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Staff Shortage? Recruitment Strategies To Try

25 May 2021 3:37 PM | Jen Burch (Administrator)

Summer camps are having a challenging time hiring staff this season. Here are some strategies some UMCRM camps are trying: 

  • Leverage past summer staff’s connections (even from years ago). Are they interested in working a week or two? Do they know a young adult who would be great? 
  • Recruit volunteers to make up for paid staff shortfall. Allow them to sign up for one or more weeks. Give them a free week for one child, either theirs or someone else’s.
  • Require churches to send one adult chaperone with every x # of campers coming from their church.
  • Hire staff for shorter durations (2, 3, or 4-week job). Include mandatory staff training as one of the weeks.
  • Share staff with a nearby camp (works well for specific roles like lifeguards).
  • Share staff with a camp that starts later or ends earlier than yours.
  • Recruit international staff.
  • Combine camp weeks to shorten season.
  • Limit registration to a smaller camper capacity.
  • Eliminate some specialist jobs and cross-train all staff for all roles (so everyone’s a generalist and can help in the kitchen, facilitate archery, ropes course, etc.)
  • If you have raised the pay rate at your camp, be sure to mention that in your promotions. 
  • Ask already-hired staff to help recruit from within their networks. Offer a "finder's fee" or special gift for each person they recruit who is hired and completes their term of employment.

What's working for you as you seek to hire fantastic summer staff? 

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