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What does summer mean to you? If visions of canoeing, swimming, acting out skits, and sleeping under the stars come to mind, you’ll be a natural as a Camp Director. Of course, to be a Camp Director, you also need to have strong organizational skills, an active imagination, and business acumen. A determination to remain a kid at heart helps, too.
Summer is, by far, the most popular time of year. This is when school’s out and groups organize campouts for kids. Camps may run during the day only, or for a week at a time. And campers might include a specific age group from a region, or those interested in a particular subject (think astronomy camp). Churches, scouts, and those working with the disabled are common visitors to camps.
Once there, the campers participate in a wide range of activities, which are chosen based on the goal of the camp. Whether it’s flying kites, making pies, or putting together bands, the Camp Director organizes all of the activities. That means you make sure there’s enough safety equipment (life jackets), supplies (paint brushes), and a place to do them (buildings and lakes).
In addition, you manage the planning of banquets, ordering of food, and service and clean-up of meals. You also hire, monitor, train, and evaluate kitchen, maintenance, and counseling staff. Office hours round out your schedule, where you perform bookkeeping tasks, negotiate with vendors, process camp applications and scholarships, create budgets, and organize off-season activities such as group rentals and maintenance.