5 Things First-Time Summer Camp Parents Must Do

Posted on 3/16/18 9:00 AM by Matt Fish

The first day of spring is approaching fast, which means that summer is just around the corner. It’s a busy time of year for camp organizations, who are in the thick of registration season. For first-time camp parents, the process of selecting the right summer camp option can be tricky, but fear not: a helpful guide through the biggest do's and don'ts is here.

Discover 5 things first-time summer camp parents must do:

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Offering Parent-Child Activities and Why it's Beneficial

Posted on 9/13/17 11:34 AM by Renaud Beaulieu-Labbe

Are your activities suitable for all age groups? Are you serving all possible customers? By adding new programs to your current service offering, you can attract more participants. Many age groups, such as toddlers, are often neglected in the sport and recreation sector. These young children require a lot of attention and supervision. Child-parent activities are an excellent way to get dads and moms to engage in regular activity with their children. Discover 4 reasons why you should offer child-parent activities for your participants.

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Camp Mariste | Case Study

Posted on 7/12/17 11:08 AM by Elizabeth Simoneau

Camp Mariste is a renowned camp in Québec, it has been using Amilia since 2007 for its online registration. Initially, Frédéric Dyotte, the Operations Manager, wanted to offer online registration and payment for campers' parents. Since they chose Amilia as its management tool, the team appreciates the platform's constant evolution. Amilia has reduced the amount of time spent on administrative work and allows more time for value-added tasks.

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What Your Camp's Registration Form Must Include

Posted on 5/5/16 3:30 PM by Marisa Samek

When kids arrive at camp, most of them haven’t got a clue of what it took to get them there. For parents, choosing a camp is nearly a full-time job as a Camp Intelligence Agent. They open 20 tabs on their browsers, scan through the “About Us” blurbs, the camp’s Facebook page is open on screen two, reviews on screen three, and a group chat with other parents on screen four. Once they’ve done sufficient due diligence (a few phone calls with Camp Directors, endless consultations with parental advisory committees, and finally the executive decision has been reached with the Board of Children), they dive into Phase 2: The Registration Process. This phase requires filling out at least two and sometimes six different forms, attaching photocopies of this and scans of that, until they finally receive a confirmation e-mail with the instructions for the next mission, Phase 3: The Send-Off. All the while, camps are going through the same thing: E-mails are pouring in, the printer is over-heating, Staff are highlighting, stapling, filing, and typing at light speed to enter everything into "The Spreadsheet" and, you haven’t seen the office floor in weeks because every inch of it is covered with forms, files, and coffee mugs.

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3 Reasons Why Your Camp Should Continue to Ban Mobile Devices

Posted on 3/26/16 3:28 PM by Marisa Samek

Many sleep-away camps pride themselves in offering an “unplugged” experience to their campers. The benefits of spending just one week to an entire summer without technology’s constant chatter seems obvious but, no matter how many times camps reiterate the “no mobile devices” rule, kids still arrive at drop-off with phones, tablets, and laptops tucked away in their duffel bags.

Discover 3 reasons why your camp should continue to ban mobile devices:

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What's on Every Parent's Mind During Your Camp's Open House

Posted on 3/14/16 5:20 PM by Marisa Samek

What is the single, most important thing parents want to know when they come to an open house at your camp? 

Trust me, it’s not the fancy water slide you've purchased, the counsellor who's a national swimming champion who you’ve hired, or the elaborate Inside Out theme day you’ve organized. The one thing parents care about above and beyond anything else is...safety. Every single parent is sizing up your staff, your schedule, and your resources, with one thing in mind: Can these people take care of my kids?

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5 Concerns You're Not Addressing in Your Camp's Newsletter

Posted on 3/7/16 12:52 PM by Matt Fish

With summer camp season just around the corner, it's time to connect with your campers and their families by way of a newsletter or email outlining all the need-to-know information before the first day. Are you really sending out all the details that parents and their kids need to know in advance of your start date? Lots of vital tidbits often get left out but definitely shouldn't.

Discover 5 concerns you're not addressing in your camp's newsletter: 

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The Biggest Concerns Your Camp's Newsletter Doesn't Address

Posted on 2/25/16 1:14 PM by Marisa Samek

Camper-parent communication. Now there's a hot topic. Each camp has its own policies when it comes to camper-parent communication: some camps oblige their campers to write home and encourage parents to keep in touch while others mandate just the opposite. But what about camp-to-parent? There's a topic with a lot less interest but, for the sake of your camp's success, a lot more importance. 

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