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A wise person once said, “getting old isn’t for sissies.” At Camp Codger, we may be getting older, but we still have a lot to say about everything from senior citizen stoners to how to teach old dogs new tricks.






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The Land of the Very Old

The Land of the Very Old is growing closer for Gary but he's not at the border yet! He filed the following report about an article he recommends about traveling to that not-too-distant land. A couple of months ago, a friend sent me a link to an article titled In the Land of the Very Old ( My first thought was—huh? What does this have to do with me? I’m not “very old”, just "old". At the time, Bee and I were on our infamous road trip to Florida, so I put it aside for reading later. I finally picked it up again a few weeks ago and discovered a great story. In this article, the author, 90-year-old Sam Toperoff, looks back on his journey from the “Old Country” (where I still reside) to the “Land of the Very Old”. It's a sprawling piece that touches on many aspects of aging. Toperoff opens the narrative by describing a scene he is watching while waiting for his 84-year-old wife. He observes a steady flow of older people slowly and carefully descending a flight of stairs outside a doctor’s office. He has an epiphany—he realizes he’s in the Land of the Very Old. In this article, the author takes us through aspects of his aging journey. At one point, he touches on the idea of a newspaper-like “corrections column” for your life. I was quite taken by the idea of looking back on your life and identifying “corrections”. It's much better than wallowing in regrets which can seldom be resolved. In the last year or so, I have found myself looking back occasionally trying to understand why I made certain decisions or the way I behaved in some situations. I’m almost always able to let any regrets go, but I do find the mere act of exploring gives me some insights into my current behavior. And guess what? I’ve discovered old dogs can learn new tricks and I’m embracing my “corrections”. The Land of the Very Old is Approaching More than anything else, this article was a reminder that, like it or not, I’m approaching the border of the Land of the Very Old. I haven’t reached it yet, but the “diminishing” that Toperoff describes as a sign of passage into this new land is more noticeable than just a few years ago. I’m resisting the diminishing, but I can’t stop it. “In the Land of the Very Old” is a long read but, in my opinion, worth the time and effort. If you’re still in the land of the middle-aged or younger, it may not resonate at all. For those of us living in the “old country”, on the border of the Land of the Very Old, the article strikes a chord. I encourage you to read Toperoff’s closing paragraphs because it does give the “old” reader hope that residing in the land of the “very old” can be a good thing. It surely beats the alternative. By the way, the striking image tied to this article was taken from Sam's house in the French Alps. The story about how three generations of his family decided to move from the U.S. to France when he was 80 years old adds a nice dimension to his story. Sam Toperoff in the Land of the Very Old (Photo by Sam Toperoff) Three Generations of the Toperoff Family (Photo by Sam Toperoff) Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email not


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Camp Codger 2.0

Camp Codger 2.0 has arrived in your podcast feed! Surprised to be hearing from us again? After all, didn’t we say goodbye a few weeks ago? Are the codgers back in the game? The short answer is “maybe”. This is an experiment and may end up being a very short comeback tour. When we decided to wrap up the Camp Codger podcast, Gary Ebersole had convinced himself that he was ready to move on. However, to be honest, a lot of his retirement identity was wrapped up in Camp Codger. In our circle of friends, we were the old guys who did the podcast for seniors. Most folks thought that was pretty cool. So did we. But, after much pondering as well as consulting with his fellow codgers, Gary decided to relaunch what he is calling Camp Codger 2.0. This version of Camp Codger will be different in several ways. First, the codger participation will be different. Randy has moved into the role of Codger Emeritus, perhaps appearing in a short episode on occasion. Richard wants to take on a less active role not driven by the demanding weekly publishing schedule we followed for seventeen months with Camp Codger 1.0. Gary completely agrees with that sentiment. In the new Camp Codger, episodes will be published pretty much when we jolly well feel like it. Frequently enough to stay engaged with our listeners, but not so often that doing Camp Codger feels like a job. After all, we are retired, right? With Randy retired and Richard’s participation reduced, that leaves Gary, the Chief Codger, responsible for most of the content we will be producing for Camp Codger 2.0. Richard may contribute the occasional, short solo episode on a topic that strikes his fancy, or he and Gary might engage in a conversation on a topic that grabs their attention. Camp Codger 2.0 Topics We’re leaving the topics wide open at this point. What you can expect is that we will continue to focus on topics that are relevant to our fellow Baby Boomers. And we may frequently touch on more controversial subjects. If you don’t agree with our opinions in an episode that we publish, we’re counting on you to tell us where we went wrong or, just maybe, let us know when we hit the mark and tell your friends about the new Camp Codger 2.0. As a rule, you can expect these episodes to be shorter, ideally under ten minutes. Don’t be surprised if some are just a few minutes long. After all, nobody really wants to listen to an old codger drone on endlessly, even if he speaks in the most dulcet of tones. You can think of what we will be publishing for Camp Codger 2.0 as opinion pieces delivered as Goldilocks-style audio essays—not too long, not too short, just the right length for the topic at hand. Finally, our audience expectations for Camp Codger 2.0 are now far more realistic. Our main motivations for bringing back Camp Codger are personal. We enjoy the creative process of producing episodes and think we have something to share with our listeners. Even if we only have a small audience that appreciates what we have to say, life is still good! Connect with Us Would you like to know when the codgers have something new to say? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode about the return of the codgers, please click the Share button below and Like Camp Codger on our Facebook Page. Finally, have some feedback for the old codgers?


