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As much as people like to talk about camp and ‘the real world’ as two separate entities, camp professionals know that this simply isn’t true. Beyond Camp dives into how different aspects of our lives affect our camp experience, effectively bursting the camp bubble and welcoming all parts of our lives into the conversation. Join hosts Cassie Bloy and Rachel Kent, along with some other all-star camp pros as they dig into the true identity of a Camp Director in today's era of summer camp and re ...
 
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Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/young-thoughts-with-justin There is LOTS to learn from our up-and-coming youth! Justin is back to share some key insights of the corporate world from the Gen Z point of view. Two of our most popular podcasts last year involved the perspectives of the opinionated young man, Justin Pr…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/learn-from-corporate-america Corporate practices are just as applicable to camps. Tune in to hear Mario’s top three! Camp is a warm fuzzy place. AND it’s a business. And our friend Jonathan Gold likes to remind us, we have to run a good business FIRST, in order to do the good things…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/burnout-episode Burnout. We’ve all been there. Some may say it is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Are you a typical Day Camp operator that works so hard that you forget to smell the roses? You put your Camp first and you second? Didn’t the pandemic teach you that GRI…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/registrations-and-refunds The world is in an economic crisis. How are Camp Pros supposed to respond to it? As Day Camps continue to rebound from the pandemic, inflation is hitting hard and we just can’t raise prices as much as our costs are increasing- So what then? Well, we can loo…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/debriefing-and-decompressing Summer 2022: A summer of lesson, laughs, and learning opportunities. Summer 2022 is in the books- Woo-Hoo, Congratulations. And by all accounts, it was a helluva lot better than 2021, which ain’t saying much. After a more normal school year, our campers …
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/reflections-and-dreams-2022 Before the pandemic, we would never have dreamed of starting a podcast. Now, we’re wrapping up season three! Three seasons of Zoom, Slack, Facebook, and virtual everything. Three seasons that feels both like a lifetime and like it has passed in the blink of…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/including-non-neurotypical-campers Every child deserves a camp experience. Period. Allison Krabill and Sam sit down to tell you how to help non-neurotypical campers have a successful camp experience. We’re grateful to welcome The Summer Camp Society’s new executive director, Allison…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/dont-lose-your-friends Learn from our mistakes…here’s how to make sure you keep your friends this summer. They say making friends as an adult is hard… but whoever said that for the first time had never tried being an overnight camp director, juggling the demands of a 24/7 job with fri…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/staff-not-coming-back Justin Pritikin returns to give you an inside scoop on why your staff are not coming back, quitting and in general, “done” with the camp industry. Picking up from our past episode 66, and the Tri-State Camp Conference Session that he and I gave last week in Atl…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/being-a-mentor Giving back isn’t as hard as you think! Many of us are fortunate to have incredible mentors in our lives, people we can turn to, ask questions to and share our failures with. But how do you become a mentor? Do you have to have worked in the industry for 50 years? Do you…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/staff-holding-hostage A proactive approach to working with this post-COVID generation of staff This past summer was intense, especially in the realm of managing our staff who have been through a lot in the past two years. Managing staff resistance is something that comes with the jo…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/self-care-community-care Is self-care really the be-all and end-all of mental health? Every felt like self-care just isn’t cutting it? What about shifting from me to we? We know we are stronger together and that the weight of the world is more easily shared when carried together. Join…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/equity-in-camp Staff training is the opportunity to show how important DEIJ is at your org. Daniel Morias and Leslie Keller are two awesome camp professionals who over the pandemic started the Equity in Camp Initiative- and have launched a successful consulting business supporting c…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/camp-corporate-world When you trade in your Keens for dress shoes…will camp still be with you? From camp counselor to a director for Health Canada, Etienne’s passion for camp hasn’t wavered, if anything it’s grown stronger. A moment at a staff meeting percolated in his head until year…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/day-camp-office-admin Keeping the Trains Running on Time! The Day Camp Office is the nucleus of the organization during the off-season and during the summer. Filled with multitaskers, databases, spreadsheets, phones, Emails, texts, push notifications, weather reports- and as technol…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/is-all-fun-created-equal The different types of fun you’ve experienced as a camp pro, and what it’s like now… Have you ever had a moment