…a staff management system

With training modules, materials, rubrics and forms designed for you, our program allows you to integrate e21 into your existing staff training and communication systems. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to!

… a professional development tool

When we talk about the skills staff need to succeed, what are we referring to? e21’s staff management framework is underpinned by the concept of 21st century skills and their development and measurement within the Camp setting.  

So what ARE 21st century skills?

You may already be familiar with the phrase "21st Century Skills" - you might even employ it in your marketing and programming - many camps are already positioning themselves as platforms for 21st century learning. If so, do you include learning for your staff or are you focused solely on camper outcomes?

Or, you may be new to the phrase. So what exactly does it mean? It is used to describe traits, competencies and knowledge that are considered by employers, institutions and educators to be required (and lacking in applicants) for success in today's world. They are often referred to as non-cognitive skills or soft skills - things such as leadership, critical thinking and creativity.

e21 has researched and identified six key skill areas that are essential both to the performance of a role at camp, and that align with those reported as being necessary for success academically, personally and professionally. They are:

Research has shown that these skills can not be learned by reading a book, listening in a classroom or by observing others. They can ONLY be developed by experience, using real projects and conflicts and obstacles to try and try again.

As you know, opportunities to practice and develop these skills are in abundance at camp!

an example of the digital badging credentials that e21 issues to participants

an example of the digital badging credentials that e21 issues to participants

The existence and promotion of a growth mindset is a key facet of e21’s philosophy. We believe that starting here means anything is possible!

e21 is also…

…a group of camp professionals who believe camps are one way to close the skills gap

…using the camp staff experience as a vehicle for change and growth in young people

…a way to recognize & reward the development of critical workforce skills


A generation of confident and skilled young people, ready to excel in a world that recognizes the intrinsic value of the camp experience


To support camps in harnessing the unique experiential learning opportunities they offer, and to raise expectations of their staff, themselves and their communities

We achieve this using our evidence-based management tool to educate, evaluate and empower camp staff at every level