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Time to Say Goodbye

It's been a good run, but, with a heavy heart, it's time for the old codgers to say goodbye. We hope you enjoyed listening to Camp Codger as much as we did creating and publishing these last 72 episodes. In an epilogue episode, Gary explains how we came to this difficult decision. Leave a comment below or send an email to if you have any last thoughts. Goodbye! Gary, Richard, and Randy


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Bah Humbug—Return of the Grinch

Bah Humbug, return of the Grinch, and here comes Gary Ebersole to ruin whatever Christmas joy is left. We all know that Ebenezer Scrooge says, Bah Humbug. The Grinch means Christmas is in danger. Then there's Gary Ebersole, co-host of Camp Codger and hater of the holiday season, Christmas shopping, and pretty much everything that happens between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Is Gary the incarnation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Bah Humbug!) and the Grinch (the green character that Dr. Seuss says stole Christmas)? Well, that's what we are led to believe in his anti-Christmas rant that begins this week's episode of the Camp Codger podcast. "I know I'm supposed to get into the Christmas spirit by buying thoughtful, meaningful gifts," says Gary. "Spending hours scrolling through Amazon page after Amazon page is thoughtful shopping? I'll give you meaningful. Here's a gift card." Bah humbug, return of the Grinch indeed! By the end of Gary's anti-holiday-season rant, Randy Schultz (Camp Codger co-host), couldn't take it any longer. Saturday Night Live Strikes Again Remember back in the mid-1970s when Saturday Night Live was a new show? Cast members Dan Aykroid and Jane Curtain did a great satire of the "Point, Counterpoint" segment on 60 Minutes. You know the one. It's when, after Jane rants, Dan's first words are, "Jane, you ignorant slut." Yep, that one. That's what happens after Gary gets finished with his Christmas rant. Randy looks at him and says, "Gary, you pompous, ungrateful old codger!" Then the real fireworks begin. We won't include all of Randy's counter-rant here. (You'll have to listen to the podcast episode to hear the whole thing.) But we will tell you this. Not only does he call Gary an Ebenezer Scrooge, but he tells Gary to get his butt off the couch and go out to experience the joy of the Christmas season himself. "We live in the most amazing country at the most amazing time in history!" says Randy. "It wouldn't hurt for you to be grateful once in a while. Anyone in Ukraine or in the Gaza Strip would trade places with you in a heartbeat." And then he renames his co-host Gary the Red-Nosed Codger. Bah Humbug, Return of the Grinch, and More! Bah humbug, it's the return of the Grinch for sure. Co-host Richard Kipling tries to be a peacemaker, but it's not an easy task. It doesn't look like Gary is going to get his "participation trophy" for once again enduring the dreaded Holiday Season. Don't worry, Gary! You've got almost 11 months to brace yourself for Christmas Season 2024! After this episode, the codgers at Camp Codger are taking a few weeks off. So, after you've listened to this episode, dive into the archives and listen to some episodes you missed the first time around. Connect with Us Leave a comment below or send an email to


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New Year's Resolutions and How to Keep Them

New Year’s Resolutions—and How to Keep Them—is a fitting show to close out the year. It’s a longstanding tradition to make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of a new year. That’s why we chose to share some of our own resolutions. But more importantly, we also reveal the 7 tips that will help ensure that you actually keep your New Year’s resolutions. If you make resolutions at the start of a new year you’re in good company. A survey of US adults revealed that almost 40% of us make New Year’s resolutions EVERY YEAR! Unfortunately, most of us are...


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Holiday Loneliness

Yes, Holiday Loneliness is a real thing--especially for seniors during the most festive season of the year. Here's what you can do about it. You know that Andy Williams song that we hear from Thanksgiving Day all the way through Christmas? The name of the song is, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." It's a popular song because for most of us, the holiday season really is the best time of the year. The lyrics of the song begin: It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year It's the hap-happiest season of all With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings When friends come to call It's the hap-happiest season of all There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There'll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago But what if you aren't feeling merry? What if you are experiencing holiday loneliness? What if you are a senior who is not going to parties? And what if you are not surrounded by friends and family? It’s the Holiday Season! Hooray! (Or Not.) The truth is, for many senior citizens the holidays are a time of loneliness and isolation. It’s a season when many of us have too few friends to talk to. Family is too far away-- and too much time is spent alone. In May 2023, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an urgent warning about an “epidemic of loneliness” in America. “Addressing the crisis of loneliness and isolation is one of our generation’s greatest challenges,” Murthy said. According to the CDC, nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are socially isolated. Older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, chronic illness and hearing or sight loss. An Expert on Holiday Loneliness for Seniors To talk about the problem of holiday loneliness, we invited Beverly Ventriss to Camp Codger to chat with us about how to recognize loneliness in seniors. And what we all can do to make their world less lonely. For the past 9 years, Beverly has been president and CEO of Valley InterCommunity Council (VIC). It's a group of three Los Angeles-based senior centers that deliver services both at the centers and at home-bound seniors’ homes. These hubs for seniors, which will celebrate their 60th year in 2024, are abuzz with activities that play an essential role in many seniors’ lives. We had lots of questions for Beverly: ** Can you describe for us what, exactly, constitutes “loneliness” for seniors? ** How can you tell if someone is lonely? Are there “loneliness” signs we should look for? ** If you are a senior and feel a sense of loneliness, what are some coping strategies to help you climb out of it? ** So we live in an age dominated by technology. How can technology help — or hinder — the individual’s fight against loneliness? ** Can loneliness lead the way to depression? To dementia? ** If you spot loneliness in a friend or family member, what can you do? What to do about Holiday Loneliness It turns out, there are many ways to help overcome holiday loneliness. Reach out to friends that you haven't heard from. Pick up the phone to say "hi." Post messages on social media platforms such as Facebook, and also comment on the posts of others. Go say hello to your next door neighbor. Sometimes it's hard to reach out when you are suffering from holiday loneliness-- or loneliness any time of the year. But reaching out is what friends do. It helps everyo