during the summer where you question your very decision to end up where you are at that current moment, but then once the summer is over you look ba…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/purchasing-2022 Don’t say we didn’t tell you so! We’ve all heard the news- The shipping containers stranded outside Los Angeles, the supply chain issues, the lack of truck drivers, the lack of workers everywhere - THIS IS NOT FAKE NEWS - this is Purchasing 2022, and if you want cups…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/beyond-eco-anxiety-climate-change Our campers are some of the most eco-aware campers ever. Are you ready for them? Climate change, eco-anxiety, swimming lessons, transportation, intersectionality. Today’s episode with guest Alyssa Porter touches on all these topics and more. Grab a cu…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/living-your-core-values You say you’re an “inclusive camp”…but are you living that every day? DEI! We can’t talk about it enough, because frankly - it’s THAT important. We’re fortunate to be joined this week by Danny Tobin, who has experienced camp, and life, from unique perspective…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/how-to-have-fun The “How To” episode you didn’t know you needed! Do you ever get jealous of how easy it is for a kid to have fun? When was the last time you had fun? Do you get stressed about trying to play epic, fun events for your team? Well join us as we break down the science of h…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/appreciating-staff-brandwein It’s your friend from Chicago…Michael Brandwein! We all want our staff to be professional, and we all want to support them. Great. We also want the pandemic to go away, voting rights, and peace in the middle east… These situations are HARD, and take crea…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/lessons-you-may-have-forgotten-2 Do you ever find yourself wiping a table a particular way? Or able to navigate a difficult conversation and say to yourself “thanks, camp!” This episode is for you. It would be an understatement to say that we learn a lot in our camp careers. In fact, …
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/from-the-mouth-of-babes Have you asked your camp staff what their summer was really like? Andy and Sam did - and we found out their staff are incredibly honest. For our first podcast of 2022, we’re going to the source- the staff themselves- so you can hear their debrief of last summ…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/mental-health-and-camp Mental Health and Camp - the new soy butter and Jelly! Camp professionals know that mental health is a challenge at camp but often being able to articulate just where the gaps in our knowledge are can be challenging. Today our guest Erin Sunstrum shares with us …
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/one-week-emma-fogel For some, it only takes one week. Think back to when you were a staff member, was it last year? Ten years ago? 20 years ago? Now look at where you are now. Was there a pivotal camp moment that helped point you to where you are today? For our Guest Emma Fogel there …
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/2021-resolutions Here’s how our hosts are (and you can) set yourself up for success in 2022! 2021 has come to a close, and Sam, Tiff and Andy have some New Year’s resolutions to make 2022 the best it can be for our camp, and especially our staff. SUPPORT, training, diversifying reve…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/how-camp-shapes-work The impact of camp is “boundless” - here’s how that played out for Kevin Amirault Remember those initiative tasks you ran as an outdoor ed staff member or camp counselor? Those ones with the marbles that seemed to frustrate kids to no end? Tune in today to hear ho…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/extreme-heat-2021 The heat is ON! Here’s how to not just survive, but thrive when the weather is at it’s hottest! 2021 was literally the HOTTEST SUMMER OF ALL TIME. The heat is on, people, global warming is real, and it ain’t getting any cooler. We need to do what we can as camp ope…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/10-summer-camp-lessons-pt-1 It’s easy to forget, but necessary to remember! You learned so many incredibly valuable lessons as a camp pro, especially when you were first starting out. So many of these lessons likely became second nature, your default if you will. Sometimes, however, w…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/dream-big-cannabis Mary Stein is here to tell us how she dreamed big…and how she was one of the first camps to face marijuana legalization at camp! Mary Stein started a private day camp from scratch in a neighborhood that at first didn’t realize how primed for it, it was. Dream BIG …
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/mistakes-advice-emerging Mistakes - the mean teacher you had in school that you actually learned a lot from and came to appreciate over time. Directing a camp for the first time? Not sure what the difference is between a new, emerging or young camp pro? Do you think this time in your …
