Mission: I'm possible

Promoting Education, Sports and Fun while challenging the status quo.

The ESF Way is about dreaming big, challenging assumptions, thinking creatively, and never compromising safety or quality. Our commitment to excellence is in our DNA and it’s what makes us the leader in the people development business.

Our mission is to provide the finest camp experience for people of all ages- an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. We are committed to quality and excellence in everything we do. We provide carefully designed programs and activities, a dedicated, experienced and well-trained staff, along with a caring, safe environment with premier facilities. Through education, sports, and fun, we offer opportunities for campers and team members to believe in themselves and to achieve their full potential.

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What we live by Our 12 core values

ESF is more than an organization or a company; we are a Team set apart by our 12 Core Values. They underlie the manner in which we operate, are present in every aspect of our work, and compel us to make a difference in the lives of others. Below are our 12 core values, the specific behaviors and skills we care about most—the heart of ESF.


  • We always speak the truth
  • We protect this organization’s reservoir of trust and credibility which makes possible all of our work
  • We are known for candor, authenticity, and transparency
  • We only say things about fellow team members that we say to their face
  • We admit mistakes freely and openly
  • We do what we say we will do when we say we will do it


  • We respect ourselves and find balance in our life since we are driven by our mission and used to absorbing stress
  • We treat people with respect regardless of their status or disagreement with us
  • We respect the environment we work, live, and play in
  • We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture at ESF


  • We say what we think, when it’s in the best interest of ESF, even if it is uncomfortable
  • We make tough decisions
  • We take smart risks and are open to possible failure
  • We question actions inconsistent with our values
  • We are always curious, in search of truth


  • We commit to making a difference in the communities we serve
  • We always do our best and subordinate ourselves to the task at hand
  • We accomplish amazing amounts of important work
  • We demonstrate consistently strong performance so Team Members can rely on us
  • We make our Team Members better
  • We focus on results


  • We don’t make assumptions
  • We make wise decisions despite ambiguity
  • We identify root causes, and get beyond treating symptoms
  • We think strategically, and can articulate what we are, and are not, trying to do
  • We are good at using data to inform our decisions
  • We make decisions based on the long term, not the near term


  • We find joy in our work because we are part of an organization devoted to doing good through inspiring youth
  • We inspire others with our thirst for excellence
  • We care intensely about our Team members, our campers, and ESF’s success
  • We are positive, tenacious and optimistic
  • We exhibit an attitude of gratitude
  • We are quietly confident and openly humble


  • We commit to safety in all that we do when we are responsible for people’s lives
  • We stay current and knowledgeable on all ESF health, safety, and security protocols
  • We will protect not only the physical safety of children, but also their mental health and emotional well-being
  • We are an active participant in all training sessions and ask questions for clarification


  • We say only what we mean and we mean what we say
  • We are concise and articulate in speech and writing
  • We listen well and seek to understand before reacting
  • We maintain calm poise in stressful situations to draw out the clearest thinking
  • We provide candid, helpful, timely feedback to Team Members
  • We avoid gossiping of any kind


  • We seek what is best for ESF, rather than what is best for ourself or our group
  • We are open-minded in search of great ideas
  • We make time to help team members
  • We share information openly and proactively

Customer Focus

  • We are driven to go above and beyond in delivering them the “wow” factor
  • We commit to helping our customers and fellow Team Members solve actual problems
  • We make an effort to empathize and understand the needs of our customers


  • We learn rapidly and eagerly
  • We seek to always improve and self-develop
  • We take feedback well
  • We bloom where we are planted and strive for excellence always
  • We take responsibility for our actions and accept the consequences


  • We create new ideas that prove useful
  • We re-conceptualize issues to discover solutions to hard problems
  • We challenge prevailing assumptions, and suggest better approaches
  • We keep ourselves nimble by minimizing complexity and finding time to simplify
  • We thrive on change

40 years young and we're Just getting started