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The stories, lessons, and magic of summer camp change campers (and staff) for the better every year. Speaking with people who spend their lives planning for and running summer camps around the country, the Campfire Conversation podcast will give parents, teachers, coaches and mentors a unique perspective on raising, teaching and leading children. Pull up a log, get your marshmallows ready, and let’s chat!

The stories, lessons, and magic of summer camp change campers (and staff) for the better every year. Speaking with people who spend their lives planning for and running summer camps around the country, the Campfire Conversation podcast will give parents, teachers, coaches and mentors a unique perspective on raising, teaching and leading children. Pull up a log, get your marshmallows ready, and let’s chat!
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The stories, lessons, and magic of summer camp change campers (and staff) for the better every year. Speaking with people who spend their lives planning for and running summer camps around the country, the Campfire Conversation podcast will give parents, teachers, coaches and mentors a unique perspective on raising, teaching and leading children. Pull up a log, get your marshmallows ready, and let’s chat!

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English


Episodes

Episode 21 - Final Campfire

6/7/2019
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It’s a been a great ‘first summer’ for the Campfire Conversation podcast. Today, we get Scrappy out from the production booth and in front of the mic. We spend some time talking about what surprised us and what we’ve learned over the past 21 (!!!) episodes. And, you’ll get some ideas on what Summer #2 has in store for listeners starting in September. Enjoy!

Duration:00:22:45

Episode 20 - Preparing Your Camper for Camp

5/31/2019
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This may be the most practical and applicable Campfire Conversation yet: expert advice on how to prepare your child (and yourself!) for summer camp. Jill Tipograph and Jake Schwartzwald of EverythingSummer join me around the campfire and discuss ideas on how to partner with your camp to make this a summer to remember for all involved.

Duration:00:44:24

Episode 19 - Confessions of Summer Camp Junkies

5/24/2019
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Sammy Moskowitz and Julia Lindon, Happy Campers Podcast Description: If you are a parent listening to these podcasts, you probably wonder what the camp experience will do for your child down the road. Today’s campfire guests, Sammy and Julia, will be happy to show and tell you! Hosts of the beloved Happy Campers Podcast, Sammy and Julia shed some light on how the experience of summer camp has impacted their lives in the past, present and into the future. Enjoy!

Duration:00:28:49

Episode 18 - Playing with Fire: Coed Summer Camp

5/17/2019
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We’ve spent the last two weeks talking about girls and boys through the experience of ‘single sex’ camp directors. Today, we’ll talk about mixing the two! Carolyn and Jed Dorfman, directors of Camp Walt Whitman, know what they are talking about from both a parenting and a camp perspective and offer a wonderful perspective on girls and boys learning, living, and laughing together.

Duration:00:38:40

Episode 17 - Boys Becoming Their Best Selves

5/10/2019
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There seems to be a lot of mixed messaging in regards to boys these days. Some are thriving: working hard, being creative, and enjoying the benefits. Many more, though, are struggling to find themselves and their purpose in the world. Josh Holland someone who can help lead boys and young men through the challenges of life into a thriving adulthood. Thankfully, he’s offered to share many of his insights and ideas around the campfire.

Duration:00:37:58

Episode 16 - Girls Becoming Their Best Selves

5/4/2019
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Ginger Clare knows how to work with and inspire girls and women of all ages. Along with her husband, Steve, Ginger directs Camp Kippewa, an all-girls camp in Maine that focuses on celebrating the individual within the community of camp. If you want some ideas on how to raise strong, courageous women, you’d be hard pressed to find someone more thoughtful and knowledgeable than Ginger. Enjoy!

Duration:00:36:09

Episode 15 - Happy Campers – Summer Camp Secrets for Parents

4/26/2019
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Working with thousands of campers and families, you start to pick up a few ideas that lead to successful, thriving people. Audrey Monke, the director of Gold Arrow Camp and brains behind Sunshine Parenting, has done more than just collect the good ideas. She’s made them available to everyone in her new book, Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults.

Duration:00:36:31

Episode 14 - The Art of Building Friendships

4/19/2019
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What is better than a true friend? As parents, we want our children to have this luxury. But isn't it more important that our children learn how to make friends? That is something camp people think about all the time: teaching the art of building friendships. In this camfire conversation, Sam Borek, the owner / director of Woodmont Day Camp in New York, shares a lot of great ideas and stories we can use to teach "building friendships" to our kids back home.

Duration:00:35:59

Episode 13 - Screen Addicted Kids: What Parents & Camps Can Do

4/12/2019
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Yes, technology has led to incredible advancements for us all. And yet it has also led to major problems for many of our children. Michael Jacobus, the executive director of Reset Summer Camp and parent of a screen-addicted child, joins us around the campfire to talk about the challenges of technology and strategies on helping our kids.

