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Best CampHacker from Travis podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best CampHacker from Travis podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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We can go beyond acceptance. One of the things we all know to be true about camp is how much better of the world would be if EVERY child spent at least one week at camp. With that in mind, it’s important that we are consistently looking at how we are best serving campers and families that may be under-represented in our camp communities. Newsflash!…
 
Because you’re not in this alone. It wouldn’t be the revelation of the century if we said that being a full-time Camp Pro can be incredibly lonely. Most of us work in small (or solo) teams, we usually are the only person in our part of the hierarchy, we manage many people (and their emotions) and we work incredibly hard. If we don’t think about bui…
 
Being not just productive, but effective. This is an episode for the off-season. It’s an episode that you may need when camp is quiet and you’re in the sweet spot where the summer is still fading and the next one is not yet coming. As a camp director, your brain is the most important resource you have. It would be an understatement to say that ther…
 
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! TIME TO FACE THE STRANGE Is it stuck in your head yet? Gotchya! Change. A 6 letter word that can start a revolution. Change. The nemesis of the phrase “we’ve always done it like that”. Change. One of the hardest things about being a full-time camp professional. Change. Absolutely necessary. The moment we stop changing as an ind…
 
Learn outside of camp, to lead at camp. Following along with our last episode’s theme of learning, we wanted to bring this podcast episode to you at a time where you may be planning your professional development for the year. However, even if you aren’t, it’s never too early or late to start thinking about how to invest in your professional develop…
 
We are always learning. We’re back! After another wonderful summer of camp, Travis, Gab, Dan and Joe are here for Season 9 of the CampHacker Podcast. To get things started, our hosts share the biggest lessons that they learned from their 2019 camp season. That’s right, even these camp pros with over 50 years of combined experience are still learnin…
 
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 …
 
Camper today, camper tomorrow, camper for life. 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 re…
 
Hey Camp Mavericks. We’re excited to be setting the Day Camp Pod free this week! We also want you to know what is up with then next episode: the first First Class Counselor episode. There will be at least 5 more happening this season. Oliver and Matt have been working with me to bring in the First Class Counsellor podcast to the CampHacker feed. Ou…
 
It would be easy for the hard and fast overnight camp pros to see “Day Camp” in the title and move on. Don’t do that. There are logistical differences with both models of summer camp, but it’s so easy to see that what is relevant and pertinent to one, is the same for the other. Rituals, traditions, culture, integration, camaraderie, it’s a part of …
 
Hey! Welcome back! We hope that you had an incredible summer. We also hope that you’ve had an incredible chance to take a breath and reflect on the magic that surely happened this summer. Or even, to not think about camp and…you know…sleep! Whether you’re still recovering, coming out of hibernation, or still in the busy season, it’s time to start s…
 
Hello Camp Pros! Well, it's late April/early May, and you know what that means. EVERYBODY PANIC! No no, only kidding! But likely, it can start to feel like it at this time of year. As we finish stretching to prepare for the sprint that is camp, we can't forget that the race we are about to run is not a solo event, it's a relay! For many of us, our …
 
How many of our camp brochures or websites preach that our camp teaches kids about grit and resilience? Okay everyone, put your hands down. Now, home many of us can say that we put that same effort into fostering grit and resilience with our staff? Sure, we may have staff check-ins and encourage staff to write motivational notes to each other, but …
 
It's that time of year again. Registration has been open for a bit, staff applications are rolling in and school groups are calling to book for Outdoor Education. You've made that first big push. Way to go! Now, let's get at it, shall we? Summer Camp is the main reason why most of us are here. We believe that every camper deserves a week at camp. W…
 
Camp is counterculture. Camps (for the most part) don't care about fashion, we encourage people to embrace what makes them quirky, and we don't have cell-phones at camp. Now, policies differ, and some camps are even experimenting with plugged-in weeks at camp, but we can all agree on is that there is indeed a benefit that we give to our campers whe…
 
Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director Travis: www.camelcamelcamel.com - Amazon price tracker Dan: Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi Matt: The Better Board - Message Matt for a more detailed explanation Joe: Google Photo Scan - iOS - Andoid Your Hosts: Travis Allison, Summer Camp Consultant - CampHacker.TV, Founder at Go Camp…
 
If your first impression was your only impression, how would you fare? Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher For most of us, it's off-season proper. We're almost at the point where summer is no longer leaving, it's approaching. Your autumn may have been full of Outdoor Education groups, clean-up from the summer (seriously, who left the tie dye ou…
 
Because Camps are a Catalyst for Environmental Stewardship It would not be a huge revelation to say that at most camps, kids have a unique ability to discover and foster a relationship with the environment. It would also not be a huge revelation to say that most camps are inherently taking on sustainability and green-education. Whether it's teachin…
 
Be the partner that camper's parents deserve this summer Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher Way back in the way back - 2013, we talked about Partnering With Parents. Back then, we were living in a world where Social Media coming from camp was still a pretty newish thing and there weren't nearly as many channels of connection between camp and a…
 
It's not just about being a good neighbour! (you should still be a good neighbour) Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher First things first, if you don't draw campers from a community in close proximity to your site, DON'T TUNE OUT! If you were about to tune out but didn't due to the capital letters (you're welcome), this show may actually be per…
 
Uncertainty is a Killer of Good Work...and Other Debatable Statements What's on your mind right now? It's fair to say that it's getting into "crunch time", but it's also probably fair to say that there's still some time to think. And when there's time to think, there's sometimes a space created in a section of our brains that is reserved for vulner…
 