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Christmas Fun with Grandkids

How to have Christmas fun with grandkids-- and a year-round guide to making memories with your grandchildren from Camp Granny author, Sharon Lovejoy. Happy holiday season! We interviewed Sharon Lovejoy in the summer about her wonderful book, Camp Granny. If there's an expert on how to have fun with kids and grandkids, it's Sharon. She's a successful author, illustrator, speaker, and shop owner. But her most notable role is that of being a "granny". She takes grandparenting to a new level, reminding us that spending quality time with your grandchildren is the best gift you can give them. That's why we are rerunning our interview with Sharon during the Christmas season. Spending quality time with our kids and our grandchildren is one of the joys of the holiday season. Listen to this interview with Sharon Lovejoy and you will get lots ideas for fun activities to do this holiday season, and throughout the year. Sharon Lovejoy is the ultimate Camp Granny to her grandkids. She knows how to be the "fun" grandmother. And in her interview with the hosts of Camp Codger, she shares lots of activities and projects that grandmothers and grandfathers can do with their grandkids. Sharon Lovejoy and Christmas Fun with Grandkids In her book, Camp Granny, Sharon offers grandparents (and parents, too) tips on dozens of projects to both entertain and teach grandchildren about the world they live in. In addition to dozens of indoor and outdoor activities, she also guides projects in the kitchen. Plus, there are lots of tips that appeal to the creative sides of children. When it comes to having Christmas fun with grandkids, Sharon Lovejoy is a pro! Sharon's inventive ideas focus on satisfying the natural curiosity of children and their sense of adventure. From leaf rubbings to gardening to making Moon Pizzas, she has activities for every grandchild. Many of her indoor activities with kids are perfect for the holiday season. On Being a Fun Grandparent In the introduction to her book, Camp Granny, Sharon Lovejoy writes: "Running a successful Camp Granny isn't about having a giant flat-screen television with 300 channels, a big swimming pool, or the latest computer games. It is about the time you share with your grandchild." Making memories is a gift that will endure for a lifetime. That's why Sharon's ideas make Christmas fun with grandkids so wonderful. Sharon's many ideas include backyard campouts (that work equally as well in a basement or garage) and a "dress-up drawer" filled with costumes for the grandkids. She keeps a stash of old games like pick-up sticks and Old Maid in a nearby drawer. She uses large mayonnaise jars (that she gets free from local restaurants) and makes time capsules with the grandkids. The Camp Granny with Sharon Lovejoy episode of Camp Codger is filled with so many great ideas. You may need to listen to it twice! Connect with Us Did you enjoy listening to this Christmas Fun with Grandkids episode featuring author Sharon Lovejoy? Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter and you will receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode, please click the Share button below and Like Camp Codger on our Facebook Page. Have some feedba


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Codger Retirement Stories

This week, the codgers tell their retirement stories. Did they retire at 65? Retirement planning, new hobbies, how to enjoy retirement, and more. If you're a subscriber to Camp Codger, you already know about the survey we emailed last week. We asked subscribers to tell us which topics they wanted to hear about on the Camp Codger podcast. Retirement was one of the top choices. As a result, we're going to do more shows on the theme of retirement. We're launching our retirement-themed shows with Codger Retirement Stories. It's a candid discussion where co-hosts Randy Schultz, Gary Ebersole, and Richard Kipling talk about their retirement journeys so far. Listen to this episode to hear how three smart old guys are navigating the change from full time employment to blissful retirement. Retire at 65? One of the biggest questions each of us must ask is, "When should I retire?" The classic model of working for three or four decades and then retiring at age 65 is no longer the only option. Now, more and more seniors are choosing to ease into retirement. Going from full-time employment to full retirement is simply too big a change for many people to make in one day. That's why you should listen to Randy's story about how his father's retirement went. His father got the proverbial gold watch and the warm handshake one Friday. Then, the following Monday, he was totally unprepared for his new life as a retiree. Yes, many people are forced to deal with the "retirement decision" abruptly--in the case of a job loss or other event at work. But thankfully, there are many options that enable a more gradual path toward retirement. Surprising Facts About Retirement The average age of retirement in the United States is 66. That's up from 60 in the 1990s. This increase in retirement age is probably due to our increasing lifespans. According to Social Security actuarial tables, a 70-year-old man in America can expect to live an average of 15.4 more years. We're living longer than ever, which means we're likely to be retired for more years than ever before. Maybe that's why none of the Camp Codger co-hosts rushed into retirement. Gary, age 75, is the only one who admits to being retired. Richard, age 79, does not use the word "retired" to describe himself. And Randy, the youngster of the group at 69, is easing into retirement by deliberately working less each year. The details of their personal retirement stories and journeys are fascinating, so listen to this episode to hear all the details. Codger Retirement Stories: Don't Worry, Be Happy Retirement is supposed to make us happy, right? We're all supposed to LOVE sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, going fishing and not catching any fish, and taking a painting class at the local community college so we can create museum-quality artwork in our golden years. Isn't that the stereotype of what retirement should be? What if retirement in the 21st century doesn't look like that? What if today's seniors are making other choices--such as volunteering at a local nonprofit organization or learning a new technical skill. Or, even taking up a gender-breaking hobby like knitting or car maintenance? The truth is, your retirement can be anything you want it to be! And you're going to love this discussion on how to transition into retirement--and what to do once you're there. Connect with Camp Codger Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger new


