80 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 • 47 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!

    What Camp Teaches a Teacher

    What Camp Teaches a Teacher

    How does working at summer camp influence a school teacher? In what ways does working as a teacher make you a better a summer camp professional? Our long-time team member, Dana Stassen, lives in both worlds professionally and is happy to share her insights. Enjoy!

    • 38 min
    Leaders are Grown

    Leaders are Grown

    What is it like to go to camp when it’s nothing like the world you know? What’s it like to move from camper to counselor and then to Division Head? How do we apply the lessons of camp back home? Jorge Perez is kind enough sit around the campfire and answer these and many other questions. Enjoy!

    • 30 min
    Hope for Homeless Kids

    Hope for Homeless Kids

    ‌ Did you know that one-third of the homeless population in the US is made up of families? Homelessness can have a huge (negative) impact on children… which is why camp can be so important and positively impactful in their lives. The work that Tyrone Squire and Homes for the Homeless is doing is literally changing lives.

    • 22 min
    Maintenance Matters

    Maintenance Matters

    One of the most necessary (and under-appreciated, misunderstood) aspects of camp is maintenance. Camp Maintenance Director John Weidner is around the campfire to pull back the curtain on this essential work at camp.  A must listen for parents, camp directors and camp summer staff!

    • 31 min
    What you get from working at or going to Summer camp

    What you get from working at or going to Summer camp

    We are talking today about all the benefits sleepaway camp has to offer.  We talk to so many people on the podcast who are summer camp lifers.  They grew up at camp or their family ran the camp, but Sara and I share something in common.  We don’t come from that background.  We found summer camp later in life and we want to explore what that impact has on people.

    • 37 min
    From Counselor to Camp Professional

    From Counselor to Camp Professional

    Every summer, more than 100,000 college-aged people decide to work at summer camp. From this incredible pool of people, we hope to find a few that want to do the work full-time. Brenn McCans has several great lessons to share from her bumpy path from counselor to camp professional. Enjoy!

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 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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