What are you doing differently THIS SUMMER? Happy January and happy 2017! If you're anything like Joe, that means that the summer of 2017 is already preparing to sneak up on you. It's a New Year and people all around the world have made (and possibly already broken) New Year's Resolutions for themselves. These changing of the calendar prompts peopl…
 
Living, Breathing, Budgets & Camp Pricing Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher Open Excel, dig out your calculators, and put your number-crunching hats on! Let's get real here. Budgeting definitely isn't one the glamorous parts of Camp Directing. Besides cleaning out a septic tank, it may be the least glamorous. Even so, your budget may in fact …
 
Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director Do not adjust you're monitor! The Tool of the Week heading is in the right place of this blog post. That's right, it's a Tool of the Week EPISODE! This one is for all of the masters of chrome extensions, the efficiency junkies, the royalty of DIY online design and for those people who's last p…
 
When You're the Only One by the Campfire CampHacker podcast producer Matt here. Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher One of my favourite parts about working in the camp office during the summer is being able to bounce my ideas off of my co-director or whoever happens to be in the office. If there isn't anyone in the office, I'll often pull in a …
 
One of the biggest parts of camp that your staff don’t get to see. Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher Finance, capital planning, budgeting, donor relations, business strategy – and remember, we’re not on the 123rd floor on Wall St! This is camp! All of the things that we know and love about camp – campfires, singing songs, high-ropes, canoeing…
 
Technological Forces That Will Change the Camping Industry It may be safe to say that we've started to reach a bit of a renaissance when it comes to technology at summer camp. If you've been a long-time lurker on the Summer Camp Professionals Facebook Community , you may have noticed that the conversations have started to shift from developing cell…
 
22 Tips For the Last Month Before Camp Sayonara season 6! Well friends, the summer is fast approaching (stop, breathe, breathe again) and that means it's time for the CampHacker Podcast to break for the season. We know, we're sad too. That being said, you know that we'd never leave you in a lurch. Especially not at this time of year. As our parting…
 
Making the End of the Day Meaningful (part 2!) Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher If you’ve had a chance to tune into the last few episodes of the CampHacker Podcast, you’ll have heard that on Episode 88, we had intended to talk about debriefing your day at camp with everyone, but as most great camp conversations go, we ran out of time to cove…
 
Mind the (generation) Gap! Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher Before we get started, this isn’t going to be one of those podcasts about generations where we put people into their age characteristic boxes. This episode is about everybody. From your youngest counsellor, to your oldest staff member (you?), every camp-player has a ton in common; a…
 
Making The End Of The Day Meaningful Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher One of the key practices in adventure and experiential programming is debriefing. The goal of debriefing an experience is to maximize the potential for reflection and a transfer of learning for your participants. In short, helping people get the most out of something they …
 
Big Trips Mean Big Growth For most of us, we know that a canoe trip is one of the quintessential ways for kids to connect with nature, challenge themselves and build a special kind of camaraderie with their trip-mates. That being said, when most of us think about canoe trips, we`re thinking 5 days, maybe 7 or even 14. What happens when you up the s…
 
How Do I Get a Year-Round Job at Camp? Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App If you've been tuning in to the last two episodes of the podcast, you'll know that we're talking all about full time work at camp. So far we've covered, asking yourself if camp is right for you as well as making your full time camp job a sustainable one. This episode…
 
Find the Fun, Serve Others, Pace Yourself Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App Welcome back to the podcast and welcome to episode 2 of the "Is camp right for me?" mini-series. Last episode, we covered the personal questions that someone should ask themselves before considering a life in camp. You can find that episode here. This week, CampHa…
 
And we're back! Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App Hello friends and welcome back to another season of the CampHacker Podcast. In the spirit of starting something new, we wanted to dedicate today's show and few more this season to those who are considering pursuing camp into a full-time commitment. As well, we'll be talking to you directin…
 
Help your staff grow with meaningful evaluations Your leaders at camp need feedback. In the busyness of the summer, it’s tempting to add evaluations to the bottom of your to-do list and never get to it. Before you do that though, take a second to think back to your first few years on staff. How much of your growth would you attribute to the formal …
 
Give your culture of volunteerism a facelift “Could I come up to camp and volunteer?" Music to a camp director’s ears. We all know that volunteers really are the life-blood of our organizations. If you have a good list of volunteers with a variety of skills, and a good list of tasks for them, then you will undoubtedly have a program that is always …
 
Help your front-line staff make a positive impact on camp parents Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App As seasoned camping professionals, you know how to greet your camp families well. You always know their name, greet them with a firm handshake and know how to make good, intentional conversation. But what happens on opening day when you too…
 
Tell Your Camp's Story With Awesome Videos Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App The prospect of shooting your own marketing videos may be daunting, but it really is one of the best ways to show AND tell the world about your camp. If you've never shot a video before, you may have questions like: How long should my videos be? Who should I feat…
 
Making The Last Part Of The Day, The Best Part Of The Day Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App "Fire's burning, fire's burning, draw nearer, draw nearer, in the gloaming, in the gloaming, come sing and be merry." That's right. It's GLOAMING - but glowing works too. I love the picture that this old Girl Guide song paints. Huddled friends, a w…
 
Summer Camp Dining Halls - Extraordinary and Intentional Dining Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App Dan said it well: “kids spend around one fourth of their day in the dining hall”. A true Camp Pro’s brain should be on fire at the realization of that fact. Camp Pros are thinking, “How am I going to make that significant time, creative and w…
 
Work/Life Balance - Is that even an option for Summer Camp Professionals? Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Stitcher App How do some people make it looks so easy? We all know that working at summer camp Is an incredibly stressful job. There never seems to be a break anymore! In this week's CampHacker podcast we talk through ways that we can cope with …
 
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