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CampNation 16 - Leaving staff wanting more
August 27, 2010 02:59 PM PDT
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At the end of our summer, camp staff are feeling drained and energy levels may be low, but it's such an important time of year. What can camp directors do to help staff through those last couple of weeks and ensure they are happy and 'left wanting more' when they leave for home? In CampNation #16 we talk about tips and tricks to ensure your best camp staff and counsellors return back next summer! Staff parties, trips, gift exchanges and more.

CampNation 15 - Staff Stamina
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July 28, 2010 12:38 PM PDT
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Links - News about the camping/recreation industry

  1. New Spice guy (if you are interested in the social media phenomena of the summer - the Old Spice commercials you might like this article describing the making of the commercials)
  2. Use social media to boost email open rates -
  3. Mitch Albom - Cell Phones and Summer Camp
  4. http://www.simonstamp.com/

Picks Of The Week - A tool that will make you a better camp director

Other Interesting Bits

Thanks for the evening, friends.

CampNation 14 - Staff Commitment
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July 13, 2010 12:22 PM PDT
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This week we had a good long chat about summer camp Staff Commitment and how to get staff engaged in their job.   It was really fun to welcome two guests this week: Beth Allison from Walking Maverick Consulting (a business and summer camp consulting company. Full Disclosure: Beth is my wife and long-time camp co-director) and Adam Issadore who’s involved in teaching drumming at summer camp with his Path To Rhythm Company.

LINKS - NEWS ABOUT THE CAMPING/RECREATION INDUSTRY

  1. Homesick or Kid sick – advice for parents
  2. Is summer camp dying? (The Week)
  3. We are Camp Campaign featured in CCA newsletter
  4. Sunset for an American Tradition (Christian Science Monitor)

PICKS OF THE WEEK – A TOOL THAT WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER CAMP DIRECTOR

 

CampNation 13 - Camp Marketing
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June 16, 2010 11:21 AM PDT
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Good Day and Welcome to CampNation 13 for the 3rd week of June, 2010.   

Links - News about the camping/recreation industry


Discussion   Are We Marketing Camp Correctly?

Picks Of The Week - A tool that will make you a better camp director


 

CampNation 12 - Tiered Pricing
Clean
June 07, 2010 12:17 PM PDT
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Links - News about the camping/recreation industry 

  1. (Travis) - PostSecret-like confessions get yearbook canned - http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/response-to-hs-yearbook-confessions-052010
  2. (Dan) - Time “How to Deprogram Bullies: Teaching Kindness 101” http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1989122,00.html
  3. (Joe) - http://calitreview.com/9087  This is an interesting take on how summer camp is portrayed in the media of movies - if you were hired as a camp counsellor and you went to the movie store to rent a movie to see what you have gotten yourself into - or to prepare - would you learn the right things?  Do the movies listed really show people what camp is?
  4. (Gab) - http://withoutmedia.wordpress.com/  “What was is it like to go without media for 24hrs?” Students from the University of Maryland try to go unplugged for 24hrs

Picks Of The Week - A tool that will make you a better camp director  

  • (Travis) - ReWork book by 37signals.com
 

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CampNation 11 - Year Round School
Clean
May 28, 2010 05:21 PM PDT
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LinksNews about the camping/recreation industry

  1. Small Business Trends: "Banning Social Media Doesn’t Work, Education Does"  
  2. Help busy women relax and recharge
  3. How Safe is your child’s summer camp?
  4. Summer camp launched my career - Andy Barrie

Picks Of The Week – A tool that will make you a better camp director

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CampNation 10 - Communicating with Parents During Camp
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May 04, 2010 12:36 PM PDT
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Welcome to CampNation 10.  This podcast we talk through what our camps are doing to keep in touch with parents during the summer.    It was a great discussion and it was really interesting to hear what the camps represented will be doing to remain “social” with their clients throughout a busy summer..   Thanks to Gabe Chernov from Birch Trail Camp in Minong, Wisconsin for joining us for this discussion.

