Here’s a little secret: our summer staff experiences those same uncomfortable emotions before stepping into a new summer too! So how does our staff become those confident, inclusive, dancing queens we all know and love on opening day? Easy: staff retreat.
Hosting our 300 summer staff and crew for a weekend helps them feel comfortable and form friendships ahead of time, that way when campers and families arrive they experience amazing hospitality from confident staff. First year Singing Hills counselor Adrienne Gray experienced the shift from nervous, middle school dance tension to that river rave excitement when she was able to meet her bosses and hang out with new friends.
Adrienne says, “I think of course it’s going to be awkward meeting a whole new group of people, but sitting with your team at meals helped with any awkwardness … our bosses for sure serve as role models on how to welcome our campers on opening day; they put in a lot of effort to help the counselors bond already.”
LLYC Singing Hills Director Beck Marler agrees, “Staff Retreat Weekend is a weekend where our staff get to have some fun, get to know each other, and be out in the Canyon. Crew and staff are given an opportunity to see the vision of what we want the summer to be about, why we hired them, and why their jobs are so important.”