Established in 2003 to support the needs of camp alumni programs

A Step by Step Approach to Developing
and Maintaining an Alumni Program


STEP EIGHT <==     STEP NINE - Planning Alumni Events     ==> DATA ITEMS

Some Examples
  • Yearly alumni days or weekends with family events
  • Special reunions for different programs (equestrian, outdoor ed, etc.)
  • Special reunions for camp anniversary years
  • Camp may facilitate other impromptu events: canoe trips, running events
Factors to Consider
  • To charge or not to charge - consider a free event with an option to donate to cover expenses and/or towards a special project
  • Spouse-free and children-free events(!) - might be appropriate for some types of reunions
  • Lead time for notification - consider significant lead time (around a year) for special reunions. Those from long distances may make plans to visit family or friends in the area around the same time.
  • Distribute/post lists of who's coming
  • Contact key alumni to encourage attendance - i.e. the Program Directors if it's a special program reunion
  • Don't miss the opportunity to verify and document history - it may be the last chance to hear the stories, watch certain groups of people interact, etc. Bring the camera and/or the video recorder.
Remember the Alumni Who Can't Attend
  • Many if not most of your alumni will be scattered throughout the country and the world
  • Take the time to jot down descriptions of special moments and include them with any available pictures to be distributed in a followup newsletter or to be posted on the web site.
  • Communication may be the only link that some alums have to camp and their fellow alumni.