69 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 • 46 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!

    Sports, Camps and Christ: An Introduction to the FCA

    Sports, Camps and Christ: An Introduction to the FCA

    It’s Christmas season and, for many, that means as much reverence as it does presents. In that vein, we wanted to learn a bit more about Christian summer camps. My new friend, Spencer Breedlove, joined the campfire to teach us more about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Merry Christmas everyone. See you around the campfire in the new year!

    • 33 min
    Jewish Camping: A Primer

    Jewish Camping: A Primer

    As we move into the holiday season, we are talking about religious camps around the campfire.  Our neighbor and good friend Jeff Braverman of Camp Nesher and NJY Camps joins us for an introduction into the joys of Jewish camping.

    • 39 min
    Grateful for Summer Camp

    Grateful for Summer Camp

    There is a lot to be grateful when thinking about summer camp: incredible mentors, carefree activities, a thriving community… and all the good this provides. Dan Zenkel, the person responsible for getting Kate and I into camping, is around the campfire to talk about what he’s grateful for, SCOPE, and a lot more. 

    • 28 min
    Welcome Back, International Staff!

    Welcome Back, International Staff!

    While there are a lot of pieces to a ‘great summer camp’ puzzle, summer staff is the biggest and most important one. For many camps, international staff members who come through the J1Visa cultural exchange program are essential to their staffing puzzle. Ivy Cohen, head of Camp Leaders, is around the campfire to explain the importance of these great people to camps across the US.

    • 34 min
    We Did It! Opening Campfire, Season 6

    We Did It! Opening Campfire, Season 6

    When we last left you, summer camp staff orientation was about to start and the campers were not far behind. It’s been a few months now since we dosed the last campfire of the summer and caught our collective breath. Camp was amazing and challenging and fantastic and tiring – more so than any summer before. And, it was the most important summer in the history of our industry. Here’s a short conversation from the two of us as we learn from this past summer and prepare for an even better Summer ’22.

    • 26 min
    Final Campfire - Season 5

    Final Campfire - Season 5

    Wow - What a year! Tonight's final campfire of this season is about both remembering and looking forward. We hope this fun "wrap up" conversation leaves you looking forward to more Campfire Conversations this fall. Have a safe and happy summer!
     

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 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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