Gabe also runs a free social network for summer camps called SmoreCamp.   Camps may find this an interesting alternative to Facebook for maintaining that feeling of community throughout the year.

CampNation 10 – Communicating with Parents During Camp

LinksNews about the camping/recreation industry

  1. 10 Dos and Don’ts for Brands on Twitter
  2. Facebook takes over the world.
  3. Five Tips for Making Ideas Happen (also listen to the author on the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast)

Picks Of The Week – A tool that will make you a better camp director

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CampNation 9 – Getting Things Done as a Camp Director
Clean
April 28, 2010 11:53 AM PDT
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CampNation 9 – Getting Things Done as a Camp Director

LinksNews about the camping/recreation industry

  1. Teaching About Web Includes Troublesome Parts” (also mentioned: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ http://www.formspring.me/)
  2. Pricing strategies for free lance work and how it may apply to camp (other resources:  Robert Cialdini’s Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive)
  3. California revises rules on paid interns

Discussion

Picks Of The Week – A tool that will make you a better camp director

  • Travis: – The 4S Test from our days directing at Cairn.
    Everything we do at CAIRN must pass the 4 S’s Test. You must answer “yes” to every question in order to proceed.
    • Is it SAFE?
    • Does it promote good STEWARDSHIP of the environment?
    • Does it SERVE others in the community?
    • Does it enhance a person’s SELF-ESTEEM?
Interview with Jeffrey Leiken
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April 22, 2010 06:18 AM PDT
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I recently attended the American Camp Association Tri-State Conference held in Atlantic City, NJ. I appreciated the opportunity to sit and talk for a few minutes with Jeffrey Leiken in-between his presentations. In this interview we discuss the unique work that he does with Camps, and Jeff explains more about his presentation, "Camp and The Hero's Journey", which was influenced by the work of Joseph Campbell.

For more information on Jeffrey Leiken, his articles, and resources for camp directors, be sure to visit his website at

Adam Issadore is the founder of Path To Rhythm Group Drumming Programs, a company that combines his love of summer camp and his passion for drumming. You can find him on twitter @pathtorhythm

Adam Issadore's Interview with Steven Bernstein
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April 12, 2010 07:20 AM PDT
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I recently attended the American Camp Association Tri-State Camp Conference held in Atlantic City, NJ. I caught up with with my friend Steven Bernstein to chat about the Conference. An active year round camping professional, Steven is the Director of Diamond Ridge Camps in Pennsylvania. In this interview we discuss the benefits of attending the Conference, the importance of networking, and the sharing of ideas among camp professionals. Steven also shares information about a group that he co-founded called PAYCE (Philadelphia Area Young Camp Experts). To learn more about PAYCE and the friendly people that participate in this group, visit their fan page on Facebook.

Press the play button above and take a listen.

Adam Issadore is the founder of Path To Rhythm Group Drumming Programs, a company that combines his love of summer camp and his passion for drumming. You can find him on twitter @pathtorhythm
CampNation 8 - Family Life
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April 12, 2010 06:32 AM PDT
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Welcome to CampNation 8.   We were sorry to miss Dan this week but he was off on a well-deserved holiday.  This was one of my favourite discussions yet.  We talked about what it is like to be a camp director and have a family.    Each of us have had a unique experience - Gab grew up living at the camp, Joe has been raising his children onsite and I met and married my wife at camp (I heartily endorse camp weddings!).

Thanks for Listening!

