At Eagles Landing Camps and the Night Owls, we not only look for continuing education for the camping industry but also to meet and spend time with camps from all over the country, specifically the Northeast. As anyone who has explored our web site, since 1998 Eagles Landing Camps has emulated traditional day and resident camps in the Northeast. Matt’s experiences at many traditional camps, such as Camp Laurel, Winadu, Raquette Lake, Elmwood, and Breezemont, have ensured this.
As camp professionals we are always looking to better ourselves, stay ahead of the curve, and make positive changes to our camp. There are many ways to do this. Recently two members of our administrative staff spent a couple of days at a camp conference held by our Database provider CampMinder, in Boulder, Colorado. To go along with that, in March four of us journeyed to the Tri-State Camping Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey to attend three full days of continuing camp education with the best camps in the Northeast. While we are in South Florida, from year to year these events assist our team in assessing the staff, programming, and special events.
In Colorado, we were entertained and educated by our new database provider CampMinder. At this event we became well informed on many different methods that will make our parents camp experience carefree. Using this web-based program parents will be able to log in to their “CamperInTouch” accounts to access forms, view pictures, email their campers and so much more. The ELC team was also very intrigued by some of the progressive ideas that the CampMinder squad is working on for the future. Each idea is one that will allow our families, campers, alumni, staff, and Eagles Landing to communicate during the summer and school months. From learning the ins and outs of the database, to better ways of communicating with our families through social media, this event allowed ELC to continue to broaden our horizons and continually try to improve the experiences of our camp families.
In New Jersey, the ELC administration attended the American Camping Associations Tri-State Camping Conference, the largest gathering of camp professionals in the US. Here we attended many classes to enhance our camp knowledge. The sessions included various levels of education fro the beginning staff member to the most experienced camp operator. Our staff spent their days learning from veterans of camping, being participants in open discussions and sharing best practices, and listening to published psychologists speak about adolescents today. Overall, our staff loves being around other camp professionals because it allows us to take the best from all and bring it to ELC for our campers!
All of the Administrative team as well as some senior staff members eagerly anticipate both conferences to gain insight from other camp professionals. Gaining perspective from others usually enables us to make our campers and parents experience with Eagles Landing Camps better, each and every summer.