What Inspires You to Be a Better Camp Pro? - CampHacker #112

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Tools, Podcasts, Books and Strategies for Sustainability as a Camp Pro

One of the best things about being a long time camp pro is that every year, we essentially find ourselves doing the same cycle over and over again. While this can be tiring, even exhausting, if we think about it another way, it’s also an incredible opportunity to get better and better without (too many) extremely large learning curves.

In your search for consistent improvement, the CampHacker crew wants to help! In this episode, Travis, Joe and Gab are joined by the wonderful Ruby Compton (Yes! THAT Ruby from Camp Code!). These four pros join forces to share their sources of inspiration that help them find the drive, motivation and sustainability to innovate their camp, and the entire industry year after year.

Below, is a list of most of what is covered from this episode. We included it for you, yes, you, who are awesome and read the show notes! Here you are, you awesome person, you!

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Audio Books

Inner Camp Industry Inspirations

What do you do for fun?

  • Joe

    • Light big fires, make things go boom (Email Joe and ask about his potato cannons)

    • Go to the movies by yourself

    • Woodworking and art without a specific direction in mind

  • Ruby

    • Getting outside

    • Geocaching (App or App-less!)

    • Take yourself on a date

    • DIY Youtube projects

  • Travis

    • Drawing portraits and things that challenge him artistically

    • Woodworking, building and Youtube DIY videos

    • Travel to broaden your perspective

  • Gab

    • Watercolour painting

    • Museum trips

    • Listening to yourself to figure out what you “feel” like doing

Assorted Thoughts:

  • Looking at how libraries are reinventing themselves to “get with the times”

  • Starting with a morning reading ritual

  • Take a vacation. No seriously. No phone, no email, take the time to take the time.

    • Remember that you are not your job and camp is not you. You need freedom to develop yourself properly.

  • Magazine (or podcast) subscriptions (see above), not just summer camp, and not just non-fiction related material.

  • Using the idea that “We need to be better” and looking at how other non-camp people are changing the world and using their developments

  • Be brave and make waves in the industry. People might not always like you, or your ideas, but that’s okay.

  • Inspirational Instagram Feeds - Representation Matters, Because Of Them, etc.

  • Deep thinking on your own without the internet to help.

What tools and mindsets do you use to help yourself be a better camp pro? Let us know in the comments!

Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director

Travis: Wyze Cam

Gabz: The Noun Project

Joe: Time Timer

Ruby: Yoga Chimes

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Camp Skills for Generation Z - First Class Counsellors #2

Welcome back to First Class Counsellors!

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If this is your first time seeing First Class Counsellors in your CampHacker feed, welcome! You can find our first episode and more about why we’re on the CampHacker feed here.

On our second episode, we are joined by Isabelle “Zukes” Paradis to discuss how we can best serve our Generation Z staff and campers. Oliver, Matt and Isabelle cover a ton of practical, ready-to-implement ideas that camp counsellors can use to benefit this exciting generation of campers and camp staff.

In this short, episode, we cover

  • How to capture and retain campers with short attention spans when explaining things at camp

  • What you can do when campers and staff are open to sharing about their mental health

  • 3 ways to give campers and staff the face-to-face connection that Gen Z craves

  • Easy ways to help our campers and staff begin to take on independence and take healthy risks

  • Embracing Gen Z’s entrepreneurial spirit and giving them autonomy over their camp experience.

As usual, what we’re getting at here is fast, furious, and it’s incredibly useful for your counselling staff.

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Get Ready - Counsellors, do this NOW to level up your counselling skills

  • Oliver: Call a friend who has no connection to camp. Talk to them about what working at camp is really like. Share your ideas, share your stories so they can really understand something this important in your life.

  • Matt & Isabelle (It’s like they work together!): Buy yourself GOOD camp gear. A GOOD raincoat (not a poncho), a GOOD headlamp (almost any headlamp with good reviews on amazon), a GOOD pair of sandals (Matt’s go to’s are Chacos) and a GOOD water bottle (something that will last and where the mouthpiece won’t get dirty) and a GOOD waterproof watch.

