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In-depth conversations with camp and youth development experts.

CampWir‪e‬ American Camp Association

    • Kids & Family

In-depth conversations with camp and youth development experts.

    Episode 33 | Cultural Appropriation at Camp: We Need to Stop Doing Harm

    Episode 33 | Cultural Appropriation at Camp: We Need to Stop Doing Harm

    This episode will not give you answers, but we hope that the questions we ask ourselves are thought provoking and valuable for the culture of your camp. ACA's Professional Development Manager of the Western Region, John Beitner sits down for an honest conversation between Camp Winnarainbow Director, Yatiel Owens and Tumbleweed Day Camp Owner/Director, Liz Kimmelman.  Together, we talk about the roles of our camp communities in recognizing cultural appropriation with staff and campers. Unacknowledged cultural appropriation continues to cause harm and acts as an inclusivity barrier for everyone.
    We are thrilled and thankful to have 3 sponsors for this episode.  Our huge thanks to ACTIVEWorks, CampBrain and UltraCamp.  Your support fuels our podcast and your services make the camp industry a better place.
     
    All music attributed to artists from freesound.org:
    -Guitar intro by eltenjohn (https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/) (changes made)
    -Guitar transition by kvgarlic (https://freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/sounds/149417/)
    -Guitar outro by joshuaempyre (https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/) (changes made)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 32 | Hiring for Diversity

    Episode 32 | Hiring for Diversity

    CampWire is pleased to bring you a conversation on hiring for diversity — full of value for camps and youth-serving organizations. Our expert panel covers topics around how camps can identify their diversity needs; how they can benefit from a diverse staff; how to address diversity, equity, and inclusion during staff training; and much more! As we approach a new year, we hope this episode offers rich perspective during the camp staff recruitment and hiring process. Special thanks to our wonderful panel:
    Host
    Michael Johnson — chair for the ACA, Great Rivers Field Office and member of the Staff Retention and Recruitment Committee
    Panel
    Susana Cruz — activities director for Midwest Children's Burn Camp and Camp Monarch and founder of Chicana in Nature
    Douglas Sutherland — executive director of Brantwood Camp and an organizer of Black Lives Matter at Camp
    Dr. Nika White — president and CEO of Nika White Consulting for strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion training
     
    All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:
    Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/
    Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 31 | Fall Camp for Virtual Learning & Looking Ahead to Summer 2021

    Episode 31 | Fall Camp for Virtual Learning & Looking Ahead to Summer 2021

    On this episode of CampWire, we are joined by Liz Kimmelman of Tumbleweed Day Camp in Los Angeles, CA and Andy Shlensky from North Star Camp for Boys in Hayward, WI.  We talk about how their camps safely served student communities as kids returned to their school programming in online formats amid the pandemic.  We also discuss how the Field Guide and lessons learned from summer 2020 will help camps offer more life-changing, in-person experiences as we look ahead to summer 2021.  
    Special thanks to our sponsor, camp management software - CampBrain!
    All music attributed to artists from freesound.org:
    -Guitar intro by eltenjohn (https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/) (changes made)
    -Guitar transition by kvgarlic (https://freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/sounds/149417/)
    -Guitar outro by joshuaempyre (https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/) (changes made)
     

    • 36 min
    Episode 30 | Stephen Gray Wallace & Youth Mental Health

    Episode 30 | Stephen Gray Wallace & Youth Mental Health

    On this bonus edition of CampWire - we sit down with school psychologist, adolescent and family counselor, SADD Chairman and CEO, camp director, researcher, motivational speaker, and college professor - Stephen Gray Wallace!  During this archived conversation we cover how Stephen got involved in the world of camp, his outlook on "relational vs. transactional counseling" and the critical need for mentoring and youth mental health professionals in camps and other organizations.
    Stephen currently serves as president and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), a national collaborative of institutions and organizations committed to increasing favorable youth outcomes and decreasing negative risk behaviors.
    Check out Stephen's new book, IMPACT – An Introduction to Counseling, Mentoring, and Youth Development.
     
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    Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Rave Sports!
    All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:
    Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/
    Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

    • 13 min
    Episode 29 | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussion

    Episode 29 | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussion

    On this episode of CampWire - Kymberly Miller facilitates a frank and candid discussion between three African American women that have created highly impactful youth development organizations. This compelling conversation covers information about the individual programs they’ve founded and what it takes to lead their organizations.  The group explores perspectives and opinions on the reality of white privilege and challenges to expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion.  They tackle leadership, fundraising and provide a message of support and solidarity for BIPOC camp professionals.
    Expert Panel:
    Facilitator - Kymberly Miller, Executive Director of Children’s Fairyland - Oakland’s Story Book Theme Park
    Guest - Sprinavasa Brown ,Co-Founder and Executive Director of  Camp ELSO - Experience Life Science Outdoors
    Guest - Kelly Carlisle, Executive Director Acta Non Verba - Youth Urban Farm Project 
    Guest - Tiffany McDuffie, Owner and Executive Director of Purposeful Play 
     
    All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:
    Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/
    Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 28 | Mental, Emotional & Social Health during a COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. G

    Episode 28 | Mental, Emotional & Social Health during a COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. G

    On this episode of CampWire - Board certified attending family physician and resilience expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Dr. G” joins John Beitner to speak to the importance of maintaining mental, emotional and social health (MESH) as a top priority at summer camp – even during a COVID-19 pandemic.
    Please "like" and subscribe.  As always, feel free to leave a comment on what you would like to see next!
     
    All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:
    Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/
    Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

    • 50 min

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