LinksNews about the camping/recreation industry

  1.  (Joe) New ways to run programs at camp to introduce immigrant populations
  2. (Travis) CampTweets.com  
  3. Gab: The Marshmellow Test


Discussion - Famly Life at Camp

Picks Of The Week - A tool that will make you a better camp director

Interview with Dr. Susan Rubin at ACA Tri-State Camp Conference
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April 07, 2010 10:56 AM PDT
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I sat down for a brief chat with Dr. Susan Rubin during the ACA Tri-State Camp Conference held in Atlantic City, NJ. Dr. Susan delivered a presentation entitled, "Camp Food That is Delicous, Healthy, and Fun".   A holistic nutritionist and a leader in the world of food and health,  Dr. Susan is the founder of  Better School Food, a coalition of health professionals, educators, and concerned parents, whose mission is to raise awareness about the connection between better food and better health.

In this interview we discuss the importance of making conscious and healthy choices for food programs at camps. Dr. Sue also shares information about how she helped to create an amazing food program this past summer at Camp Ballibay.

Listen to the interview below. You can learn more about Dr. Susan at by visiting her blog and find her on twitter @DrSuRu

Adam Issadore is the founder of Path To Rhythm Group Drumming Programs, a company that combines his love of summer camp and his passion for drumming. You can find him on twitter @pathtorhythm

CampNation 7: You're Fired!
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March 31, 2010 09:36 AM PDT
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In this week's CampNation Dan, Gab, & Travis talk about the news in the world of summer camps.

We were thrilled to have Scott Arizala (http://www.thecampcounselor.com/) join us from the TriState Camping Conference.   He and Dan recorded while huddled around Dan's computer at the hotel.   We took advantage of Scott's experience to discuss one of the topics that he had presented just that morning.

LinksNews about the camping/recreation industry

  1. (Dan) US survey finds sharp drop in children's bullying
  2. (Travis) OKGo video as Camp activity 
  3. (Gab)  DNTO (Definitely Not the Opera) episode with Chris Thurber. The interview takes place early on in the hour, about 1/5 of the way in. 

Discussion - You're Fired (and other difficult management conversations)

Picks Of The Week - A tool that will make you a better camp director

Dan -  Good to Great by Jim Collins
Gab - Afternoon slump?  Use peppermint and cinnamon to help keep your staff alert
Scott -  Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Travis - Rubbermaid Farm Cart

Your Hosts:
Dan WeirFrost Valley YMCA (New York)
Gabrielle RaillCamp Ouareau (Quebec)
Scott Arizala - The Camp Counselor.com (Oregon)
Travis AllisonOur Kids Media

Interview with Sylvia Van Meerten
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March 29, 2010 11:15 AM PDT
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From Dan:

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sylvia Van Meerten at the Tri-State ACA Camp Conference.  On top of years of working at summer camps, Sylvia is the founder of Empower Autism.  She is also one of the camp directors at Dragonfly Forest.

We talked about why a child with autism can attend any summer camp if the parents and camp director are willing to accommodate.  Sylvia gives some great tips on how to simply do this from a parents’ and a director’s perspective.

Take a listen.  You can find more about Sylvia at EmpowerAutism.com or follow her on twitter at @empowerautism

Dan Weir is the Director of Camp Wawayanda at Frost Valley YMCA. He blogs at DanLovesCamp.com and tweets @danlovescamp.

CampNation 6 - Facebook
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March 18, 2010 09:46 AM PDT
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In this week's CampNation Dan, Gab, Joe & Travis talk about the news in the world of summer camps.

We had a great time during this recording chatting about the effects of Facebook on the lives of camp directors.   I think one of the great take-aways from the discussion was the link that Dan posted (see below) to the list of more than 80 organizations social media policies.   Using these as a starting point will make your work a lot easier.

On with the show!

 

LinksNews about the camping/recreation industry

  1. (Gab) Slate: Why Can't Johnny Jump Tall Buildings? Parents expect way too much from their kids.
  2. (Dan) Instructables.com: Rustic Hammock Style Wilderness Chair
  3. (Joe) Trend of articles on saving money on summer camp: Tips for making summer camp more affordableHow to keep the cost of summer camp lowHow to save on Summer Camp
  4. (Travis) - Seth Godin's Linchpin Book Club for Camp Directors
  5. Extra: Frost Valley's Registration Form, Pearce Williams Registration Form

Discussion: Facebook

Frost Valley YMCA - Staff members are representatives of Frost Valley YMCA and should act in a manner consistent with the mission and objectives of camp at all times.  They will be held strictly accountable for their actions on and off property.

