Camp GPS

Create Your Camp’s Roadmap to the Future



Create Your Camp’s Roadmap to the Future with JCamp 180’s Camp GPS (“Generating Purposeful Strategy")

JCamp 180 is excited to launch a new fast-paced option for strategic planning in 2022 - Camp GPS. Now your Overnight or Day camp can map out a strategic direction and goals for the coming years while saving you time and building team clarity. Camps will assemble GPS Teams to participate in a high energy, short duration, hybrid planning process to determine your camp’s strategic priorities and set the organization’s course for the next 3+ years.

Program Highlights

  • Proven Popular Process: Camp GPS was developed by nationally renowned consultant, Jay Vogt. Jay has guided over 100 nonprofits through this essential planning experience - and they recommend it to colleagues. JCamp 180 has worked with Jay to adapt it for Jewish Day and Overnight camps.
  • Convenience: Camp GPS combines real-time facilitated teamwork on highly focused tasks with offline guidance that includes customized research, resources, and coaching that ensures your team’s success.
  • Time: Just 3 months start to finish.  Eight focused 90-minute working team meetings from January through March will develop your strategic plan.
  • Choice: Your team can choose to attend these eight working meetings either on-line or in-person at a location that you specify.
  • Thorough: Includes all essential elements of a comprehensive strategic plan: values, mission, vision, assessment, critical strategic issues, goals, objectives, success metrics, and business model.
  • Data Driven Decision Making: Provides you with industry wide metrics and comparative data to make meaning of your critical issues and set purposeful strategy.
  • Support: Each meeting is structured with customizedresources and your team leader is provided one-on-one coaching to ensure your team’s success in creating a strategic plan.
  • Useful Results: No dusty binders! A one-page strategic plan that professionals and lay leaders will use as a roadmap to guide your work and decisions for the next 3+ years.

Program Requirements

  1. Team: We recommend a strategic planning team of between 5 to 8 members, comprised of a diverse mix of senior staff and volunteers all of whom are committed to the long-range vision of camp.
  2. Team Leader: The Team Leader is responsible for keeping your team informed, engaged, and on track.  The three chief responsibilities of Team Leader:
    1. Coordinator – coordinates schedules and logistics and prepares materials for team sessions; shares key information and updates with the team; and guides the team through the planning process.
    2. Accountability Overseer – makes sure work gets done on time by all members by sending reminders, gathering input, and finalizing documents among the team.
    3. Champion – brings energy and enthusiasm to the process, maintaining engagement and spirit among the team members.  
  1. Team Meetings: These following meeting times are required for your strategic planning team:
Tuesday, January 11 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST  Task #1: Values
Tuesday, January 18 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST Task #2: Mission
Tuesday, February 8 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST Task #3: SWOT
Tuesday, February 15 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST Task #4: Critical Issues
Tuesday, March 8 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST Task #5: Vision & Goals
Wednesday, March 16 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST Task #6: Objectives
Tuesday, March 22 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST Task #7: Success Metrics
Tuesday, March 29 5-6:30 pm PST/ 8-9:30 pm EST Task #8: Business Model
  1. Other work: Watching three recorded webinars at your convenience, reading through on-line resources, one-on-one coaching sessions for the team’s leader, and designing and conducting outreach with your camp’s stakeholder groups complete the requirements of this program.

Is Camp GPS Right for You?  

Camp GPS is best suited for Day or Overnight camps that have a good sense of their future vision for the organization.  Camps that wish to refresh their prior strategic plan created with JCamp 180 are especially encouraged to consider this program.  Camps seeking to return to their pre-pandemic plans might also benefit from Camp GPS’s accelerated process. 

If your camp lacks a shared vision for the future, or is anticipating a major transition, crisis, or business opportunity in the near future that may fundamentally alter your organization’s plans, Camp GPS is NOT the recommended approach to determining your strategic goals for the next 3-5 years. Instead, please consult with JCamp 180 to design a customized strategic planning approach to best address the needs for your camp.  Every affiliated JCamp 180 Day or Overnight camp is eligible for either Camp GPS or custom designed strategic planning services. Non-affiliated non-profit Day or Overnight Jewish camps are eligible for Camp GPS dependent on available space and are encouraged to apply if interested.  

Applying to Camp GPS

Interested in taking part in Camp GPS? Email or contact your camp's JCamp 180 Mentor to express interest in the program or for more information.