52 episodes

The stories, lessons, and magic of summer camp change campers (and staff) for the better every year. Speaking with people who spend their lives planning for and running summer camps around the country, the Campfire Conversation podcast will give parents, teachers, coaches and mentors a unique perspective on raising, teaching and leading children. Pull up a log, get your marshmallows ready, and let’s chat!

Campfire Conversation Cole Kelly

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9, 43 Ratings

The stories, lessons, and magic of summer camp change campers (and staff) for the better every year. Speaking with people who spend their lives planning for and running summer camps around the country, the Campfire Conversation podcast will give parents, teachers, coaches and mentors a unique perspective on raising, teaching and leading children. Pull up a log, get your marshmallows ready, and let’s chat!

    A Covid Camp Director

    A Covid Camp Director

    Cole spends some time around the campfire talking about what it's been like being a Camp Director in the time of a pandemic. 

    • 23 min
    Happy Campers Back Home

    Happy Campers Back Home

    We all know the power of camp: the fun, activities we have a hard time re-creating at home, and the joy of learning something new. While many camps have closed for this summer, Happy Camper Live has become a great way to keep the spirit of camp going for kids all across the country.  Join me, Allison Miller and Steve Slavkin to learn how we can literally bring camp home this summer.

    • 37 min
    Council of Dads

    Council of Dads

    After chatting with the moms last week, it's time for the dads to get into the action this week.  Tune in as we assemble the "Council of Dads" to talk about how summer camp makes better Dads.
     
     

    • 37 min
    What Moms Can Learn from Camp

    What Moms Can Learn from Camp

    Camp teaches a lot of great lessons to kids and staff. And, it teaches us parents as well. I thought it would be fun and instructive to find out how camp has shaped the parenting styles of three great moms with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working for many years.

    • 41 min
    The Power of Mentorship

    The Power of Mentorship

    Summer camp serves as a launching point for so many people. Thankfully, it’s helped a large number of staff and campers alike become professional helpers as mentors and teachers. LaDarrius Calvin, Vice President of Boy II Men in Indianapolis, IN, spends some time talking about the magic of summer camp the power of mentorship. 

    • 33 min
    Lessons of the Past, Inspiration for the Future

    Lessons of the Past, Inspiration for the Future

    For the first time in my professional life, I have some concerns about summer camp opening. It’s not what I want to even think about. However, as Mr. Rogers used to say, if it’s human, it’s mentionable. And, if it’s mentionable, it’s manageable. 
    Like many other cultural institutions, summer camp has been greatly affected by Covid-19. Thankfully, there are a number of wonderful resources helping us learn more and devine a future forward. Whether it’s the actions of the American Camp Association national office, our local ACA offices, the Jewish Federation of Camps, our local Department of Health offices: they are doing their all to determine a safe path forward. 
    The other resource we have are those who have lived through something similar. When all this starting happening, one of the first people I thought of was Bobby Harris, the longtime camp director of URJ Camp Coleman. While Bobby has been in camping a little while longer than I have, we’ve got a lot of connections: time spent in Boston, experiences helping to lead multiple camps and the virus that brought originally together 12 years ago. Heck, he’s even got one of our former campers playing guitar on the welcome page of his website!
    This is a perfect time to learn from past and take inspiration for the future. Bobby Harris is the right camp director to provide both. I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation with my friend, Bobby Harris.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

MaineMom5 ,

Wonderful Parenting Ideas

We’ve loved camp and what’s it has done for our children and grandchildren. These podcasts take the best of camp and give it to parents to put in practice back home. Well done. More should listen and share these ideas!

jk8787 ,

Campfire convo

I’m a kid and I looove camp I have grown up with it in my life and I’m obsessed with it. I love campfire at camp and I actually go to weequahic and it is the best part of my year. I can’t get over the family aspect of it but it is just short enough for me to keep yearning to come back. I think that this podcast just helps me in so many ways that if I listed them that we would be here all day and I just give it five stars hands down. I recommend it to all ages. Love this have an awesome time enjoying this podcast.

Camper Girls ,

Camper girls

Such great insights. In the absence of summer, I am enjoying this virtual campfire and all the wisdom that comes from it! Thank you for all you are doing to enrich the hearts and minds of our youngest generation!

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