Picks Of The Week - A tool that will make you a better camp director

Dan -  TeuxDeux
Gab - VoiceShot
Joe - Flavors.me http://flavors.me/yoyojoe http://flavors.me/pwcc http://flavors.me/zoic
Travis -  1Password for Mac

Your Hosts:
Dan WeirFrost Valley YMCA (New York)
Gabrielle RaillCamp Ouareau (Quebec)
Joe RichardsPearce Williams Christian Centre (Ontario)
Travis AllisonOur Kids Media

CampNation 5: Staff Training
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March 15, 2010 11:26 AM PDT
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LinksNews about the camping/recreation industry

  1. (Joe) Google Alerts - Summer Camp - staying up to date on summer camp and on your own facility in the news/blogs/twitter can be hard - but this makes it easier.  Today I learned about: http://mddailyrecord.com/2010/02/11/unplugging-the-ipod-can-little-stacey-survive-summer-camp-without-wifi/ - an article I never would have stumbled across on my regular travels.  I have google alerts set for: summer camp, pearce williams, yoyojoe, yoyojoe.com etc.
  2. (Dan) Facebook now allows for you to search the site for public statuses (unlocked statuses from users).
  3. (Gab) TEDTalks http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html, Jamie Oliver's talks about food and our responsibility to our children.
  4. (Dan) monthly email marketing report

News/Discussion - Staff Training

Picks Of The Week - A tool that will make you a better camp director

Dan - Bullyproof Your Child for Life by Joel Haber. Great book.  Has a whole chapter on camping. (Dan's review on the CampNation blog)
Gab -  Buy as many URLs as possible, from facebook to twitter to .org's, you don't want other people owning these site names... I use GoDaddy.com http://www.godaddy.com/
Joe - Uninteruppted thinking time - an hour a day or a few hours a week.
Travis -  Ego for iPhone http://ego-app.com/ - keep an easy eye on your Google Analytics, feedburner acc't, twitter, vimeo, etc

CampNation 4: Conferences
Clean
March 15, 2010 11:10 AM PDT
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CampNation #4: The one where we have our first guest

Show Notes – CampNation – Episode 4

Links

News/Discussion
Camp Conferences

Pick of the Week

Dan – “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.
Joe – http://moodle.org/
Travis – Fill in PDF forms on a Mac – http://code.google.com/p/formulatepro/downloads/list or Foxit reader for windows http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/
Gab – Peter Katz Re-mastered version of the Camp Song: www.peterkatz.org/camp.html
Kam – “Super Staff SuperVision” by Michael Brandwein.

Your Hosts:

Dan Weir – Frost Valley YMCA (New York) http://twitter.com/danlovescamp

Kam Kobeissi – Frost Valley YMCA (New York) http://twitter.com/leaderkam

Gabrielle Raill – Camp Ouareau (Quebec) http://twitter.com/gabrielleraill

Joe Richards – Pearce Williams Christian Centre (Ontario) http://twitter.com/yoyojoer

Travis Allison – Our Kids Media http://twitter.com/zoic

CampNation 3 - Staff Retention
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March 15, 2010 10:31 AM PDT
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Welcome to the CampNation Podcast – One Nation, Under Camp, indivisible.

CampNation #3: The one with yet a different name

We would love your feedback. We are just getting started and want to know what you, as a camping professional, would like to hear. Please leave us a comment, send us a message on twitter http://twitter.com/ourkidsnet (hashtag #campminds) or email me directly: travis@ourkids.net.

