85 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!

    The First Full (time) Year

    The First Full (time) Year

    After six summers and 15-months of ‘full time’ camp work, Samantha Thomson joins us around the campfire to explore the full time life of summer camp. (Hint: there is no ‘off-season!’). Enjoy!

    • 25 min
    The Start of a (Camp) Life Together

    The Start of a (Camp) Life Together

    Seeing great people build a life together is an amazing thing. That its also happening when you are helping to run camp together for the first time adds to the fun. Nikki Zenkel and Max Grossman join me to talk about their first foray into full time summer camp together and their plans for after the summer. Enjoy!

    • 23 min
    A Spark of Wonder

    A Spark of Wonder

    I’ve enjoyed working with and supporting Focus for a Future for many summers. The work they do introduces, as one great camp guy describes it, a spark of wonder for all the children at camp. My friend, Andy Newberg, joins me around the campfire to give us the inside scoop on all the great outcomes Focus for a Future and their volunteers create for kids.

    • 31 min
    Camp Can Make Business Better

    Camp Can Make Business Better

    What is learned at camp can have far reaching effects both personally and professionally. Tony McGaharan left Northern Ireland to spend two summers at camp. His journey from there included working for non-profits and then Google before starting People Playbook, a company which sounds a whole lot like… well, being back at camp.

    • 28 min
    Starting a Camp from Scratch

    Starting a Camp from Scratch

    Imagine taking a nice piece of property, full of trees and grass, and turning it into a summer camp. Think about all the pieces that go into that experience – planning, building, creating and more. Jackie Brethel of Kippewa Point tells us all about the ins and outs of starting a camp from scratch!

    • 27 min
    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

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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