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In-depth discussion for full-time, year-round summer camp directors and leaders. Featuring discussions about marketing, staff training, hiring and working with camp parents (and much more!)

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In-depth discussion for full-time, year-round summer camp directors and leaders. Featuring discussions about marketing, staff training, hiring and working with camp parents (and much more!)

    Adventure Programming and Training - CampHacker #121

    Adventure Programming and Training - CampHacker #121

    Adventure programming is about way more than a $1M ropes course!
    Adventure programming, challenge courses, low ropes, rock walls, team-building, staff construction, initiatives, WHATEVER you want to call it, this episode is about that.
    This type of camp program has really been changing and growing over the years. From the early days where people built and tested their own ropes courses to today where zip-lines are tested by the same people who certify elevators, we’ve certainly seen it grow.
    One thing that has remained true is the goal of adventure programming. Campers take part in adventure programming at your camp to become changed through exposure to challenge and risk. Whether that be the risk that comes with being 30 feet in the air or that risk of telling their friend that they need better communication from them, the benefits to this type of programming are truly endless.
    However, before you get your harness on and take a drill to an unsuspecting maple tree to start an adventure program at your camp, there are a lot of things to consider. Who will make sure your ropes course is up to regulatory standards? Do your staff know how to properly run adventure programming? Have you properly budgeted for this course? What the heck is an Ubuntu card!?
    Yeah. Put that drill away and get, Air Pods out and listen in to this episode. Gabz, Travis and Joe are joined by Phil Brown from High 5 Adventure. Phil lends his expertise to the group as they share their practical tips and philosophies when it comes to planning, implementation evaluating and proper training for adventure programming.
    What is the coolest adventure program you have at your camp? Let us know in the comments!
    Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director
    Travis: Loom
    Joe: Wall Control Magnetic PegBoard:
    Gabz: ToDoist
    Phil: Ubuntu cards
    Your Hosts:
    Travis Allison, Summer Camp Consultant - CampHacker.TV, Founder at Go Camp Pro
    Joe Richards, Executive Director - Pearce Williams Summer Camp & Retreat Facility
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Phil Brown, Trainer, High 5 Adventure
    Also, check out High 5 Adventure’s Podcast
    Rate and Review the CampHacker Show
    (Thank you!)
    Bonus Content! - The Canadian Camping Magazine Searchable Archive
    Thanks for letting your awesome out, Joe!
    https://archive.org/details/canadian-camping-association
    Thanks to our sponsor!
    Radtagz - Be and Be Known


            

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    Magical Meals - First Class Counsellors #12

    Magical Meals - First Class Counsellors #12

    Welcome to episode 12 of First Class Counsellors! The best counsellors are the ones that take every opportunity to be intentional about the time they spend with their campers. A meal can often be one of the most overlooked chances to make connections with kids, and that sort of makes sense. At meals, there are so many things to pay attention to: are the kids eating? Did they get enough food? Are they all at the table? It’s not easy! Once you’ve got the basics down though, then it’s time for the fun to start! Meals are such a great time to have fun, make conversation and overall, make connections with our campers. These days, some kids may not have the type of home-life where they sit away from a TV or a video, so this is our opportunity to show them something awesomely different! it’s your time to shine and that’s where this show is here to help. Join Oliver and Matt for this deep-dive into how to make meals better than just normal. In this episode, you’ll learn: The basics about how dining halls work at different camps What you need to look out for while kids are eating How to help campers who are picky eaters try new foods Some strategies and games for making meaningful conversation at the table. Some games and activities that you can try to add some magic into the meal. Remember that as you listen to this episode: As we always say, make sure you’re following your camp’s policies and procedures. Don’t promise campers anything you can’t deliver on or anything would be against the way that your camp has trained you on. When in doubt about using a strategy, ask! - As usual, we hope that what we offer to your staff is incredibly useful. If you do send this along, we would be happy to hear about it. Please let us know by emailing Matt at matt@gocamp.pro - Get Ready - Counsellors, do this NOW to level up your counselling skills Oliver: Find a way to have your table at your chest when you eat your next meal. When you do this, you find out real quick why campers are always spilling things or standing up or sitting in weird positions. Matt: Think about your global impact when you are eating or at the grocery store this week. When you go to the grocery store, how hard is it to buy food that isn’t in packaging or to not use reusable bags. Think about that to help shape your experiences to pass on to campers. Host Links Oliver Gregan, Summer and Families Camp Director at YMCA Camp Jewell Matt Honsberger, Executive Producer of Podcasting at Go Camp Pro What is First Class Counsellors? Camp Directors, this Podcast isn’t for you. It’s time to delegate! First Class Counsellors is for your counselling staff, the ones who are on the ground, playing with kids and changing lives. Each week, we’ll cover practical and accessible tips that will level up your camp counsellor skills. These are things every counsellor should know, but that you may not have time to teach in staff training. Our two hosts, Oliver Gregan, Summer and Families Camp Director at YMCA Camp Jewell and Matt Honsberger from Go Camp Pro are excited to be able to provide this resource to camp counsellors and up and coming staff, who they believe, have the most important job at camp. This is free professional development for your counsellors! We would love your feedback. Please leave your comments below, or, send Matt an email! Thank you! Bonus Content - Thanks for reading the show notes! Oliver’s list of creative meal options. If you want to know more about these, send Oliver an email - oliver.gregan@ghymca.org Picnics Caveman meals Silent meals Blind folded 1 on 1 Tied together meals No table meals High table meals Working lunches Campfire meal Make a plate for a friend Serve another table Entertainment meal Poker meals Foriegn language meals Large utensils Upside down Under the table/mole people meal T