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/sleepaway-spirit-4 An annual tradition of ours…where we talk about…traditions (and other great stuff!) Every season on this podcast, we discuss the “secret sauce” of camp- with a couple of crossover day camp pros, who have special insight. Today, we welcome Dave Skolnik from Hampton…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/staffing-and-reorg What to do when it feels like you need to rethink EVERYTHING? Summer 2022 is the time. What more of a kick in the butt do you need? Staff need to be paid equitably, programs need to be rethought, value-added means something totally different nowadays and we need t…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/communication-board-room You can’t expect to get what you need if you don’t communicate it. Does your stomach drop every time you see those three little dots pop up as your boss is typing you a message? Do you feel like you spend hours talking to your boss or manager every week but ye…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/camps-at-school School’s out. Camp’s in! You can run a great camp program ANYWHERE! If you’ve got the right people, a solid program and a can-do attitude, you’re in. Running a day camp in a school setting, but it definitely also has some major advantages! For millions of kids across…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/partner-doesnt-get-camp Which comes first, our relationship or our work? Many of us know that perhaps the answer should be our relationships but is that always true? Today we aren’t holding back as we unpack the pros and cons of having a partner who doesn’t get camp and the surprising…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/2022-staffing-pt1 Was staffing a slog in 2021? We have a cheat code for 2022 - her name is Kim Aycock Kim Aycock dedicates her life to the ins and outs of camp staffing- Recruitment, Hiring, Retention- All-round Best Practices. She trains camp staff, she posts great content on socia…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/where-do-we-go-from-here-2021 Beyond Camp is Back! Let’s sojourn forward, friends. Season 3 is here! Join us as we reflect, learn, laugh and plan for the future. There’s even a call to action for you in this episode as we look to elevate voices within our industry. Thanks for being he…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/multicultural-camp-dcp Just because your marketing materials say you are multicultural, or diverse, doesn’t mean you are. Here’s how Kevin Gordon did it, and how you can, too. Kevin Gordon is a camp owner and director who started Camp Kupugani from scratch, as a multicultural camp e…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/summer-2021-debrief We’re on the other side of the Summer of 2021 - Let’s unpack it together. How are you? After a first, or second COVID-summer, many Day Camp Pros are only now coming out of hibernation. It was, to say the least, a tough summer. But have no fear, the Day Camp Pod i…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/power-of-yes Thanks for “saying yes” to joining us on another season of Beyond Camp! Join us for the final episode of season 2! After a whirlwind year it’s hard to believe we are celebrating 1000 downloads, several speaking engagements and 26 episodes. This all came from saying yes wh…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/2021-mental-health The perfect, and most important way to wrap up our season together - Thanks for being a friend of camps everywhere Dr. G! 2020 and 2021 have been quite a shock to our camp community. The clinically inclined would call it trauma. Same as a 9/11, a war, or other exp…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/mini-season-3-preview Get ready for Season 3 of Beyond Camp - Here’s how you can join in! Tune in to hear about: Wow hard to believe we are wrapping up season 2 We’ve come so far The podcast has evolved Looked at longevity What do we love most We want to tell stories Submit your reque…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/mini-not-for-profit-like-for Welcome to the meshugganah motivator himself, Aaron Greenberg! The not-for-profit camping world has had it tough this past year, with nervous funders, shoe-string budgets, furloughed staff and such. But not as much so with the Jewish Camps that work with…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/pride-camping Welcome, Amanda and David from the Pride Camping Association! Join us today as we hear the story of two of the people behind The Pride camping association. Amanda and Davin share their mission, reflect on successes and some hurdles along the road and of course how the pa…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/supporting-trans-campers-staff We can’t keep doing things the way we’ve been doing them if our goal is to keep all of the campers in our care safe. Welcome, Chris Rehs-Dupin! Day Camps have gone through all kinds of changes through the years. In the 1950s and 60s - the talk was prob…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/mini-self-care Is self-care problematic? How do we love ourselves and not buy into a false narrative about self-care and spending money? Thanks to Alana Matteson for bringing this article to our attention: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/self-care-radical-feminis…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/mini-games-games Curt “Moose” Jackson is with Sam to share his best games and best gaming practices. This mini-pod is all about games! Games are the bread and butter of a great camp staff member and you can never have too many favourites. We’re grateful for Curt to join us on this e…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/beyondcamp/is-camp-political We often call camp a place apart from the “real world”. But what happens when it isn’t? And should it be different? How do we navigate social justice, politics and other sensitive subjects all within the camp experience? Is social justice inherently political? Do pol…
 
Find full show notes and links at: https://gocamp.pro/day-camp-pod/circle-taco Using circles (…and tacos?) to help our campers be their best this summer. Welcome, Emily Golinsky! Most Day Camps fancy themselves masters in the art of Circle Time, but we doubt that most look at it as an act of restorative justice. To quote a golden Bob Ditter metapho…
 
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