googbox2 wrote:We just about doubled in size this year, going from about 50 campers to 100. We got a super awesome location which meant that in addition to our campers, we had hundreds, maybe thousands of guests throughout the week.
Those two factors are going to be your biggest challenges.
I have found over the years that when theme camps get so large that the people in charge of them don't actually know everyone in the camp, issues begin to crop up.
That said, to answer your questions:What is your strategy for De-Mooping and Tear down? How do you get buy in from all campers? Do you have a specific MOOP team or is it more that it's EVERYBODY's responsibility?
1-CONTINUOUS MOOPING BY EVERYONE IN CAMP, ALL DAY EVERY DAY!
I'm not addressing the dues thing, that is not the issue. We have a rotating person in charge of MOOP each day, plus everyone
should always be on the lookout for MOOP. Leaving no trace starts with not letting it hit the ground. Keep your camp clean at all times, and you'll have less crap at the end.
Assign cleanup patrols, 1-4 times daily, since you have so many people & a high traffic camp. Make that part of dues, make a schedule, whatever works for you guys, but make sure all of your campers know this in advance; that way you can rightfully call them out if they don't do their duty.How do you ensure that you are welcoming to new camp members, maybe camp members who don't live in the same town, state, country as the majority of the camp, but add a fantastic diversity and create new friends in our camp family, while not winding up w/ the majority of the hard work to be done by certain "core members"?
2-With a camp as large as 100, you're going to have a tough time on that. My camp is limited to about 30-33 max, and newcomers must be well vouched for by vets.
A certain amount of work is always going to be done by a small group of "core" people. Limits on early arrival passes, nature of the organizers/engineers within camp, individuals that just love working. Make sure you use whatever natural leaders in your core group to help corral the rest, maybe put them in charge of daily MOOP squads & give them a chance to show new people how do do it right.What percentage of your camp stays through to the bitter end (tuesday or wednesday after the event) for tear down and de-mooping?
3-About 35-50 percent. Again, the advantages of a smaller camp.This thread and this one
has some good advice on general theme camp operation & why camp managers are dicks sometimes.