Summer is here at last! Summer means rejoicing because of no school and no homework. Summer means splashing in the pool or relaxing on the beach. And for many families, summer means camp. Many organizations are utilizing text messaging to help make the summer camp experience better. Here are 4 ways that summer camps can use text alerts.
People need to know about your summer camp, or else you won’t have any campers! Texting is a great way to spread the word and get people excited about your camp. You can let potential campers know about dates, costs, and other pertinent information.
- Activity updates
Parents enjoy receiving updates about what their kids are up to while at camp. Parents like to be aware of what’s going on, and receiving texts helps them feel connected—especially if they are separated from their child for a long period of time. Texting is also useful to let parents know about pick-up times or delays when their kids are on their way home.
- Day camp reminders
If your summer camp is a day camp rather than an overnight camp, then parents will appreciate reminders about upcoming schedules and activities. Reminders such as, “Don’t forget to wear your swimming gear for tomorrow’s trip to the lake,” or “Bring a water bottle for the hiking trip tomorrow” are useful so that kids don’t come unprepared.
- Emergencies and cancellations
Although parents don’t like to think about it, the unfortunate truth is that emergencies sometimes happen at summer camp. In the (rare) event that something serious does happen, texting is a quick and convenient way to inform a large amount of people about an emergency or a cancellation.
Summer camp represents some of the best memories of my childhood. Why not incorporate texting into your camp to help improve the experience (if only for the parents, at least)?