Continuing Education for Experienced Camp Pros - CampHacker #114

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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 development.

Watch out though! It’s easy to get stuck in the camp body of knowledge when you’re trying to be better for your job and for your camp. It’s good to stay up to date with the latest in all things camp, but it’s important to think about reaching outside the industry as well. The best camp pros take inspiration from many places and if you’re Joe, Gab, and Travis, those places can get VERY cool!

Conferences or opportunities that the hosts talked about on this episode:

Free - Mastermind groups with fellow Camp Directors

Free (ish) Creative Live - Free courses on all things creative

Free - Finding blogs to follow non-camp people

Free - Journaling

Free - Taking up a hobby that can also help camp

$ - CampMavericks.com - Ongoing, for life!

$ - ThinkCamp - Nov 26-28 - London, Ontario

$ - Touring a bunch of summer camps in a region to learn directly from the directors

$ - Online Courses - Skill Share - Especially for creative tasks.

Possibly free through your local library (https://www.lynda.com/)

$$ - Seth Godin’s Akimbo Workshops

$$ - Your local or regional ACA, OCA, ACQ, Religious denomination or association conferences

$$$ - Seth Godin’s Alt MBA

$$$ - Nonprofit Story Telling Conference - Oct 28-30 - San Diego, California

What do you consider professional development? Any wicked conferences to plug? Let us know in the comments!

Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director

Travis: Superfans by Pat Flynn https://amzn.to/30aNepx

Gabz: DYI Standing Desk, or Top 5 Standing Desks

Joe: Photo Resize: http://www.rw-designer.com/picture-resize

Your Hosts:

Travis Allison, Summer Camp Consultant - CampHacker.TV, Founder at Go Camp Pro

Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau

Joe Richards, Executive Director - Pearce Williams Summer Camp & Retreat Facility

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