Often when we get home from camp we are so exhausted that we can not think straight. But, if we do a few simple things when we return home. We give our kids an even more memorable experience.
- Follow up is key. Most of what we do after camp in the form of social media is follow up. We want to help kids remember, relive and share their amazing camp week with other. Great social media follow and traditional post camp follow up allow us to do that exactly.
- Text kids and remind them to post the pictures they took to your www.zangzing.com group. The more kids that post pictures the night you return from camp, the higher probability that they will actually post these pictures. If you are having a difficult time in getting kids to post their pictures, you may have to create an incentive for them to do so.
- Have the trip leader post a 30 second video thanking kids for coming to your trip’s Facebook group. It is key to do this 2-4hours after the bus returns home. You created this group before summer and until know we have not done much with it.
- Post scripture passages from the week on your Facebook group. As you start campaigners (or in some cases continue campaigners), you know this is a critical and influential time for these new followers of Jesus Christ. I take notes of the scripture passages used during the week of camp. That way we can remind kids of the commitment they made.
- Post the best of the best of your camp trip photos in you trip Facebook group and on your area Facebook page. Once you have a critical mass of pictures from you group on http://www.zangzing.com, you can download and post them to these two places on Facebook. Make sure you, other leaders or even key kids tag people in them. You don’t want to post all of your pictures. For people who didn’t go on their trip, but want to see what took place, want a snapshot of the week.
- Post all videos you have taken to YouTube or Vimeo. I like Vimeo much better than YouTube, but more people are on YouTube. It is your preference. People want to view video and archive the location, rather than download large media files. You can take the videos taken by the camp and edit so it only shows your kids. Add the videos you shot over the week. Merge the two together. Remember people want to watch shorter videos online. Think video segments not a long video.
- Send a postcard or email to parents to remind them to view your group of all camp pictures on http://www.zangzing.com. You can direct them with a specific web address, security features (if you choose to set it up that way) and the exact url for your zinzang group.
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