Report of Sandy Island Camp Committee to Sandy Island 2018 Campers Camp Year 2018 Results Camp Year 2019 Plans

  1. Overview
    1. At its end of the Camp Year 2018 planning retreat, the Sandy Island Camp Committee (SICC) reviewed survey input from Campers, Sandy Island Management reports and their personal experience.
    2. Based on the above data, these are the key points that summarize the 2018 Camp year:
      1. The major change at Sandy Island this year was a completely redesigned Waterfront. This was a huge success as measured by the very positive comments from the campers! More people utilized the waterfront this year, and some yet-to-be-installed features (2nd set of stairs into the water, hand railings, etc.) and adjustments in respond to feedback are planned to round out a fantastic Waterfront.
      2. New mattresses and fitted sheets were procured for the non-bunkbeds in all camper cabins. The comfort of these new mattresses was again a big hit with the campers. Additionally, new Adirondack chairs for the cabins and the Waterfront were purchased.
  • Due to cycles of warm and cold weather during the winter and an abundant harvest of acorns, the mice population in the Winnipesaukee region and on the island exploded. With guidance from professional exterminators, the problem was brought under control by Week 6.
  1. Also, increased emphasis was placed on obtaining more surveys from campers.
    1. The Number of surveys received increased by 17% from 2017 to 331, which is equivalent to 71% of all Camper families. The SICC thanks each of you for submitting surveys.
    2. The Overall Satisfaction level was 96.9%, a slight increase over the 96.4% Satisfaction of 2017.
  2. The review of this data showed that
    1. The Strongest areas continue to be
      1. Quality of the food
      2. Staff – particularly the Food Service, Service Crew, and Island Staff
    2. The Areas for Continued Improvement are
      1. Program/Program Staff
      2. Craft Shop/Expertise of Craft Shop Staff
      3. Facilities – with an emphasis on a comprehensive Maintenance List/Plan and ensuring all Cabins meet key requirements ( See Healthy Cabins note below).
      4. Waterfront to complete some deferred items, review programs, and review staffing assignments and policy communication.
      5. A process for planning major Capital developments.
      6. Improving and Conducting Surveys in several key areas – re-format current Camper surveys, Prioritizing New Ideas, new Surveys for Camper input on Store, Food, Craft Shop, Island micro-climate inventory.
    3. If you would like to help in these areas, please see the Plans section below.

More detail about the surveys, findings, and direction for Camp Year 2019 can be found here!

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