There are tricks of the trade involved in directing summer camp. Tricks are developed over many years that will help a camp to create community, keep children fed and happy, encourage proper hygiene, and maximize the amount of fun that participants can have in the relatively short amount of time they have at camp.
As a former camp director, I noticed some similar tricks employed by the staff at EcoCamp – with many of the same goals in mind…
How do you make sure folks are happy with – and sated by - the box lunch they will have in the middle of their full-day hike? You lay out a giant spread of homemade breads, meats, cheeses, spreads, snacks, veggies and fruit for them to pack before they eat their breakfast. Pack your lunch on an empty stomach and you are bound to have enough!
How do you get folks who are otherwise on vacation to show up on time for a meeting with their guides to discuss the next day’s events? Provide a free pisco sour – and a great one at that!
How do you create community among a disparate group of travelers that are all arriving and departing on different days of the week? Arrange the breakfast and dinner seating based on what activity those folks are doing that day!