10 Easy and Free Ways Alumni Can Support Camp During the School Year

10. Always have a supply of camp brochures on hand. 

Be sure to give them out when you see any friends who are parents or any kids in your life.  Explain to them how camp changed your life, and tell them you’d love for them to have the same experience.  Leave them on information tables or displays at your place of worship, local school, community center and anywhere else you can think of!

9.  Always have a supply of the camp director’s business cards or, better yet, a staff recruitment flyer for the camp on hand. 

You need about 100 of these.  Stat.

You need about 100 of these.  Stat.

When you meet a person you think could be a great camp staff member—whether that’s your neighbor’s grandson who always comes over to mow the lawn or the friendliest ice cream scooper at the neighborhood shop, tell them about working at camp and hand them a card.  Invite them to apply.

8.  Clean your house and gather items in good or excellent condition that would help camp.

If you can part with them......

If you can part with them......

Generally helpful things include: sleeping bags, magazines used for collage (like National Geographic), age-appropriate books, quality art supplies and costumes.  Generally unhelpful things include: boats that sink and extra copies of 50 Shades of Grey (true stories).

7. Be sure to “follow” your camp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

When the camp makes a post, be sure to like or love it.   On Facebook, share!  On Twitter, re-tweet!

6. Go through your old camp photos and share them with camp. 

If they’re printed photos, scan the best ones.  Label each with the year and the people in the photos, then digitally send to the camp office for their archives.

5.  Once you have those photos scanned, also upload a few to Facebook or your social media of choice. 

Or, just use Facebook's convenient "Memories" function.  Tag your fellow alumni and go crazy reminiscing about your {appropriate} memories in the comments. 

4. Write, video-record or audio-record your “camp story”.

Oh, there are stories to tell!!

Oh, there are stories to tell!!

It doesn't have to be fancy--just honest and heartfelt! Send it to the camp office for their historical records.

3. When you travel, wear your camp gear.

Camp Hayo-Went-Ha does a great job of posting alumni travel photos!

Camp Hayo-Went-Ha does a great job of posting alumni travel photos!

Take a picture of yourself in front of a landmark in your camp shirt, and send it to the camp office.  They’d love to post it on their social media or in their newsletter.  You also never know what other camp alumni you will see in airports or places around the world!

2.  Write online reviews for your camp. 

Here's a good place to start: Google your camp’s name.  Summarized information about the camp should come up on the right side of the screen.  Scroll down past the basic information about the camp, and click the grey box that says “Write a review.”  Hopefully you’re feelin’ the five-star option.  Also post your review on other sites like Facebook and Yelp!

1.  Send the year-round camp team a thank-you note (and, maybe some cookies). 

Tell them thanks for all that they do—all 12 months of the year!

Got more ideas?  Please leave them in the comments.  Camp alumni rule!