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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/

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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)

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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?

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CampNation 12 - Tiered Pricing
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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

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

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CampNation 11 - Year Round School
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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
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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

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  • 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

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