Consider Your Camp's Culture

So, understanding how you act/behave (or don’t act/behave) and if it’s aligned with your core values is key for understanding and agreeing on behaviors your staff and board should model to each other and to the community. By constantly modeling and repeating those behaviors, you are reinforcing existing, and/or building new, positive habits so they can become second nature, which is what culture is and why it is responsible for organizational success or failure. 

Has your camp considered its culture and how it impacts the effectiveness of your organization? 

This article from JCamp 180 Mentor Natasha Dresner explains the importance of culture and some ideas for intentionally developing the culture you want at your camp.

Bottom Line: Decisions and structures at your camp are developing the culture at your organization, whether you want them to or not; build your culture intentionally to ensure success.

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