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Thanksgiving, Mortality, and Gratitude

Thanksgiving, mortality, and gratitude come together during a thoughtful hike by Gary. I’m 75 and occasionally I feel every day of my age. And, frankly, I have been feeling mortal more often lately. The day after Thanksgiving was one of those days. I was hiking up Sun Mountain, one of my favorite short but intense hikes. Three miles round-trip and a bit over 600 feet of elevation gain. Now, I don’t practice walking meditation—maybe I should since it might ease my monkey mind—so my head is usually spinning through a wide range of thoughts. It can be really refreshing for me since it’s a good break from being tied to my digital devices. During these mental ramblings, I often have these moments of clarity about something that’s been bugging me. Seldom real epiphanies, just a better understanding and clarity. Mortality That morning’s hike followed the usual pattern, but I found I couldn’t hold my normal hiking pace. “God, I’m getting old” was my first thought, and then I started down the slippery slope of “doomscrolling” through my mortality as I hiked. I began wondering how much longer I could do this short, steep hike. A couple of years? Until I’m 80? Maybe in a decade when I’m 85? Well, I thought, if I can do this at any pace when I’m 85, there’s hope. My mood was improving. A modest breakthrough—I’ll bet I can keep doing this hike for many more years! Perhaps my demise was not so imminent after all. Gratitude I then drifted off to another thought that had been floating around in my head that morning—gratitude. Yeah, I know—thoughts of mortality and gratitude are usually not closely aligned, but I was just following the meandering of my over-active mind. The previous night I had read an interesting article on being grateful and being happier. There’s solid research evidence that expressing gratitude increases happiness. Even the philosophers of ancient Rome understood the value of being grateful. However, gratitude is not a natural emotion for most humans. We’ve evolved to focus on being alert to things that might harm us. Being grateful takes work. It’s just like exercise. Once you decide to start, you need to be disciplined and stick with it. Thanksgiving Anyway, after wallowing around in thoughts of my mortality, I decided to practice expressing gratitude during the remainder of that hike. And I had a lot to be grateful for. I was healthy and strong enough for a short, strenuous, hike, the sun was shining, I was on a pretty trail, and when I got to the top, the view was stunning as usual. And I couldn’t forget that I had a wonderful wife waiting for me at home and great family and friends. I could even see my house from the top of Sun Mountain. Pretty cool! I’m a really lucky guy! But what’s truly odd is that it took conscious effort for me to be grateful for my good fortune. My default thinking that day, after struggling a bit early during the hike, was to go to the dark side and obsess about my mortality. That’s clearly not how I want to spend my time, so I vowed to work on my sense of gratitude. Thanksgiving was a perfect time to start that practice. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode about Thanksgiving, mortality, and gratitude, please click


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Has Amazon Ruined Holiday Shopping?

You might be right if you think Amazon has ruined holiday season shopping. Or not. Holiday season shopping used to mean going downtown or to the shopping mall to buy Christmas and Hanukkah gifts for friends and family. But now, Amazon and online shopping have made buying gifts from your smart phone or laptop computer so easy. On this episode of the Camp Codger podcast, the three Camp Counselors talk about memories of holiday season shopping way back in the 20th century. And they discuss the benefits of shopping now in the comfort of home while dressed in your bathrobe and fuzzy slippers. Which way is better? Option One: Amazon Ruined the Holiday Shopping Experience If you ask co-hosts Randy Schultz or Richard Kipling, it's clear that Amazon shopping doesn't offer the same warm, fuzzy feeling as shopping in a mall with Christmas carols and holiday music playing in the background. "I love to go shopping in stores to get a full dose of the holiday season experience," says Schultz. "For me, the holiday season hasn't really begun until I have immersed myself in some old-fashioned holiday shopping." Richard Kipling agrees. He has fond memories of walking the streets in Pasadena, California, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas holiday shopping. There is definitely something wonderful about the sensory experience of holiday shopping at stores. Option Two: Amazon Makes Gift Buying So Much Easier Fans of the Camp Codger podcast can probably predict how co-host Gary Ebersole feels about shopping for holiday gifts online. "I love Amazon!" says Ebersole. "I love Amazon shopping as much as I hate shopping at 'brick and mortar' stores!" Yep. Gary has been called a Christmas Grinch. But he is actually just really efficient when it comes to shopping. He doesn't need to touch or examine the merchandise. Gary doesn't need a dose of Christmas carols on the store's sound system. He just wants to buy the items on his list and be done. Let's face it, Amazon and other online stores offer what may be the most efficient way to shop that's ever been invented. Has Amazon ruined holiday shopping? No! Amazon made holiday shopping (and basically any shopping) SO MUCH BETTER! Option Three: Go to Stores and Do Holiday Shopping on Amazon! Truth be told, many of us still like holiday shopping in stores for some items. And we also love the convenience of online shopping. Especially when it comes to shipping! You don't have the wrap the gifts. Or stand in line at the post office to ship them! What a time saver! Today, you can shop however you want to. And that can make holiday shopping a whole lot less stressful. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! There is a lot of joy and laughter in this episode of Camp Codger. We guarantee it will get you into the holiday spirit. Listen to this episode with family members or friends to get a jump-start on the holiday season! It's OK whether you think that Amazon ruined holiday shopping or you think online shopping is a fantastic convenience. We at Camp Codger wish you and yours a fabulous holiday season. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanza! Fantastic Festivus! And if you enjoy this episode, please leave a comment below. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe&


