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18: Community Wide Games & Competitions

Curt and Patti chat about all the BIG games and competitions you can run in your community. They're not only great community builders but can also work as excellent fundraisers!

Duration: 00:59:17

17: Hiring International Camp Staff with Mike Fried of CCUSA

Do you hire international staff for your summer camp or are you thinking about it? Patti and Curt speak with Mike Fried of Camp Counselors USA about the benefits of hiring international staff.

Duration: 00:46:37

16: Goal Setting with Patti Sampson

Patti takes us through her goal setting workshop that she does with her staff and gives us a bunch of extra productivity tips and tricks to take into the new year.

Duration: 00:53:44

15: End of Year Review (Part 2)

In Part Two of this special holiday edition of the podcast, Curt and Patti take discuss what they are excited about in 2018 and make some camp predictions.

Duration: 00:30:34

15: End of Year Review (Part 1)

In Part One of this special holiday edition of the podcast, Curt and Patti take some time to reflect on their personal highlights of 2017.

Duration: 00:49:27

14: A Conversation About the Future of Amazing Parks and Recreation Facilities with Becky Dunlap

Innovation, collaboration, and thoughtful leadership in parks & recreation are things that Becky Dunlap is passionate about, and we get to chat with her about that in this week's episode.

Duration: 00:44:28

Starting Over as New Management with Barb Weeden

Patti and Curt speak with Barb Weeden about some of the challenges of walking into a new leadership role at a new camp AND we find out why Jedis can be lazy!

Duration: 00:43:49

12: Parent/Child Community Events

Patti and Curt go beyond the father/daughter dance and share a bunch of ideas for unique parent/child community events. Wait until you hear Patti's mother/son event idea called "Doggies and Diamonds".

Duration: 00:41:50

11: Supervising Millennials with Lanet Hane

Our hosts chat with millennial master (literally, she has her M.A. in youth development with a focus on millennial audiences), Lanet Hane about her work with companies and camps in supporting the millennial workforce and bridging the gap between generations through her business, Workforce Satisfaction Solutions (WSS). And she offers some five star advice, folks!

Duration: 00:54:05

10: Recreation Programs for Middle School Kids

Curt and Patti talk about ideas for engaging middles school teens in your recreation program, and they share personal (and embarrassing) stories from their middle school days.

Duration: 00:54:19

9: Using Technology at Summer Camp

Technology at camp has been a bit of a hot button issue within the camping industry over the last few years. Patti and Curt discuss the two camps people usually fall in, and some ways to make technology work for and in your programs, and their disdain for 3 hour lineups to register for a recreation program.

Duration: 00:56:01

8: Recreation Programs for PD Days and Other School Holidays

Patti and Curt suggest a bunch of activities you can do with kids, whether you’re in the snow or the sun, and reinforce the notion that growing up in Southern California versus the East Coast of Canada make for two VERY different sets of expectations when it comes to winter activities. They also share a lot of stories, unrelated to the topic, but totally on brand!

Duration: 00:52:59

7: Getting to Know Ali Stoffels of

Curt and Patti speak with recreational gymnastic powerhouse Ali Stoffels about her role in creating programs and resources to help her industry grow, and how to apply that to other recreational sports.

Duration: 00:47:10

6: Adult Camps

Curt and Patti talk about the surprising rise in adult summer camps and the various options available.

Duration: 00:45:02

3: Celebrating Odd Holidays

Curt and Patti get creative and come up with some silly and spectacular ways to celebrate odd holidays with your community recreation group.

Duration: 00:50:23

4: Roxy Peterson on Art Programs at Camp

The talented Mr. Roxy Peterson talks to Patti and Curt about his passion for weaving art and camp together to teach campers about sharing culture, building community, and understanding the world.

Duration: 00:43:36

3: Halloween Event Ideas

Halloween season is upon us and Curt and Patti share some of their ideas for ways to celebrate in your community, from haunted houses to trunk or treat and a whole lot in between. They give some ideas for getting teenagers involved including an outdoor movie night, and some tips on creating an inclusive program for people with disabilities.

Duration: 00:48:44

2: Running Camp No Limits in Multiple States with Melanie Dash

We talk with Melanie Dash, program director of Camp No Limits about the logistics of running a camp for campers with limb loss and their families in multiple states. We also talk about Dr. Pepper and Long Island Iced Tea.

Duration: 00:38:38

1: Wrapping Up Camp and Ramping Up in Recreation

In this debut episode we talk about things camp pros should do after camp as a wrap up of the summer and things recreation pros should do as they ramp up their school year programs. We also talk about who would make better camp counselors (Luke vs Rey and Batman vs Superman).

Duration: 00:44:22