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Episode 35 | Harness the Power of Plants for Your Program

Episode 35 | Harness the Power of Plants for Your Program

March 31, 2021

ACA's Professional Development Manager of the Western Region, John Beitner sits down with two experts in horticulture!  Join the conversation about the importance and value of connecting young people to the power of plants and the rewards of growing them as a key aspect of youth development.  Featuring Susan Yoder of Seed Your Future and Alex Yost of Farm Camp.

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

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-Guitar transition by kvgarlic (https://freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/sounds/149417/)

-Guitar outro by joshuaempyre (https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/) (changes made)

Episode 34 | Talking With Campers About Racism

Episode 34 | Talking With Campers About Racism

February 26, 2021

ACA's Professional Development Manager of the Western Region, John Beitner sits down with Hameeda Abdul Kadir, Raegan Quattlebaum and Ronald Towns to discuss how their camps have made diversity and inclusion the cornerstone of their programs and how they discuss racism and oppression on a regular basis with their campers.  They share impactful strategies and activities to help camps integrate this type of programming and improve practices around communication, anti-racism training and belongingness. Special thanks to the wonderful sponsors of this episode: ACTIVEWorksCampBrain and UltraCamp.

Guest Panel:

Hameeda Abdul Kadir 

Outreach & Engagement Coordinator - Building Bridges

Raegan Quattlebaum

Transform Program Manager - Building Bridges

Ronald Towns

Executive Director - Camp Common Ground

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All music attributed to artists from freesound.org:

-Guitar intro by eltenjohn (https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/) (changes made)

-Guitar transition by kvgarlic (https://freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/sounds/149417/)

-Guitar outro by joshuaempyre (https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/) (changes made)

 

Episode 33 | Cultural Appropriation at Camp: We Need to Stop Doing Harm

Episode 33 | Cultural Appropriation at Camp: We Need to Stop Doing Harm

January 29, 2021

This episode will not give you answers, but we hope that the questions we ask ourselves are thought provoking and valuable for the culture of your camp. ACA's Professional Development Manager of the Western Region, John Beitner sits down for an honest conversation between Camp Winnarainbow Director, Yatiel Owens and Tumbleweed Day Camp Owner/Director, Liz Kimmelman.  Together, we talk about the roles of our camp communities in recognizing cultural appropriation with staff and campers. Unacknowledged cultural appropriation continues to cause harm and acts as an inclusivity barrier for everyone.

We are thrilled and thankful to have 3 sponsors for this episode.  Our huge thanks to ACTIVEWorks, CampBrain and UltraCamp.  Your support fuels our podcast and your services make the camp industry a better place.

 

All music attributed to artists from freesound.org:

-Guitar intro by eltenjohn (https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/) (changes made)

-Guitar transition by kvgarlic (https://freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/sounds/149417/)

-Guitar outro by joshuaempyre (https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/) (changes made)

Episode 32 | Hiring for Diversity

Episode 32 | Hiring for Diversity

December 21, 2020

CampWire is pleased to bring you a conversation on hiring for diversity full of value for camps and youth-serving organizations. Our expert panel covers topics around how camps can identify their diversity needs; how they can benefit from a diverse staff; how to address diversity, equity, and inclusion during staff training; and much more! As we approach a new year, we hope this episode offers rich perspective during the camp staff recruitment and hiring process. Special thanks to our wonderful panel:

Host

Michael Johnson chair for the ACA, Great Rivers Field Office and member of the Staff Retention and Recruitment Committee

Panel

Susana Cruz activities director for Midwest Children's Burn Camp and Camp Monarch and founder of Chicana in Nature

Douglas Sutherland executive director of Brantwood Camp and an organizer of Black Lives Matter at Camp

Dr. Nika White  president and CEO of Nika White Consulting for strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion training

 

All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:

Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/

Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

Episode 31 | Fall Camp for Virtual Learning & Looking Ahead to Summer 2021

Episode 31 | Fall Camp for Virtual Learning & Looking Ahead to Summer 2021

November 20, 2020

On this episode of CampWire, we are joined by Liz Kimmelman of Tumbleweed Day Camp in Los Angeles, CA and Andy Shlensky from North Star Camp for Boys in Hayward, WI.  We talk about how their camps safely served student communities as kids returned to their school programming in online formats amid the pandemic.  We also discuss how the Field Guide and lessons learned from summer 2020 will help camps offer more life-changing, in-person experiences as we look ahead to summer 2021.  