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Codger Travel Trips

Codger travel trips and vacation adventures abound as the hosts of the Camp Codger podcast return from their travels. Vacation travel and adventures pulled all three of the Camp Codger hosts from homes simultaneously. Jet-setter Randy Schultz spent several days in Rome and then embarked on a long cruise across the Atlantic with his wife Patti. Richard Kipling managed to survive a 43-day-long road trip in a small travel trailer as he and Alison toured the Midwest and the Washington, DC area. And Gary Ebersole's travels to New England with Bee went without a hitch. (Well, almost). On this episode of the Camp Codger Podcast, the three hosts tell their favorite stories about their vacation adventures. A short summary is below, but listen to the entire episode to hear all of the wonderful stories. Vacation Adventure #1: Cruising the High Seas Randy logged the most miles on his latest trip. He and his wife flew to Rome, Italy, and toured the city for four days. Rome might be the most important city in the Western world in terms of history and centuries-long influence. Four days was only enough time to scratch the historical surface. Randy and Patti took a subterranean tour of the historical Colosseum and saw where the lions and tigers were kept before their battles with Rome's gladiators. (Note: Did you know that there was a human-powered underground elevator that brought up the wild animals to the Colosseum floor? This wooden elevator has been recreated for tourists to see.) After their quick tour of Rome, Randy and Patti boarded the Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship. Listen to the podcast episode (click on the "play" triangle above) to hear all about that adventure. Codger Travel Trip #2: Grizzly Bears Everywhere Richard and Alison had a completely different type of trip. They went on a 43-day road trip through the United States. Yes, you read that right. 43 days! As you might imagine, Richard brought back lots of funny and amazing stories from this adventure. Devil's Tower National Monument in northwestern Wyoming was particularly memorable. Yes, the Tower itself was stunning. (Devil's Tower played an important role in the Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie.) But Richard's funniest story about Devil's Tower is about grizzly bears. Relax, he didn't actually see a grizzly. But the many warning signs about the presence of grizzlies really freaked him out! Senior Travel Trip #3: Abandoned in Boston Unlike the vacation adventures describe above, Gary and Bee's codger travel trip was focused on visiting people, not places. Gary experienced the joys of visiting Bee's East Coast relatives. And there are A LOT of Bee's family members to visit. (Hear Gary's funny stories on the podcast episode.) On his trip, Gary enjoyed his visit to Acadia National Park in Maine. This park is "the crown jewel of the North Atlantic Coast" according to the National Park Service website, and Gary says it's well worth a visit. Please click on the "Play Episode" triangle above to hear all about the Codger Travel Trips! Then leave a comment if you enjoy this episode! If you're a fan of Camp Codger, please tell a friend! Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email noti


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How to Be Happy

Learn the Nine Secrets to How to Be Happy and Have the Best Life Possible. The "happiness study," which is actually called the Harvard Study of Adult Development, has followed more than 700 men and now their families from the 1930s until today. The goal of the study is to learn the keys to a happy and healthy life. This Harvard University study is the longest of its kind, and over the years it has revealed the 9 secrets to how to be happy. In this episode of the Camp Codger podcast, we talk about the findings of the ongoing Harvard Study of Adult Development. The three co-hosts of Camp Codger (Randy Schultz, Gary Ebersole, and Richard Kipling) also talk about their own quests for how to create a happy life in their senior years. Relationships are the Key to Happiness The current leaders of the Harvard Study on how to be happy are Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz. They wrote a book called The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness. Here's what they said in the beginning of their book: "If we had to take all 84 years of the Harvard Study and boil it into a single principle for living, one thing that is supported by similar findings across a wide variety of other studies, it would be this: Good relationships keep us healthier and happier." Don't Worry, Be Happy Of course, there are other secrets that help us create happiness in our lives. Reach out to a friend and have a conversation at least once a day. Cultivate kindness. And more. (Listen to this episode of Camp Codger to learn them all!) Back in the 1980s, a singer named Bobbie McFerrin had a hit song called Don't Worry, Be Happy. It turns out, this song contains some good advice. So be nice. Don't worry so much. Reach out to other people. One more thing: If you enjoy the Camp Codger podcast, please tell your friends about it. Podcasts grow by word of mouth-- people telling other people about them. So, please support our show by spreading the word. According to the Harvard Study on how to be happy, telling your friends about Camp Codger can make you happier! Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode about How to Be Happy, please click the Share button below. Also tell your friends about Camp Codger and Like Camp Codger on our Facebook Page. Finally, do have some feedback for the old codgers? Leave a comment below or send an email to We love hearing from you!


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What Happened in 1980

What happened in 1980? According to Gary, not much. But that's not a fair measure of what happened in that year. At our age, we know all too well that every year can be eventful. For some, the 1980 presidential election was the most meaningful event of the year. Incumbent Jimmy Carter was defeated by the Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan. John Lennon is Gone For many of us early boomers, the most memorable event was John Lennon's assassination on the streets of New York in December of that year. Lennon and the Beatles were the voice of our generation, and his loss represented the end of an era. Miracle on Ice Sports fans will remember 1980 for the stunning upset of the Russian hockey team by the young U.S.A. team of amateurs. These kids went on to win a gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. What Else Happened in 1980? For auto enthusiasts, the U.S. auto industry reached rock bottom with the introduction of the K-car from Chrysler. Was there ever a blander, less inspiring car than this design disaster? We can't forget about natural disasters such as the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington or the Iranian hostage crisis which effectively ended Carter's presidency. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode about what happened in 1980, please click the Share button below and Like Camp Codger on our Facebook Page. Finally, have some feedback for the old codgers? Leave a comment below or send an email to


