10. Planning a great staff training day takes time. When you delegate some of that planning to a guest trainer, you save preseason energy for everything else you have to do.
9. The chance for inspiration: We’ve got the stories that tug on your heartstrings; that are a call to action; that remind camp staff why they’re doing this important work.
8. Oftentimes, staff members (especially new ones) don’t ask critical questions to their supervisors because they don’t want to “look stupid”. They sometimes feel more comfortable getting advice from a guest trainer.
7. From songs and games to dealing with homesickness, camps around the country have great new ideas. Guest trainers get to see the best of the best. We share this information as we go from camp to camp.
6. Oftentimes guest trainers can say the same message that you’ve been saying for forever, and the staff will start to listen. They realize that your message about supervision, time off behavior isn’t just your thing but an important reality. [And a few scary stories from the road don’t hurt, either.]
5. Let’s face it: the days leading up to camp are filled with staff training and getting everything else ready for opening day. When you turn time over to a guest trainer, you can duck out of staff training and play catch up during staff week.
4. It’s another way to show your staff you care about their growth and professional development.
3. A trainer looks at your way of doing things from a different angle. The best trainers can ask questions that keep the conversation going long after they have left.
2. If you're looking to shift gears on an aspect of your camp's culture, trainers can sow the seeds of cultural change.
1. It shows camp staff that they are part of not just one camp but the entire camping movement. And that’s a powerful thing.