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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
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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?

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