Investing in what's important: Five tips to guide a professional development and training plan

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Northstar Publishing


At a recent camp conference, a between-session conversation among several directors focused on organizational budget cuts and the lack of travel dollars for adequate continuing education.

Be intentional about camp staff training. Photo courtesy of Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, Colo.

This is a common scenario for organizations big and small. Tighter budgets can correlate to diminished continuing education and training plans for frontline staff, managers, and directors.

Yet savvy camp professionals know that maintaining a strong knowledge base and skill set, as well as documenting the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, is important for both productivity and maintaining relevance and competitiveness in the marketplace.

Continuing education and professional development are also critical for program quality, since investments in training most often result in enhanced staff competencies, improved program quality, and greater outcomes for program participants.