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    New Show! - The Camp Owners Podcast - Ep. 1 - Camp as a Business - ft. Steve Baskin!

    New Show! - The Camp Owners Podcast - Ep. 1 - Camp as a Business - ft. Steve Baskin!

    A New Podcast from Go Camp Pro - The Camp Owners Podcast!
    Whether you are a Camp Owner, an aspiring camp owner, or a lover of some of our other Go Camp Pro podcasts, we’re so happy to have you here.
    The Camp Owners Podcast is here to explore a side of the summer camp world that is experienced by those that have the privilege of running an independent program.
    In this world of camp, the stakes are high. Not only do private camps have the same goals, aspirations and responsibilities that other camps have, but there is also usually a ton of personal livelihood on the line. When you OWN a camp, you really do own the successes and failures that any for-profit enterprise faces.
    On this podcast, our hosts, Howie Grossinger and Kelly Schuna will be joined by some seasoned prime camp professionals to dive deep into the issues that most private camp pros will need to face, and the best practices that they use to create, and sustain a summer camp for their campers to enjoy summer after summer.
    In season one, tune in to the podcast monthly to hear about topics like Camp As a Business, Camp Insurance, Buying and Selling Camps, Work/Life Balance, Pricing, Staff Training & Engagement
    Thanks for tuning in! If you have any feedback, please get in touch with our producer, Matt at matt@gocamp.pro.
    In our first episode, Camp as a Business, Howie and Kelly are joined by the wise and wonderful Steve Baskin of Camp Champions. Together, Howie, Kelly and Steve address some of the unique aspects of the private camp industry and what even the most business-savvy camp pros need to be thinking about as we enter a new decade.
    Tune in to hear about:
    What can you expect from this season of the Camp Owners Podcast?
    Steve Baskin’s camp origin story and his favourite part of being a Camp Owner
    What does it mean to view camp “as a business”?
    What is a unique or unexpected challenge of being in the business of camp?
    What is an insider tip that you would give to a new or up-and-coming camp owner?
    What is something that camp owners should have on their radar for the future of the industry?
    What is something you hope to learn from the hosts and guests of the Camp Owners Pod? Let us know in the comments!
    What Inspires You? - Things that inspire our hosts and guests to be the best Camp Owners they can be.
    Howie: Simon Sinek - https://simonsinek.com/
    Kelly: Esther Wojcicki - “The single most important behaviour that you can role model for your children is the ability to have functional relationships” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther_Wojcicki
    Steve: Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck and David Jaeger’s work regarding mindset.
    Carol Dweck - https://www.ted.com/speakers/carol_dweck
    Angela Duckworth - https://angeladuckworth.com/
    David Jaeger - https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/camping-magazine/mindsets-matter
    Host Links:
    Hosts:
    Howie Grossinger - Co-owner/Director - Camp Robin Hood, Partner - Camp Walden & Madawaska Camps
    Kelly Schuna, Owner - Hidden Pines Ranch
    Guest:
    Steve Baskin, Executive Director - Camp Champions, Camp Pinnacle, Partner - Everwood Day Camp
    Thanks to our sponsor - CampBrain!CampBrain is a robust camp tool designed not only to manage summer camps, but also manage your conference center and fundraising needs, all in one database. Since 1994 CampBrain has been innovating and constantly adding new features. Look for the Camp Store Module being released this spring. For more information visit them at http://campbrain.com.


