It’s the number one topic camp Director’s talked about this spring “What are you doing to recruit staff?” Camps are happy to return to normal this year, but the pandemic has had lasting effects when it comes to staffing. The loss of two years of campers means a shortage of junior or entry level counsellors. Travel restrictions and fears means a loss of international summer staff.
You’re probably training the staff you have now while still recruiting. If you are still trying to fill positions for the season, here are seven tips to help with the recruitment process.
Post your jobs on the ACA website
Our website is meant to be a one stop shop for anyone interested in camp. We’ve ramped up our media efforts and traffic is booming on our website. Join the ACA and get your camp listed and post all your available jobs right away!
Have Your Current Staff Get Social
Utilize the staff you have! Ask your current staff to share on their social media networks the need for co-workers, to promote the fun activities they are doing, and how this job makes a difference in the lives of children.
Circle Back with Uncommitted Staff
You may have had a few interviews earlier in the spring where the candidate was waiting to hear about an internship or vacation plan before committing. Right now is a great time to check back and see if those plans fell through.
Reach Out to Camp Families with Incentives
Reach out to current or past camp families with potential candidates. They likely know babysitters, neighbours, or family friends who may be a good recruit. You could also try offering a small incentive like a discount camp rate if a referral of theirs is hired.
Reach Out to Past Campers
Past campers know your camp and the activities they offer. Pull up some old files and look through names of campers from your 2019 season who would be the right age and demonstrated leadership qualities as a camper.
Utilize Your Local Community Resources
Reach out to the local newspapers in the small towns closest to your camp. Post flyers in the community centres, visit their high school. Jobs are scarce in small towns so promote what your camp offers to local residents.
Enlist the Camp Moms
You have a passionate group at your disposal, Camp Moms. Moms who want to make sure their child has the best possible experience which includes the best possible counsellors/staff. Create an email and social media post and send it out to the moms asking them to help with recruiting.
We wish you the best of luck this month as you finish hiring, training, and preparing for the summer season!