for a summer camp job? Campstaff.com is a free, single application website connecting staff with thousands of summer camp jobs at hundreds of summer camps across the United States and Canada. 
RN’s, LPN’s, student nurses, and other medical professionals, CampStaffNurses.com has summer camp nursing jobs across the United States at some of the most beautiful summer camp locations.  Spend your summer working with great co-workers. Many camps offer the option to bring your family to camp. Apply today for free with a single application at CampStaffNurses.com

3 Super Perks for Summer Camp Nurses

Nurses are in high demand EVERYWHERE so why not try a few weeks
SOMEWHERE new?  Summer camps throughout the US and Canada are hiring summer nurses.  Here are 3 reasons you should give camp nursing a try!
1. Travel – When we said everywhere, we mean everywhere. Camps from the New England coastline to the California beaches are hiring nurses. Contracts can vary from one week to 12 weeks depending on the camps schedule. If you’ve ever though of spending a summer hiking and boating in the mountains, here’s your chance. If you wondered what a major city is really like, camps are located within easy drink distance of every major US city.  With free room and board and very good salaries, camps are the perfect bases for exploring a region you may be considering relocating to.  The bonus perk is that because summer camps attract staff from around the world, you will certainly make friends worth visiting around the globe!

 

2. Bring your family with you – You can read more about picking a camp and bringing your family with you in our other blog posts.  For nurses, this is an almost given – work at summer camp and you kids attend FREE. You kids will be placed in a cabin group at sleep away camp or day camp just like the full paying campers. Your kids will have all the benefits of summer camp life. You get the special privilege of being able to see them run happily by with their new friends, while you spend a summer in the best nursing job you’ve ever had.

3. Free in-state licensing. Your new camp will pay for and will help you with the process of getting the appropriate licensing. So don’t limit your nursing search to states you are current in, pick a new one. They do this every year and will know the best way to make it happen. You can focus on packing up for the summer of you life!

CampStaffNurses has current nursing needs for some the best summer camps. Register for free and let camps come to you. Follow our social media feeds @campstaffnurses for daily updates.
Photo Credit Camp Bryn Mawr
Looking for Summer Camp Staff? Camps can join CampStaff.com and search through thousands of staff applications. We’ve been connecting summer camps and summer camp staff since 1996.  Let CampStaff help you find the perfect summer camp staff.  Looking for nurses? Visit us at CampStaffNurses.com.
Looking for a summer camp job? Campstaff.com is a free, single application website connecting staff with thousands of summer camp jobs at hundreds of summer camps across the United States and Canada. 
RN’s, LPN’s, student nurses, and other medical professionals, CampStaffNurses.com has summer camp nursing jobs across the United States at some of the most beautiful summer camp locations.  Spend your summer working with great co-workers. Many camps offer the option to bring your family to camp. Apply today for free with a single application at CampStaffNurses.com

How to send your kids to summer camp for FREE and get paid to do so

Did you know that summer camps offer free or steeply reduced tuition for the children of staff? So, yes there is a bit of a catch to the FREE part but for those of you with the time and the right skills this is an amazing opportunity.
How does it work?
Summer camps need experienced professionals for support roles, such as chefs and nurses, and for leadership positions and heads of programs, typically filled by teachers and coaches. In many cases, this means hiring staff who are already raising families of their own. If a camp hires you to fill a valuable role, in most cases your kids will be able to attend while you are working for free or reduced tuition. With some camps charging over $10,000 for the summer, the added value can be significant. 
STEPS TO TAKE
1.Register with CampStaff.com to see which camps are seeking staff with your skill set. You can plug through the individual websites looking for jobs but you’ll see below, you may want to save that for later in the process.
2. Narrow your list down by whatever criteria you choose – remember your a picking a job for you AND a camp for the kids – those aren’t always automatic fits.
3. Visit the websites of the camps you’ve narrowed down to and with your kids make sure it looks like a place you’d like. This is VERY important. The camp needs to be a place that you child(children) will be successful or else, your summer will not be. Later in the process, the camp directors will want to discuss your kids in depth to determine bunk placement, etc., it’s best if a bad match is caught earlier rather than at this late point. 
4. Contact the camps either with your CampStaff profile or directly – making sure you are upfront about having camp aged children (or needing a nanny for younger ones). In most cases, it will not be problem however, it does occasionally happen that a bunk age group is completely filled and there would be no opening for staff kids. Again, get this taken care of up front so your kids aren’t disappointed later.
5. Interview with the camps that meet your criteria!
6. If hired, be sure to clarify what is included for your kids and what are extras. (Add on trips and spending money accounts are typically not included with free staff tuition.)
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