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    The All Tool of the Week Episode - Part 2 - CampHacker #120

    The All Tool of the Week Episode - Part 2 - CampHacker #120

    The All TOWS Show #2 - CampHacker #120
    January 9, 2020
    Fantastic Focus Groups - CampHacker #119
    CampHacker
    Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher
    Tool of the Week - (insert trombone music here)
    We’re back with a second edition of an all tool of the week show. We received a ton of positive feedback about the last episode and because we’re all about giving the camp pros what they want…here you go!
    Tune in to hear all about Gab, Dan and Travis’ favourite tools that help make them a better camp director.
    If you’re checking out the show notes for the links…hey! Here they are!
    Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director
    Phone apps
    Dan
    Fantastical for iPhone - https://flexibits.com/fantastical
    Google Keep - https://keep.google.com/u/0/
    FlipClock - https://fliqlo.com/
    Gabz
    Decide Now! - https://decidenow-app.com/
    Get Pocket - https://getpocket.com/
    Tyme - https://www.tyme-app.com/en/
    Travis
    Pocketcasts - https://www.pocketcasts.com/
    Google Home - https://store.google.com/ca/product/google_home
    GStone - find gaming groups - https://www.gstonegames.com/homepage_eng/

    Software
    Gabz
    Google Slides - https://www.google.ca/slides/about/
    Figma - https://www.figma.com/
    Travis
    Basecamp - https://basecamp.com/welcome-back
    CamelCamelCamel.com - https://ca.camelcamelcamel.com
    MightyNetworks - https://www.mightynetworks.com/

    Books
    Dan
    When by Dan Pink - https://amzn.to/2T25PQJ
    Originals: how nonconformists move the world by Adam Grant - https://amzn.to/39UaWZ5
    The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene - https://amzn.to/35AdxnN
    Bonus: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek - https://amzn.to/2QXgFF5
    Gabz
    Mending Matters - https://amzn.to/2QVwgos
    Sapiens: A brief history of humankind - https://amzn.to/2s2D6Qy
    Proust and the Squid - Maryanne Wolf - https://amzn.to/2R17Slc
    Travis
    The Art of Gathering - Priya Parker - https://amzn.to/2QAm45R
    Gun Machine by Warren Ellis - https://amzn.to/2tFnpiL
    Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng - https://amzn.to/2sYY0ka

    Hobby-ish things
    Dan
    Free Audiobooks - Libby App - https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/
    Untitled Goose Game - Nintendo Switch - https://goose.game/
    Rocksmith - Xbox - https://rocksmith.ubisoft.com/rocksmith/en-us/home/
    Gabz
    Printing - Book
    Skill Share 10$ per month - https://www.skillshare.com/
    Centr - https://centr.com/join-us
    Travis
    AFOL LEGO - Skylines, Bricklink, Rebrickable
    Kindle Unlimited - $.99/month for 3 months trial - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/hz/subscribe/ku?shoppingPortalEnabled=true
    Masterclass.com - https://www.masterclass.com/

    Misc
    Dan
    Joby tripod for video conferencing - https://amzn.to/39TGEpi
    Anker Batteries - https://www.anker.com/
    FOCUSPOWER F10 Mini Earbud - https://amzn.to/303fOGN
    Udemy - https://www.udemy.com/
    Your Hosts:
    Travis Allison, Summer Camp Consultant - CampHacker.TV, Founder at Go Camp Pro
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Dan Weir, Sr. Director - Youth Development, Summer Camp, & Strategic Initiatives - YMCA of Long Island

    Rate and Review the CampHacker Show in iTunes 
    (Thank you!)
    Thanks to our sponsor!
    Radtagz - Be and Be Known
    PS: Do you believe in what we do?
    If you’ve gotten even one good idea from the CampHacker Podcast, we would really appreciate your official support.
    To help support the work that we do, you can:
    Leave us an honest iTunes review - http://camphacker.tv/itunes
    Support the show by becoming a Pateron subscriber - https://www.patreon.com/camphacker
    Thanks so much!


