The Summer Camp Society Podcast

The Summer Camp Society

Welcome to The Summer Camp Society Podcast! Hosted by Jack Schott, Allison Krabill, and EmJ Juszczyk, this is the ultimate playground for current and aspiring camp professionals. With superstar guests, we dive into a blend of whimsical "what-ifs" and real-world advice and explore the far corners of summer camp possibilities. 🏕

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Flexible Staff Hiring
Mar 26 2024
Flexible Staff Hiring
What if you didn't have to work the whole summer at camp? What if your staff could commit to the summer because they knew they'd get time off to squeeze in that family vacation, musical festival, reunion, etc. this summer?On this episode Allison hosts a panel of camp pros made up of Carolyn Harari, Kyndra Luce and Cole Abdullah. All of their camps have one major staffing element in common: they don't make staff commit to the whole summer. The group covers how the manage to do this, why they know it works, and of course the challenges that come with it.If you're looking for a successful twist in hiring, this pod is for you. Producer EmJ's Takeaways:I like the idea of weekend hoppers or people who can come in to do short bursts to relieve long-term staff. I would like to get paid to help campers pack or help with check-out.Recently I've been on a big kick with the quote, "if you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness" and I think this applies. If you do not make time for your breaks, you will be forced to take the breaks. Having built-in extended time-off could do wonders for staff.Hearing about the concerns with staff training makes me think more about how to do online, pre-camp trainings for staff, especially if its the mandatory things. It could help them learn the policies and procedures in a space and in a time where they may learn best.  Keep up to date with The Summer Camp Society. Join the membership to stay connected with fellow camp professionals and see what's new on Instagram. Listen on Spotify | Apple Music
Helping Staff Digitally Detox with Jack & EmJ
Feb 20 2024
Helping Staff Digitally Detox with Jack & EmJ
Listen on Spotify | Apple MusicWith the average American spending over 7 hours of their day looking at screens, we've got some work to do to make staff feel ready to reduce that phone time. On this episode, the Jack and EmJ dig deep into how to prepare your staff to decrease their screen time before camp starts; a digital detox if you will. They ponder what plans could look like to get your staff ready, and why its important to be more honest about what little phone time they do have during the summer. (Editor's note: we know EmJ is a back-channeler, and we still love her.If you're looking for a real chat about staff having phones this summer, this is the pod for you.Producer EmJ's Takeaways:Be transparent with your staff and tell them upfront about your tech policies.Call a loved one before you hit the summer busyness. Phones aren't going anywhere, find 1 or 2 ways you can compliment them into your staff trainings. Try using Mentimeter as a way to engage staff through appropriate phone usage. Want to talk more about phones?"What would happen if you just called Taylor EmJ & Jack up?" EmJ and Jack are pretty active in the Members Only Slack. With over a dozen dedicated channels, you get what you need from over 200 camp professionals. Want to strategize? There's a channel for that. Want the latest on research related to camp? There's a channel for that.  Keep up to date with The Summer Camp Society. Join the membership to stay connected with fellow camp professionals and see what's new on Instagram. Listen on Spotify | Apple Music
Proactive MESH Strategies
Dec 12 2023
Proactive MESH Strategies
On this episode, Allison is joined by Mariel Sass, Murph Hammer, and Brian Massey to discuss the role of summer camps in addressing mental health issues among teen campers and staff. With emotional and social health (MESH) becoming an increasingly prominent issue, this group is sharing what they're doing about it with their various professional backgrounds. Brian and Mariel talk about implementing Mariel's specific role at their camp to provide mental/emotional support and train other staff in handling difficulties. They emphasize the importance of building strong relationships with campers, creating supportive environments for them while allowing staff to focus on their responsibilities, and proactive outreach to families before campers arrive. If you're looking to learn more about proactive approaches to camper MESH care, this is the pod for you.Producer EmJ's Takeaways:Train your frontline staff how to respond to mental health wounds like they would physical wounds. Parent and care-giver self-reporting is only so reliable but its a good investment and chance for them to share about a common interest: their child's wellbeing.Working with the staff and campers about mental health isn’t a “thing”, its a person.Show Notes:New York Times Opinion article, "This Is Not the Way to Help Depressed Teenagers"Stoplight Scheduling Keep up to date with The Summer Camp Society. Join the membership to stay connected with fellow camp professionals and see what's new on Instagram. Listen on Spotify | Apple Music
Travis Allison on Overcoming Family Communication Fatigue
Dec 5 2023
Travis Allison on Overcoming Family Communication Fatigue
TLDR: This episode is with Jack Schott and Travis Allison talking about how redundant communication with parents and caretakers can lead to burnout. They share tools to combat that. Thank goodness this isn't another email! On this episode Jack is talking with Travis Allison, the Co-Founder and Marketing Consultant of Go Camp Pro podcasts. They dive into the burnout that is pushing people to leave the industry, the craving for connection but lacking the energy, and why maybe its communication and reinventing the wheel that is driving people to burnout faster and faster. (You know, when you're sending the same sentence over and over to families via email.)Travis and Jack cover a variety of topics ranging from The West Wing to camp people and their fear of "business-y things". Get ready for part one of two, then go check out Jack and EmJ on their cross over episode of the CampHacker Pod, "Preparing For a Massive Demographic Change at Camp"!If you're looking for a deeper dive into communication and practical tools to make it easier, this is the pod for you.Producer EmJ's Takeaways:Create a "copy and paste" system for your reoccurring camp communication responses!A sense of trust can be built through a system of emails from your staff within the first 30 days of a camper registering. If camps are built upon the foundation of connection, shouldn't that be seen in your communication too?Go beyond email for communication. Send videos and texts, remember you're teaching people how to be successful at your camp.  Keep up to date with The Summer Camp Society. Join the membership to stay connected with fellow camp professionals and see what's new on Instagram. Listen on Spotify | Apple Music