It’s no secret that COVID-19 has affected virtually every aspect of our lives, especially camp. The decisions you’re making now are more critical than ever before. Many summer camps are waiting for guidance from their city or state regarding health and quarantine updates. Some camps have already made the extremely difficult decision to close and still more are coming up with creative solutions like virtual experiences and activities they can offer their communities instead. We know this isn’t an easy time.
In true camp fashion, we’ve seen our community come together like never before to brainstorm, boost morale, problem-solve, and share important COVID-19 updates. We’ve seen a lot of magic happen in a few online spaces in particular that we think many camps could benefit from.
Each of these discussion groups is facilitated by the camp industry and its community members. These resources are all online, 100% collaborative and intended to inform and inspire its members.
Summer Camp Professionals
Summer Camp Professionals is a free Facebook group that has climbed to over 20,000 members in its ten-year history. You need a Facebook account to answer a few basic camp-related questions to request access to the private group. However, the group administrators are quick to admit members. With over fifty posts a day covering a range of topics, Summer Camp Professionals is sure to be a valuable ongoing resource throughout the year.
COVID-19 + Camps
When a crisis hits, creativity is never far behind, and COVID-19 + Camps is a great demonstration of that. Hosted on Slack, this grassroots mega-forum was created by camp professionals who realized the need for extra resources surrounding COVID-19. The free Slack workspace has insight on just about everything: communicating with parents and staff, decision-making, virtual camps, and offers a whole network of support. Plus, the 2,000-some members have created a MegaDoc of COVID-19 resources that you can easily share with your team.
ACA Open Forum
The American Camp Association hosts a Member Open Forum on their website, allowing members to log in and ask questions and start meaningful discussion threads. Although the forum is open year-round, discussions have heavily centered around how camps are responding to COVID-19. The ACA is a reputable member of the camp industry; this forum is a great opportunity to learn something new and network with other members.
At CampSite, we specialize in camp management software. We remain informed and educated about the challenges our camps face so we can better support them. We hope these resources will be as beneficial to your organization as they have been for ours.
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