Head Start


Facilitated By Paul Bailey, General Director of Camp Homewood

“There is one thing all boards have in common… They do not function.” – Peter Drucker.

There are over 170,000 charitable and non-profit organizations in Canada, including 85,000 registered charities recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency. India has over 2 million non-profits, the USA has 1.5 million, and worldwide there are approximately 6 million! The majority of non-profits are very small, and tens of thousands fail every year. This is a massive sector, and it is under great pressure. One of the keys to surviving and thriving as an organization is building a healthy and active board.

Camp boards experience problems because of a number of factors. Many who serve on a
camp board receive inadequate training, and frequently members have no clue as to their role  (Is there a Board Policy Manual? A job description?). Because camps are typically understaffed, board members frequently fill a variety of roles / functions that are not functions of the board (donor, fund raiser, worker, volunteer) which adds to the confusion. Almost always, there is a high level of emotional ownership and people have difficulty
separating the work of governance from their involvement as a member of the organization. All of these factors (and more!) can quickly lead to dysfunction.

Paul Bailey has worked on boards and has worked for boards all of his adult life. His
experience, training, and passion for good governance has benefitted many in camping. This seminar is rich in practical information that could help transform your relationship with your board, your understanding of best practices, and the ability of your board to perform with excellence.

Note: This is a great opportunity to spend the day learning with your Board Chair or other member of your Board. The benefits to your camp will be much greater if several people interact with the material!

Topics of Discussion Will Include:

1. Clarifying Board & Staff Roles (The three “hats” board members wear)
2. Board Profile – Selecting Good Board Members
3. Term Limits for Board Members
4. Role of the Chair
5. Role of the CEO / Executive Director
6. How to Create Good / Memorable Board meetings
7. Committee Effectiveness
8. Transition & Succession Planning
9. Fundraising
10. Good Reports
11. Evaluation (Of Board Members and the Executive Director)