Episode 16 | A Day at National Conference

February 20, 2019

CampWire host Sam Hirt brings you with him for an entire day at National Conference. He pops into educational sessions, the keynote, and interviews conference attendees.

Follow conference updates at #ACANat19

Episode 15 | Meet the 2019 Eells Program Award Winners

January 28, 2019

In the fifteenth episode of CampWire, meet the five winners of the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence. These camps will be honored at ACA's National Conference next month in Nashville. Learn more about ACA Awards.

Episode 14 | ACA & Technology with Tom Schenk

November 26, 2018

Tom Schenk has been Director of Technology at ACA for almost 25 years. On this episode, Sam spoke with him about the ways in which technology has changed in his time at ACA, and about some of the tech resources that ACA offers camp professionals and parents.

Episode 13 | All Things Accreditation + Interview with a Longtime Volunteer

October 29, 2018

In the 13th episode of CampWire, Sam spoke with ACA's Director of Accreditation Rhonda Mickelson about the recent update to ACA's standards program.

Sam also had the help of another colleague, Western Region Director Michele Branconier, who interviewed longtime visitor and ACA volunteer, Cindy Moore.

This episode is sponsored by Air O Sport.

Episode 12 | Introducing New COO Henry DeHart + Camp Moves Me 2018

October 1, 2018

In the twelfth episode of CampWire, Sam interviews Paul Sheridan from Four Winds, Westward Ho! about #CampMovesMe. Learn more about the month-long fundraising campaign on the ACA website.

Sam also spoke with ACA's new Chief Operating Officer, Henry DeHart, about his background and what he looks forward to in his new role.

Episode 11 | Camp Debrief with Dan Reynolds, Brian Straka, and Shanelle Rauh

August 27, 2018

In the 11th episode of CampWire, Sam talks with Dan Reynolds from Camp Y Noah and Akron Rotary Camp in Ohio, Shanelle Rauh from Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp in Tennessee, and Brian Straka from AstroCamp in California about what went well this summer, what didn't, and more!


Episode 3 Repost | Marketing and Media at Camp with Mike Lang

June 22, 2018

The podcast has gained many listeners in 2018. We have decided to repost an episode from May of 2017 on marketing and media for those who may have missed this great conversation.


This repost is sponsored by Grasshopper Mowers.

Episode 10 | Staff Training with Michael Brandwein

May 21, 2018

The ACA professional development team interviews Michael Brandwein for the 10th episode of CampWire. Get some great staff training tips as the summer season begins.


This is episode is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Sunscreen and CampStaff.com 


For more info on Michael, visit his website or email him at mail@michaelbrandwein.com !

Episode 9 | Camp Resarch with Laurie Browne and Jim Sibthorp

April 23, 2018

In the ninth episode of CampWire, ACA's director of research Laurie Browne talks with another researcher, and longtime camp friend, Jim Sibthorp about ACA's 5-year research study.


This episode is sponsored by The Redwoods Group.

Episode 8 The Importance of Working at Camp with Kim Aycock and Deb Jordan

April 2, 2018

In the eighth episode of ACA's podcast, CampWire, Deb Jordan and Kim Aycock discuss why it is important to work at a camp, and some of the things camps are doing successfully to recruit and keep staff.


Project Real Job downloadable handouts


This episode is sponsored by Chuck E. Cheese's.