Professional Development All Year Long

posted: November 26, 2018By:

The holidays are upon us!  First and foremost, I wanted to wish our Shibley Nation a healthy and happy holiday season!

Here at Shibley, we continue to plan and prepare for Summer 2019.  Heath, Stefanie, Bob and I recently spent 3 days at Lakota Oaks in Connecticut discussing great ideas and best practices with 17 other CampGroup summer programs.  It is always a privilege and a pleasure to spend time with other camping industry leaders sharing new challenges, philosophies and strategies.

If you were an avid camper in your younger years, it is very likely you would consider these past summer days some of the best days of your life.  And if asked why, many of you would probably answer “the people I encountered and the friendships I made are what made camp so special.” Many of “these people” have chosen Summer Camping as their profession, so you can just imagine what these professional development days in Connecticut have been like.  The energy and passion at these sessions are truly off the charts.  The goal of creating magical summers for your children is inherent in every individual you meet.

I spent much of my time focusing on staff development, and concentrating on how to provide our staff with the tools they need to create and cultivate a loving and nurturing environment for our campers.  We attend professional development programs during each and every month of the year, where we share and develop new programming for today’s camping community.

Our goal at Shibley is to go the distance in giving your child the best summer experience possible, because our campers deserve nothing less!

I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts on Summer 2019.  Please email me at