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The Golden Bachelor and Senior Dating

How a Prime Time TV show called The Golden Bachelor has brought Senior Dating into the Spotlight. If you haven't heard about The Golden Bachelor show on ABC-TV, you don't watch television. Or surf the Internet, or read newspapers. It seems everybody over the age of 60 is talking about The Golden Bachelor. Seemingly overnight, America is aware that there are older people (senior citizens!) who are in their 60s and 70s who are single and looking for love. There are old folks who are actively looking for companionship and relationships. In this episode of the Camp Codger podcast, co-hosts Randy Schultz and Richard Kipling keep the senior dating discussion going with a great conversation with Hoyt Prisock, host of the podcast Behind the Swipe. The Golden Bachelor A Camp Codger podcast episode about senior dating has been in the planning queue for several months. But the launch of The Golden Bachelor TV show on ABC, and then connecting with senior dating podcast host Hoyt Prisock moved this topic to the top of our list. Gerry (pronounced Gary) Turner, is the perfect choice for TV's first "golden bachelor." He's TV handsome, and his back story is perfect. He married his high school sweetheart, and stayed married to her for more than 40 years until her death 6 years ago. He's ready to find the next love of his life. And he's totally charming. Of course, the "bachelorettes" are glamorous TV material. But this time, they are age appropriate for a 72-year-old bachelor. This show provides plenty of encouragement for other seniors who are ready to start dating again. Senior Dating The Golden Bachelor TV show is great fun. But for most of us who aren't on a TV show about senior dating, getting back into the dating game as a single senior can be a real challenge. As a matter of fact, all three of the Camp Codger hosts have been in that situation. That's why we wanted to share our experiences and insights. Our special guest on this show, Hoyt Prisock of the Behind the Swipe podcast, has also traveled the "dating later in life" path. On this episode, we talk about senior dating, including how to use online dating apps safely. Indeed, online dating has become a baseline for seniors who want to restart their dating lives. We're sure you will enjoy this episode, no matter what your relationship status is. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode about The Golden Bachelor and senior dating, please click the Share button below and Like Camp Codger on our Facebook Page. Finally, have some feedback for the codgers? Leave a comment below or send an email to


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Seniors Love E-Bikes

Do seniors love e-bikes? If you ask Randy Schultz, Richard Kipling, and Gary Ebersole the answer is clear. Absolutely! In the last decade, the use of e-bikes for outdoor fun and as a non-polluting alternative to cars has exploded. And in big cities, e-bikes have become the de facto vehicle for home delivery services. Order a pizza and Chinese take-out in New York City and it's a good bet the delivery person will be riding an e-bike. Over a million e-bikes are sold each year in the U.S. and the numbers are growing. The global trend is even stronger, and experts suggest that using e-bikes rather than cars for many trips could have a measurable impact on climate change. Why Do Seniors Love E-Bikes? It's a simple answer—riding e-bikes is just plain fun! There is nothing quite like zipping along almost effortlessly at 15 or 20 miles per hour while still getting exercise. It's also a wonderful social activity since group rides give seniors a chance to spend time with family and friends. Buying an E-Bike In this episode, we look at how seniors should approach purchasing an e-bike. There are a multitude of frame types to suit every riding need whether running errands around town on a utility bike or hitting the trails and dirt roads with an electric mountain bike. Where to buy an e-bike is a common question for riders of all ages. For seniors who have less experience with biking, purchasing from a local bike shop might be the best approach. Most towns have good shops that can assess your needs and get you on the right kind of e-bike. The shops are also around after your purchase to provide support and maintenance. For seniors who love e-bikes, have decent mechanical skills, and feel comfortable assembling and maintaining an e-bike, there are many reliable manufacturers who sell their e-bikes online. Riding an E-Bike If you have ridden a non-electric bike, then you can ride an e-bike. Riding safely requires the same equipment used for regular bike riding—a good helmet, gloves, and riding glasses (sunglasses are fine). New and experienced riders need to think in terms of riding an electric scooter than just a bicycle. E-bikes typically go much faster than non-electric bikes and are significantly heavier. Want to learn more about buying and riding an e-bike in your golden years? Just click on the "Play Episode" triangle above. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode about how seniors love e-bikes, please click the Share button below and Like Camp Codger on our Facebook Page. Finally, have some feedback for the old codgers? Leave a comment below or send an email to


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Seniors and Falling

Seniors and falling is a serious health issue. Falls among the elderly can cause hip fractures, hospital visits, and even deaths among older people. That's why it's important to learn how to prevent falls. Let's face it, seniors and falling is a daily concern. Older people, especially the very elderly, take tumbles every day. In June 2023, President Joe Biden fell at the podium while addressing cadets at the Air Force Academy. More recently, Camp Codger co-host Richard Kipling fell at a museum, looking at his phone and not where he was walking. Luckily, both survived these falls with no damage. The point is, if we’re senior citizens, most of us have fallen, or nearly fallen. According to the CDC, every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) suffers a fall in the U.S.—making falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group. One out of four older adults will fall each year in the United States, making falls and falling a public health concern, particularly among an aging population. Elderly and Falls Statistics Here are a few more facts from the CDC about older adults and falling: -- More than 35 million falls are reported among older adults each year—resulting in more than 32,000 deaths. -- Each year, about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall injury. -- And each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures. More than 95% of those fractures are caused by falling. So given these alarming numbers, what do we do? What can we seniors do to stay on our feet and avoid a health catastrophe and even death? Seniors and Falling Expert Emily Nabors On this important episode about Seniors and Falling, we invited Emily Nabors, an expert on the elderly and falls. Emily holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, where she is a Program Manager specializing in Falls Prevention. She educates aging and health providers and housing professionals on what they can do to help seniors NOT become part of those alarming statistics. To that end, Emily conducts research on home modification to support aging in place and has developed a home modification toolkit with resources for seniors and professionals. So, how did a younger person get into the field of studying older people and falls? "I kind of 'fell' into it," says Emily. "One of my earliest jobs was working at an art gallery. There were older clientele who I really connected with. After a few years, I decided to segue from the art world to a career where I was helping older people. I wanted to do work that could improve our quality of life in our later years." Preventing Falls and Injuries Most falls and falling injuries suffered by older people and seniors can be prevented. Strategies to make homes and apartments can be make our homes safer. Falls are common across all age groups. But because of the risk of injury in seniors, making home modifications can help to reduce falls-- and the injuries senior citizens suffer when they do fall. Remove clutter in the home. Remove throw rugs. And follow the tips that Emily Nabors gives in this Seniors and Falling episode of Camp Codger. In addition to all of the places you can listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.) you can also listen to our podcasts on the Camp Codger YouTube Channel. And, of course, you can simply click on the "Play Episode" triangle above.