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What is First Class Counsellors?

Camp Directors, this Podcast won’t be for you. It’s time to delegate! First Class Counsellors will be for your counselling staff, or, the staff who are on the ground, playing with kids and changing lives.

Each week, we will hear from young camp directors and leaders to draw out practical and accessible tips that will level up their counsellor skills.

Our two hosts, Oliver Gregan, Summer and Families Camp Director at YMCA Camp Jewell and Matt Honsberger - Camp Director at Pearce Williams Summer Camp are excited to be able to provide this resource to camp counsellors, who they believe, have the most important job at camp.

This is free professional development for your counsellors! We would love your feedback. Please leave your comments below, or, send Matt and email! Thank you!

Focusing on First Year Families - CampHacker #111

Camper today, camper tomorrow, camper for life.

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This is the time of year (January, for those tuning in later) where we are really starting to think about bums in bunks. Your registrations are starting to roll in and your dedicated, long-time camp families have picked their sessions and things are looking good.

Take a second and think about those returning families. They weren’t always returners. At some time down the road, that family made a decision to choose your camp. Now, fast forward 5 or 10 years and that family has given you thousands of dollars and you have a camper or now even a staff member for life.

So how do you get those future-long-time-families to make that initial leap?

Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve either thought of listening to this episode, or are currently listening to it…in both cases, you’re super smart. The gang (Travis, Gabz, Dan & Joe) is all here, joined by friend of the show, Jalisa Danhof from Camp Newaygo to help you get those first-year bums in bunks.

We say this a lot, but this is definitely a show you’re going to want to take some notes for, because these tips are going to give you the keys to ROCKING first year registrations this summer!

What are you going to do this summer to level-up your new camper registrations this summer? Please let us know in the comments below!

Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director

Travis:  Show Up Hard - by Shannon Weber

Dan: Meeting Notebook

Gabz: Decide Now App - Apple Store | Google Play

Joe: Philosophy: Buy The Best You Can Afford, Tested Gear & Tools TheWirecutter.com

Jalisa: Car Jump Starter - ANNKOO Quick Charger

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*Something Different* - Planning Perfect Programs - First Class Counsellors #1

Welcome to First Class Counsellors!

Wait…isn’t this the CampHacker Podcast? Yes!, well, no.

This is a preview of something new to come on the CampHacker and Go Camp Pro podcast network.

This is free professional development for your Counsellors.

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Camp Directors, this Podcast won’t be for you. It’s time to delegate! First Class Counsellors will be for your counselling staff, or, the staff who are on the ground, playing with kids and changing lives.

Each week, we will hear from young camp directors and leaders to draw out practical and accessible tips that will level up their counsellor skills.

Our two hosts, Oliver Gregan, Summer and Families Camp Director at YMCA Camp Jewell and Matt Honsberger - Camp Director at Pearce Williams Summer Camp are excited to be able to provide this resource to camp counsellors, who they believe, have the most important job at camp.

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On our first episode, we are joined by Jessica Tenhor from Pearce Williams and Rachel Quinn to talk about planning the perfect camp program or session.

In this short, 40 minute episode we cover:

  • 4 magical programs (steal away!)

  • 4 programs that take next to no set-up (seriously, your counsellors can use these this summer?)

  • 4 Pro Planning Tips

  • The inside scoop on what your Director wants from you, as a programmer

  • 4 ways that a counsellor can get ready for the summer NOW.

It’s fast, it’s furious, and it’s incredibly useful for your counselling staff.

We would love to hear who is passing this on to your staff. Please let us know in the comments below!

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Get Ready - Counsellors, do this NOW

  • Oliver: Seek out local speakers and resources to get inspired

  • Matt: www.ultimatecampresource.com 

  • Jessica: Bin of Possibilities - quick games, raccoon circle, colouring, small ball, books, bracelet string, etc. that you can pull out during cabin time or rest hour.

  • Rachel: Keep in contact with people who want to camp with you after the summer is over, and reflect on the summer together. The distance is good for perspective. 



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