            

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    Interlude - Stories About Missing Home - First Class Counsellors Podcast

    Interlude - Stories About Missing Home - First Class Counsellors Podcast

    Happy New Year!
    We’re taking some time off to be with friends and family over the holidays.
    That means no new episode this week.
    AWWW.
    We know, we know. But don’t worry, we’ve still got something for you.
    The last episode, we talked about how to help campers who are missing home. As we do, we went long in that episode and didn’t have time to include everything that we talked about.
    One piece of content that was cut was Oliver and Matt’s personal stories about missing home in their first couple of years at camp.
    That’s what we have for you this episode! Tune-in to hear about how Matt and Oliver’s counsellors helped them overcome their homesickness and fall in love with camp.
    Host Links
    Oliver Gregan, Summer and Families Camp Director at YMCA Camp Jewell
    Matt Honsberger, Executive Producer of Podcasting at Go Camp Pro
    This is free professional development for your counsellors! We would love your feedback. Please leave your comments below, or, send Matt an email! Thank you!


            

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    Fantastic Focus Groups - CampHacker #119

    Fantastic Focus Groups - CampHacker #119

    Fantastic, frank, feedback from families and staff.
    There are not many industries out there like ours…for many reasons!
    One of the primary ones is the focus that we all share on relationship building. Whether it’s between campers, staff and campers, staff and staff or admin and staff, building cohesive and strong relationships may as well be the theme of every day at camp.
    The relationships that our camps have with their families are unique and wonderful, too. Yes, families are our clients and any business out there can say, “We treat our clients as families”, but we know that when it comes to camp, we’re not just a service provider to those families, we’re partners in raising their children.
    Part of that “partnership” is showing families that we value their opinion and perspective when it comes to working with your camp.
    Now, hopefully, you’ve got some sort of feedback mechanism for your parents, (if you don’t, get in touch, we can help with that!). Surveys, calling families, soliciting online reviews are all good, but those can seem very surface level or even transactional. To up the level of trust, intentionality and intimacy with your families, it may be time to think about focus groups.
    A focus group is one of the best ways to get the real and emotion-driven feedback that you could never get from a digital survey. As well, spending that face-time with some of your most valued families is one of the best ways to build trust in your camp. When you show your families that you want to truly understand their perspective, you show them that you are committed to them and their child.
    Focus groups can also be a valuable tool to use with your staff. If you want to introduce change, brainstorm new program ideas or just see things from their perspective, a focus group can build trust and group buy-in among your team.
    What should you ask in a focus group? Where should you do it? Who should you ask to attend? All great questions! To answer them, Travis, Dan and Gab are on the case! Tune in to hear about the strategies and intentions that you should think about when planning your next focus group.
    What kinds of questions would you ask in a parent focus group? Let us know in the comments!
    Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director
    Travis: Custom inside joke stickers (check out the Youtube video of this episode to see Seth’s!)
    Dan: 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace
    Gab: Getting your camp dog vertified as a therapy dog or emotional support animal. Parents will love it!

    Your Hosts:
    Travis Allison, Summer Camp Consultant - CampHacker.TV, Founder at Go Camp Pro
    Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau
    Dan Weir, Sr. Director - Youth Development, Summer Camp, & Strategic Initiatives - YMCA of Long Island

    Rate and Review the CampHacker Show in iTunes
    (Thank you!)
    Thanks to our sponsor!
    Radtagz - Be and Be Known
    PS: Something special, for those of you who read to the end of the show notes:
    Go Camp Pro’s “Find Your Karen” exercise - An essential guide for finding (and keeping) the exact, right families for your summer camp.


            

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