|aOutdoor site and facility management :|btools for creating memorable places /|cWynne Whyman.
|aChampaign, Ill. :|bHuman Kinetics|cc2008.
|axxii, 207 p. :|bill. ;|c28 cm. |e1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 195-197) and index.
|aPlace: integrating program and property -- Participants: a welcoming invitation -- People: your greatest asset -- Land: surveying your options -- Grounds: creating your setting -- Natural resources: inspiration, education, and stewardship -- Facilities: your visible identity -- Time: making to most of it -- Finances: constructing the future -- Records: at your fingertips -- Risk: managing to be prepared -- Appendix: site and facility job descriptions -- Glossary.
Your site and facilities, whether a beautiful building, a welcoming camp setting, or a natural wilderness area, are a large part of what draws participants to your property. They are also your largest financial investment, so proper management of them is crucial. Outdoor Site and Facility Management: Tools for Creating Memorable Places is a comprehensive resource for staff, board members, management, and owners charged with the complex and challenging task of managing and maintaining properties. The book offers a step-by-step property management plan that will help you to provide the safe environment and positive atmosphere so important to creating memorable experiences for your participants. Rather than focusing on the technical skills of facility maintenance or site development, this book offers a broad perspective of property management. It introduces an integrated systems approach to the management of a variety of organizations, such as overnight and day camps, conference centers, outdoor learning centers, government parks, dude and guest ranches, commercial camp grounds, schools, not-for-profit organizations, and religious organizations. You'll have creative strategies to manage day-to-day operations, such as these: * Planning and forecasting * Board and administrator responsibilities * Working with volunteers * Natural resource management * Hiring staff * Budgeting and financial oversight * Time management * Record keeping * Risk management You'll also find practical advice to help you make sound decisions and form solutions that are tailored to your unique property. The author devotes a chapter to each of the key components of property management and includes 48 practical tools, such as forms and checklists; practical techniques and examples; sample job descriptions; a glossary; and a list of the indicators of successful management discussed in the chapter. The bound-in CD-ROM contains the following features: * 65 editable forms and checklists, including maintenance schedules, staffing needs charts, inspection forms, financial plans, feedback forms, and strategic planning documents * A list of editable job descriptions that you can use for defining job responsibilities and establishing the hiring process * A comprehensive list of resources, including Web sites, articles, and books, so you can easily find specialized information and local resources With Outdoor Site and Facility Management: Tools for Creating Memorable Places, you'll gain a complete picture of your property's physical, ecological, financial, and personnel assets. Most important, you'll discover the best way to manage your property and ultimately increase the equity of your assets and the marketability and long-term viability of your operation.