Your Hosts:

Dan Weir – Frost Valley YMCA (New York) http://twitter.com/danlovescamp

Gabrielle Raill – Camp Ouareau (Quebec)

Joe Richards – Pearce Williams Christian Centre http://twitter.com/yoyojoer

Travis Allison – Our Kids Media http://twitter.com/zoic

Show Notes – CampNation – Episode 3

Links

News/Discussion
Staff Retention

Pick of the Week

Dan - http://www.directorscamp.com/
Joe - http://www.backupify.com/
Travis - http://www.Evernote.com
Gab - Camp is for the Camper by Connie Coutellier (can be purchased on the ACA Bookstore website - http://www.cart-acabookstore.com)

**NOTICE:  Thank you to everyone who has been so kind and generous with their feedback on the Podcast.   Keep your ear to the ground because we will be launching the new blog that accompanies our podcast. 

We have made the final decisions about the branding for the show: Heretofore this podcast will be known as CampNation.   Episode #4 will be our official launch.

What would you like to hear about camp?

Camp Minds 2 - The one with the banjo
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March 15, 2010 09:35 AM PDT
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Welcome to the Camp Minds Podcast – a resource for Camp Directors and senior staff.

Camp Minds Podcast #2: The one with the banjo

Camp Minds Podcast #2 (click here to listen or right-click to download)

We would love your feedback. We are just getting started and want to know what you, as a camping professional, would like to hear. Please leave us a comment, send us a message on twitter http://twitter.com/ourkidsnet (hashtag #campminds) or email me directly: travis@ourkids.net.

Your Hosts:

Dan Weir – Frost Valley YMCA (New York) http://twitter.com/danlovescamp

Gabrielle Raill – Camp Ouareau (Quebec)

Joe Richards – Pearce Williams Christian Centre http://twitter.com/yoyojoer

Travis Allison – Our Kids Media http://twitter.com/zoic

Show Notes – Camp Minds – Episode 2

Links

  • Build your own front gate security system
  • Dan Pink is the author of “A Whole New Mind: Right Brainers will Rule the Future”. His blog covers everything from fostering creativity to motivation in the work place.
  • Email Marketing Benchmarks for Small Business: Great Tips

News/Discussion
How can we get more alumni to fund raise on for our camps? Inspired by this article.

Pick of the Week
Travis: Google Sketchup
Dan: Google Calendar
Joe: Hootsuite
Gab: Mosquito-Less (garlic bug spray)

Please remember that this is just our second attempt. We will be changing things up (I think we have now settled on the name Camp Minds) as we keep up with podcasting.

What would you like to hear about camp?

CampNation 1: Introductions
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March 15, 2010 09:22 AM PDT
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Welcome to the CampNation Podcast – a resource for Camp Directors and senior staff.

CampNation Podcast #1 (click here to listen or right-click to download)

This is a new project for Our Kids and one that we are very excited about.  It certainly has been fun for me to get set up and under way.    This is just episode #1 and we are putting it out with a soft launch – just here on the blog and on the Facebook Page (we invite you to become a Fan).

We would love your feedback.  We are just getting started and want to know what you, as a camping professional, would like to hear.   Please leave us a comment, send us a message on twitter http://twitter.com/ourkidsnet or email me directly: travis@ourkids.net.

**Please note: It took us a while to get everything together - including the name.  Thanks for your patience!

Your Hosts:

Dan Recording

Dan, in the Catskills, during recording

Travis AllisonOur Kids Media

Dan WeirFrost Valley YMCA (New York)

Gabrielle Raill – Camp Ouareau (Quebec)

Joe RichardsPearce Williams Christian Centre

Show Notes – Camp Minds #1

Links

News/Discussion
Introductions of all of our hosts

Pick of the Week Thoughts
Travis:  Google Sketchup
Dan: Google Calendar
Joe: Hootsuite
Gab: Mosquito-Less (garlic bug spray)
Please remember that this is just our first go.  We will be changing things up (including the name) as we keep up with podcasting.
What do you think?