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Learning can be fun and engaging, and the best
programs are the ones where the students have so
much fun they don't even know they are learning.
4. Make Sure Your Program Can Pass
the "Muffin Test." The first year of
camp, the counselors would send campers down to me when they were "bad,"
so I could "fix" the problem. I would
welcome the students, offer them a seat
and a muffin, and then we would talk.
I learned a lot during these informal
conversations and developed strong
relationships with the campers. I was
quite proud of the results and thought
everything was going great until I was
told all the counselors felt it was disrespectful for me to sit and eat muffins
with the children as a reward instead of
punishing them. I spent the weekend
agonizing over this because I had let my
team down, but how could I not be a
champion for the children? There had
to be a balance.
The answer finally came to me.
Monday morning before the campers
arrived, I met with the team. I started
with an apology for the fact that
they felt they were not supported.
And then I explained that our camp
was doing a great disservice to our
campers if it was more fun to eat
muffins with me than it was to be
engaged in the exciting programs we
had developed. I challenged them
to ask themselves if they were truly

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providing an environment that was
engaging and safe, while forging new
relationships. They left that meeting
with a greater understanding of our
expectations. The students became
more engaged, and the counselors had
more fun.
Ask yourself: What is your positive
behavior management plan, and is
everyone on board?
5. Follow the Leader. Who will you
choose to lead your camp? Choose
someone with passion and energy
who can rally the troops every day-
especially when they're exhausted and
dragging. An "out-of-the-box thinker"
who understands your mission will
take your program to great heights.
"I made sure everyone felt valued,"
says Kari Maastricht, camp director
of Summer STEAM Institute at St.
Paul Elementary in Clarendon School
District One (CSDO). "Knowing that
I supported the counselors' efforts and
understood any frustrations they had
helped us achieve results and overcome
challenges together." Camp enrollment
more than doubled in six weeks.
Ask yourself: Who is the best person to
lead the team? Keep in mind that it doesn't
have to be a current staff member.

6. Think College Football ... "We've got
spirit, yes we do!" When your campers
arrive, they should feel as excited and
energized as the football team coming
out of the tunnel before the big game.
While many of us cannot afford cheerleaders and marching bands, we can
certainly provide fun music, bubbles,
cheering, and lots of energy! Give your
staff time to think about how they can
create a similar feeling at the beginning
and ending of each day.
Ask yourself: What can we do every
morning and afternoon to create an
adrenaline rush?
7. ... And Fast-Food Cheeseburgers.
Another topic is consistency. If we tell
parents that we provide arts-integrated,
highly engaging personalized learning
through STEAM experiences, then
we'd better deliver. I show the counselors
a television commercial for a popular
fast-food chain. We look at the thickness
of the juicy burger, the melted drippy
cheese, and the crisp green lettuce. I
bring an actual cheeseburger from that
same fast-food chain, and we talk about
the similarities and differences. Very
rarely does the real version match the
quality of the television version.
Ask yourself: Will our actual program
meet or exceed the promises we made during
the promotion of our summer camp?



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