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Advice from Sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz

Senior Sexuality, Mature Relationships, and Love After 60 Advice from Sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz. Is it normal to be a sexy senior citizen? Can mature relationships well into our golden years include intimacy? Is it normal for mature relationships to include a loving sexual relationship? According to the advice from sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, the expert guest on this episode of Camp Codger, the answers to these questions are an enthusiastic "Yes!" Dr. Schwartz has been a respected expert on sexual topics for decades. She is a sociologist and sexologist at the University of Washington who has done extensive research on sexuality and relationships. She is a popular speaker on topics about intimacy and sexual wellness. Plus, she is the author of 26 books. That's right--26 books, including PRIME: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love and the Sensual Years. And, she is the sexuality expert on the long-running TV show "Married at First Sight." Love Advice for Senior Citizens from Sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz According to Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a loving, romantic, and sexy relationship is a wonderful goal for most people in their golden years. There is no reason that older people have to give up on being sexy or sexual, says Dr. Schwartz. It's not everyday day that you get to hear intimacy advice from Sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz. During this information-packed episode of the Camp Codger podcast, Doctor Pepper Schwartz answers these questions: What are the characteristics of a good, intimate relationship as a senior? Are medical doctors a good source of information about sex and intimacy? Why is the media afraid to deal with the topic of love and intimacy after the age of 60? Plus, she gives specific tips and advice about many topics of interest to older folks who are not yet willing to give up on a relationship that includes physical love and intimacy. Celebrate Your Sensuality It's not too late to be a sexy and sensual person. With expert love advice from sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, you can continue to be in a loving, romantic relationship in your 60s, 70s, and even your 80s. The hosts of the Camp Codger podcast wish to thank Dr. Schwartz (the sexuality advisor on the hit TV show Married at First Sight and world-renowned relationship expert) for her wisdom and for sharing her knowledge with the Camp Codger family of listeners. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode about Relationship and Intimacy Advice from Sexologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, please click the Share button below and Like Camp Codger on our Facebook Page. Finally, have some feedback for the Camp Codger hosts? Leave a comment below or send an email to


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Improve Memory and Brain Health

Improve memory and brain health with these tips for seniors. How sharp is your memory? Do you sometimes forget things? Is your mind as sharp as it used to be? Do you have trouble remembering people’s names right after you’ve met them? Do you sometimes look all over the house for your phone, and then discover that it's been in your hand the whole time? If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, you are not alone. Many of us in our golden years don’t remember things as well as we used to. On today’s episode of Camp Codger, which we call Improve Memory and Brain Health, our expert guest is Dr. Linda Sasser, author of Brain Sense: A Guide and Workbook to Keep Your Mind and Memory Sharp. She is also a nationally known expert speaker on topics about brain function and brain health. Is It Normal to Have Memory Problems? That's the first question we asked Dr. Sasser. Thankfully, she said yes. (That made the Camp Codger counselors feel better.) As we get older, we will occasionally experience some memory problems. These include misplacing things, sometimes needing to pause to remember directions, and forgetting names. "What we like to say is if you forget where your keys are, that's normal," said Dr. Sasser. "But if you forget what your keys are for, that is a red flag. So if your memory lapses start interfering with accomplishing daily tasks, paying bills, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, or getting lost coming home from the grocery store, then that's a concern." Experts say some of our thinking abilities peak at age 30, and they slowly decline as we get older. So we're all going to experience things like a slowing down in our thinking speed as we get older. Tips to Improve Memory and Brain Health If each of us is going to experience some memory lapses, is there anything we can do about it? Fortunately, the answer is yes! Here are four tips to help improve your memory and brain health. Dr. Sasser shares more information about how to improve memory and brain health on this episode of Camp Codger. Please listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also tell your "Alexa" speaker to play the Camp Codger podcast. You can even go to YouTube and search for Camp Codger to listen to our episodes. ONE MORE THING: We still have a few of our First Edition Camp Codger bumper stickers. If you leave a comment about a recent Camp Codger episode, we'll send you a bumper sticker. Free! All we ask is you put it on your car or somewhere else where people will see it. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Camp Codger podcast. And please tell your friends about it. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast app. And, if you enjoyed this episode called Impr


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Things We Love About Getting Old

