The New Year is here, and with the warm weather we have been having, it certainly feels like summer is just around the corner! 132 days around the corner to be exact!
We have been busy at camp gearing up to make it another fantastic summer. Here is a glimpse at what we have been up to!
Hiring. Every year we hire from all over the world to work with our campers. We have a great mix of returning and new staff. From Australia, to South Africa, to right down the road in Charlottesville. Every staff member is individually interviewed by our awesome full-time staff. We talk about camp, their experiences, what a Triple C day looks like, and what an amazing experience it is to work with our campers. The hiring process is multi step with accountability and follow thru from our applicants, not to mention all the “regular” things like background and reference checks.
Gaining Knowledge. Camp conferences are a big part of our “off season”! We love attending these events around the country to help further our knowledge about the camping industry so that we can pass it on to our campers, giving them the ultimate summer camp experience! We learn about things like: programming trends, liability issues, marketing, risk management, best hiring practices and more. Chris, one our Assistant Directors just ventured to Richmond to recertify his Wilderness First Responder Training. Eryn, Katie and Libby went north to Chevy Chase, MD to attend the American Camp Associations educational conference.
Camp T-shirts. Each summer the Triple C Camp t-shirt changes, designing a new, fun logo for our campers to see! Ideas are thrown around, colors are matched together, and the result is another set of great camp shirts for both our campers and staff!
New Programming Ideas. Every Fall we sit down and go through everything that was learned from the previous summer, suggestions of campers, staff, parents, and what we gain from the conferences we attend, and put together awesome new programming ideas for the upcoming summer. Some of last summers ideas included a rock throwing range, music circle, bouldering wall, and 9Square! There are exciting new things planned for summer of 2018 as well. We love surprises!
Updates to the camp facility. With 1000+ campers, 70+ staff, and 150+ program days that occur throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall, the Winter is a key time for us to make updates to all the facilities at camp. This includes tightening loose screws, wood chipping, vacuuming up leaves, implementing new storage facilities, building new programming areas and so much more!
Registrations. After the first of the year our registrations for Summer 2018 opened and they are flowing in! It is always exciting to see names of returning campers pop up on the screen, and the names of new campers who will be attending camp for the first time!
Planning for Spring programs and events. While summer is certainly our busiest time of the year, we also have programs and events that occur in the Spring! The first for 2018 is the Albemarle Family Summer Camp Expo at the Double Tree Hotel on February 11th. (We hope to see many of you there!) During the Spring we have many groups on our ropes course, host Birthday Parties, and conference style events. We will have a great week of fun April 2-6 at our Spring Break Camp. (Registration is open! Be sure to secure your spot!) And finally, our Open House on April 15th is a great time to come out to camp, play, visit counselors, and ask any questions you may have.