Duration:00:37:48

Episode 12 - Grateful Kids, Happy Adults

4/5/2019
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Cicero describes gratitude as the mother of all virtues. Recent research has born this out. We know that practicing gratitude lowers stress levels, increases connection and empathy, and boosts our immune system. The question is how do we instill the practice of gratitude into our kids (and ourselves!)? Dana Stassen and Kate Kelly, who have been leading a community focused on gratitude for a decade, join me to discuss what they’ve learned about instilling the practice of gratitude.

Duration:00:38:33

Episode 11 - Confident, Creative Kids with Andy Pritikin

3/29/2019
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We all want to raise our children to be confident adults. That requires we help them learn from their failures, provide great role models, strengthen their creativity ‘muscles’, and develop their critical thinking. Andy Pritikin, owner and director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown, NJ, sits around the campfire with me to talk about all of these ideas and more. (There are a lot of great book suggestions in our show notes!)

Duration:00:34:41

Episode 10 - Inclusion Makes Us Better

3/22/2019
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Camp Southern Ground, the passion project of Zac Brown, lead of the Zac Brown Band, is a revelation. Started from the ground a few years ago about 30 minutes south of Atlanta, Camp Southern Ground is creating a model of inclusion that will, I predict, change the nature of summer camp in the US. Camp Director Scott Hicock spends a few minutes around the campfire talking about how inclusion makes our homes, classrooms and summer camps better for everyone.

Duration:00:46:14

Episode 9 - Giving the Gift of Camp

3/15/2019
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Summer camp is a gift that keeps giving. We’ve heard from experienced researchers and professionals about how camp helps to create lifelong skills, reduces anxiety, and fosters important connections. Today, we get to learn how we can support more kids to enjoy this life-altering gift. Molly Gallagher, executive director of SCOPE (www.scopeusa.org), joins us around the campfire to share the stories and lessons of her camp experience and ways which we can help others enjoy the same.

Duration:00:35:46

Episode 8 - Camp Helps Parents Become....

3/10/2019
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Yes, yes, camp is incredible for our campers, just as Dr. Laurie Browne explained in last week’s Campfire Conversation. But did you know that camp is just as important and useful for parents? It’s true! Susie Lupert, the head of the ACA New York New Jersey office works with 500+ camp directors and thousands of parents each year. Even more, she’s a new ‘camp parent’ herself! Susie gives us great insight into how camp helps parents become….

Duration:00:36:00

Episode 7 - Summer Camp Helps Kids Become.....

3/1/2019
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As a camp director, I’ve always believed the summer camp experience to be impactful for our campers and staff members. A wide-ranging conversation with the insightful Dr. Laurie Browne, the American Camp Association’s Head of Research, drives home just how transformative summer camp can be for young people. The distinct and transferable skills gained at camp are unique, powerful, and lasting. Even more, they are outcomes that we can keep going back home!

Duration:00:39:49

Episode 6 - The Perfect Internship with Kim Aycock

2/22/2019
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If there was a human jack-knife of summer camp professionals, Kim Aycock would be it! We spend a few moments around the Campfire talking about Gen Z and how summer camp helps prepare them for the world. Employers are scrambling for people with top soft skills – creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, empathy, and more. Summer camp may be the best place in the world for Gen Z to develop these soft skills. And, by being a part of the best ‘soft skills internship’ going, they’ll become...

Duration:00:32:29

Episode 5 - Anti-Fragile Kids with Steve Baskin

2/15/2019
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We all want our children prepared for the challenges life will present. Summer camp provides a unique environment in which kids create narratives that can lead to an anti-fragile approach to living.

Duration:00:43:23

Episode 4 - Anxious About Anxiety with Bob Ditter

2/8/2019
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Around the campfire, Bob and I talk about something we see a lot in our society: the rise of anxiety in our children, young people, and adults. Did you know that 25% of 13 to 18-year-olds have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in the US? And, it’s not just affecting middle schoolers. One out of every eight college student have reported elevated levels of anxiety.

Duration:00:36:56

Episode 3 - Raising Kids the Summer Camp Way

2/1/2019
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Raising great kids takes intention, patient, and courage. Roz and Jed Buck, the former owners and directors of one of the country’s great day camps, speak with me about what they learned about raising great kids while running day camp, lawnmower parents, letting our kids fail, and so much more. I hope you enjoy tonight’s Campfire Conversation.

Duration:00:34:25

Episode 2 - Planning Spontaneity with Jeff Leiken

1/23/2019
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Today, we are speaking with Jeff Leiken, an internationally recognized expert in the field of helping teens. He is one of the top thought-leaders in the summer camp world. We talk about all the good things that summer camp can draw out of kids (and staff) and how we can help create similar outcomes in our lives back home.

Duration:00:37:44