The things we love about getting old include senior discounts, social security checks, grandkids, taking walks, and afternoon naps. A couple of weeks ago, we did a Camp Codger podcast episode about what we don't like about getting old. It was our chance to rant a little about the aches and pains of getting older. Literally. Sometimes you just gotta complain to get it out of your system. But being crabby about aging shouldn't be your full time job. Being grumpy all the time doesn't make for a happy life-- or a happy retirement. So on this show, we talked about the things we love about getting old. What are the Things You Love About Getting Old? We began the episode with a few things we can all agree that we love about getting old. Senior discounts! (How can you not love paying less for something just because you've got a little gray hair?") Social security checks! (The government deposits money into your bank account every month!) Randy brought up one of the best things about getting old: Freedom from the Weekend! When you're retired, you no longer have to wait until the weekend to go out to dinner or go to a movie. In fact, your "weekend" can be Tuesday and Wednesday, when stores and other venues are free of crowds. "Every day is a weekend when you are older and retired!" said Gary, in total agreement. Having no work worries is another great thing about being older. Your "To-Do" list gets a lot shorter, and sometimes your To-Do list includes things like "Take a Ride on the E-bike." Imagine a To-do list of nothing but fun things! If that's not a benefit of growing older, we don't know what is. Getting Older Can Be Fun! Once the Camp Codger counselors got started, we found so many things we love about getting old. How about eating breakfast on the front porch-- just like people used to do in the olden days. Why not? Who says you have to eat every meal indoors? Act like an old person and eat breakfast on the front porch and wave to the neighbors as they pass by! Richard admitted he loves to exercise whenever he wants to. He also loves reading a book whenever he wants to. Do anything you want whenever you want to! You have the time to play and do fun things anytime during the day. You have lots of free time. So, give yourself permission to do something fun whenever the mood strikes you. Check Out Our YouTube Channel Have you seen the Camp Codger channel on YouTube? We post all of our podcast episodes, so you can listen to Camp Codger via YouTube when that's more convenient. We also post fun videos about all kinds of topics related to getting older. Our recent Jimmy Buffett Tribute episode has been extremely popular on YouTube. And the short video that Randy shot at Jimmy Buffett's last stadium concert (in San Diego on May 6, 2023) is the most popular video on the Camp Codger YouTube channel-- by far! It seems that everyone still loves Jimmy Buffett. So, please visit the Camp Codger channel on YouTube and click on the subscribe button. You will be notified whenever we post a new video. And make sure you see the "Old Randy Gives Advice to Young Randy" short video. It's a hoot! Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notification each time we publish a new episode. You can also subscribe and listen on your


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Jimmy Buffett Tribute

A Jimmy Buffett Tribute to His Songs, Music, Parrotheads, and Margaritaville Charm. Jimmy Buffett was a singer, songwriter, and a much-loved entertainer. His stadium concerts, filled with his adoring fans called parrotheads, became massive tailgating parties where fans celebrated Jimmy's beach bum attitude. For the first time on the Camp Codger podcast, co-hosts Randy Schultz, Gary Ebersole, and Richard Kipling, devote an entire episode of the show to a popular codger whose life has made a lasting impact. This Jimmy Buffett tribute is a look at the life, charm, success, and endearing affect that Jimmy Buffett had on the baby boomer generation. James William Buffett was born on Christmas Day 1946, making him one of the oldest baby boomers. He died at his home in Sag Habor, New York, on September 1, 2023 at the age of 76. Ask any of his millions of adoring fans, and they would say Jimmy Buffett died way too soon. Jimmy Buffett Tribute: His Early Career Mr. Buffett was not an overnight success. He was a little-known singer songwriter for many years. His first album, released on a small record label in 1970, sold only 324 copies. But many of his early compositions were heartfelt songs that revealed Buffett's talent for story telling. He wrote ballads that Bob Dylan praised, calling Buffett one of his favorite songwriters. In 1974, Jimmy Buffett got his first success on popular radio with Come Monday. It wasn't a massive radio hit; it peaked at #30 on the Billboard charts. But it gave Buffett his first taste of success. Jimmy Buffett later said that Come Monday changed his life, and it gave him the confidence to keep singing and keep writing. Three years later, a song about a man who has wasted an entire summer in a beach town changed his life forever. Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville In the summer of 1977, Jimmy Buffett's song called Margaritaville became a huge radio hit and made Jimmy Buffett famous. Let's face it, Margaritaville is a delightful earworm that's fun to sing. It quickly became an anthem for the "beach bum lifestyle," and it made Jimmy Buffett the patron saint of Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip flops, and partying at the beach. Sadly, Margaritaville was Jimmy Buffett's only Top 10 single. But over the years, Jimmy Buffett added plenty of other fun songs to his playlist-- including Fins, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Volcano, and many more. His concerts became massive parties that filled large stadiums. His avid fans in flamboyant party costumes were dubbed "parrotheads" by Timothy B. Schmidt, the former bass player for the Eagles who had joined Jimmy's Coral Reefer Band in the 1980s. By that time, Jimmy Buffett the businessman was turning Margaritaville into an endearing the symbol of the Buffett lifestyle brand that grew to include restaurants, hotels, merchandise, and much more. Let's just say that Jimmy Buffett, that man with the killer smile and beach bum persona, died a very, very rich man. The Jimmy B. Legacy The outpouring of love and support for Jimmy Buffett immediately after his death shows that his legacy will continue. Listen to the Jimmy Buffett Tribute episode of the Camp Codger podcast to learn more about Mr. Margaritaville and his legacy. No matter what, Jimmy will continue to live in our hearts, and his music will still be the soundtrack of our summers. Connect with Us Would you like to know when the co-hosts of Camp Codger get together to talk about a new topic? Subscribe to our weekly Camp Codger newsletter to receive an email notific