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Episode 21 | Great Camp Singing Experiences and Song Leading

Episode 21 | Great Camp Singing Experiences and Song Leading

August 5, 2019

What makes for great singing experiences and song leading at summer camp? ACA's John Beitner talks with Jacki Breger and Larry Hall about the transformational power singing has at camp.

Episode 20 | Midsummer Safety Training for Staff

Episode 20 | Midsummer Safety Training for Staff

July 15, 2019

In the 20th episode of CampWire, ACA talks with Ian Garner of Markel Insurance and Katie Johnson of The Redwoods Group about midsummer safety training for staff as well as other issues insurance providers are seeing at camps.

Markel Insurance is the mission partner of the American Camp Association. The Redwoods Group is partnering with with ACA on our research efforts, including the 5-year impact study.

Episode 19 | Empatico - Connecting Camps Around the World

Episode 19 | Empatico - Connecting Camps Around the World

June 3, 2019

George Khalaf is the executive director of Empatico - a new business partner of the American Camp Association. In this episode, listen to George talk about Empatico's vision and how they can help camps connect their campers with kids around the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy.

Learn more about ACA's partnership with Empatico.

Episode 18.5 | Hiking Across the Country for Camp

Episode 18.5 | Hiking Across the Country for Camp

May 13, 2019

In this special, short episode of CampWire, Sam talked with Meghan Colon who is thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money for ACA's Send a Child to Camp fund. She believes in the power of camp and wants to help others experience what she's experienced.

Donate to Meghan's journey!

Episode 18 | Inclusion at Camp

Episode 18 | Inclusion at Camp

April 29, 2019

Listen to this incredibly informative and useful discussion about inclusion at camp with Niambi Jaha-Echols, Chad Nico Hiu, and Roberto Gil Jr. These three guests give tips on how to introduce inclusion into camp culture, and how to fuse it into staff training.

Don't forget, you can stream all episodes of CampWire on Spotify!

 

Episode 17 | Why It Matters — A Research Update

Episode 17 | Why It Matters — A Research Update

March 25, 2019

Listen to ACA's Director of Research update us on where we are with the 5-year Impact Study, and she discusses why this matters for the camp community.

Check out the study!

This episode is sponsored by The Redwoods Group.

Episode 16 | A Day at National Conference

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

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

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

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.