The Future of Summer Camp - with Stacy Simpson - CampHacker #122

The CampHacker Podcast

Feb 6 2020 • 1 hr 10 mins

What you should be thinking about to ensure your summer camp stands the test of time.

If you’re reading this on release in February, then you know that time is running short on your time to do some of the deep philosophical work that can only happen when summer isn’t on the horizon. This episode is for when you have the brain-space, or, maybe it’s for when you need to not think about this coming summer for a second.

(You’re an adult, we’re not going to tell you how to live your life!)

Getting into the mindset of planning for the future is something that isn’t easy, but is absolutely necessary for ensuring the success of our camps beyond just the coming summer. We all have budgets to meet, and of course, things come up, but without a plan and the right mindset, you may be finding yourself wasting the time and money putting out short-term fires rather than fire-proofing (sorry, Joe, that wasn’t an intentional fire-order joke!).

To help Gab, Travis, Joe and Dan navigate this deep topic, we welcome Stacy Simpson, camp, org and Girl Guide consultant. and Go Camp Pro Masterclass instructor to the panel. We’re grateful for Stacy’s additions to the conversation as we discuss the philosophies and best practices when it comes to planning for your camp to be successful in the long-term.

What is one way that you intentionally plan for the future at your camp? Let us know in the comments!

Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director

Travis: WIBYT - Write it Before You Talk ~ Michael Brandwein

Travis 2: The Imagineering Story - Disney+

Joe: Dolly Parton’s America - Podcast - In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why?
Joe 2: uBlacklist Chrome Extension - Blocks specific sites from appearing in Google search results

Gabz: Wicked Cool Travel Mug: Kinto

Dan: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, (Cliff notes of the 10 rules)

Stacie: New Research from GSRI (Girl Scout Research Institute): Today’s Girls. Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs. []

Other things mentioned this show:

Joe would like to remind people of -

Cardboard beds at Toyko Olympics-

A Pattern Language Book -

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