Special thanks to our sponsor, camp management software - CampBrain!

All music attributed to artists from freesound.org:

-Guitar intro by eltenjohn (https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/) (changes made)

-Guitar transition by kvgarlic (https://freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/sounds/149417/)

-Guitar outro by joshuaempyre (https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/) (changes made)

 

Episode 30 | Stephen Gray Wallace & Youth Mental Health

Episode 30 | Stephen Gray Wallace & Youth Mental Health

September 14, 2020

On this bonus edition of CampWire - we sit down with school psychologist, adolescent and family counselor, SADD Chairman and CEO, camp director, researcher, motivational speaker, and college professor - Stephen Gray Wallace!  During this archived conversation we cover how Stephen got involved in the world of camp, his outlook on "relational vs. transactional counseling" and the critical need for mentoring and youth mental health professionals in camps and other organizations.

Stephen currently serves as president and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), a national collaborative of institutions and organizations committed to increasing favorable youth outcomes and decreasing negative risk behaviors.

Check out Stephen's new book, IMPACT – An Introduction to Counseling, Mentoring, and Youth Development.

 

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Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Rave Sports!

All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:

Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/

Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

Episode 29 | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussion

Episode 29 | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussion

August 31, 2020

On this episode of CampWire - Kymberly Miller facilitates a frank and candid discussion between three African American women that have created highly impactful youth development organizations. This compelling conversation covers information about the individual programs they’ve founded and what it takes to lead their organizations.  The group explores perspectives and opinions on the reality of white privilege and challenges to expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion.  They tackle leadership, fundraising and provide a message of support and solidarity for BIPOC camp professionals.

Expert Panel:

Facilitator - Kymberly Miller, Executive Director of Children’s Fairyland - Oakland’s Story Book Theme Park

Guest - Sprinavasa Brown ,Co-Founder and Executive Director of  Camp ELSO - Experience Life Science Outdoors

Guest - Kelly Carlisle, Executive Director Acta Non Verba - Youth Urban Farm Project 

Guest - Tiffany McDuffie, Owner and Executive Director of Purposeful Play 

 

All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:

Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/

Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

Episode 28 | Mental, Emotional & Social Health during a COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. G

Episode 28 | Mental, Emotional & Social Health during a COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. G

June 8, 2020

On this episode of CampWire - Board certified attending family physician and resilience expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Dr. G” joins John Beitner to speak to the importance of maintaining mental, emotional and social health (MESH) as a top priority at summer camp – even during a COVID-19 pandemic.

Please "like" and subscribe.  As always, feel free to leave a comment on what you would like to see next!

 

All music attributed to musicians from freesound.org:

Intro music: by eltenjohn -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/eltenjohn/sounds/59507/

Outro music: by joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

Episode 27 | Camps on Campus

Episode 27 | Camps on Campus

March 2, 2020

ACA's Camps on Campus Coordinator- Tim Huchton joins Youth Protection Program Directors LeeKeshia Williams from University of Austin Texas and Nate Freidman from University of Utah. 

This group of leaders speak on the rise of accreditation needs on college campuses and the importance of protecting minors in those environments.  Special thanks to this episode's sponsor, CampDoc!

All music attributed to freesound.org

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Outro music by: Joshuaempyre (https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/) (edited)

Episode 26 | Leading Voice in Youth Education & Development with Dr. Laurie Browne

Episode 26 | Leading Voice in Youth Education & Development with Dr. Laurie Browne

January 27, 2020

We are delighted to sit down with ACA's Director of Research, Dr. Laurie Browne to break down what it means to be a "Leading Voice for Camp in Youth Education and Development".  We provide research updates and look to the future of the camp industry.  Catch Dr. Browne at the Research Forum during ACA's National Conference (February 11-14) in San Diego, CA. 

Want to learn more about ACA's research initiatives?  Check out our Research Page on our website.

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Outro music by: joshuaempyre -(Changes made) https://freesound.org/people/joshuaempyre/sounds/250749/

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