Being Your Best Self

Becoming a better director so more kids can come to a better camp


You aren’t alone and a little help would be nice. You don’t have to struggle for a few years just to get your feet under you as a camp professional.

We can speed up that process.

The Summer Camp Society is designed to take you from unsure to locked-in. We will wrestle with big ideas and hot topics, dig into actionable tips and tricks, and guide you through real life projects that will make your camp better.

You will leave more confident and more skilled with a community of real friends taking on the world together-one camp at a time.




The Summer Camp Society is a learning cooperative designed and facilitated by Sarah Kurtz McKinnon and Jack Schott. We empower emerging leaders to give all kids the best possible camp experience.



This program is for new-ish and future camp pros with the passion to make a change. It is for you if you are looking for support getting from “I’m not sure” to “Hell ya! I got this.”



You will get hands-on support and weekly projects and discussion. The Summer Camp Society is equal parts community-driven and content-focused. The goal isn’t to survive but to thrive in your summer camp career.


TSCS Fall Semester

Go from good to great. Build a network, understanding what else is out there (note: it's not aliens). Three months, weekly meetings, projects, an in-person retreat, plus friends and lessons for life. Designed for emerging professional camp leaders.

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TSCS Seasonal Leadership

Getting your leadership team ready in the spring can be hard, but doesn't need to be. Let's hit the ground running. One month, weekly meetings, projects, ideas, and skills to make this summer the best one yet. Designed for seasonal managers/leaders


Great Camps Have Great Leaders

Programs for Year-Round and Seasonal Leaders


"As someone who got a camp job coming from another industry, when I first started, I was really struggling to find a solid network of people for support and resources. The Summer Camp Society absolutely filled that void for me-and I think for the whole camp industry."

- Hannah Weiner, Assistant Director for Camper Development,
Fleur de Lis Camp (New Hampshire)

More Testimonials



Supportive, knowledgeable, and really hecking fun.


Sarah Kurtz Mckinnon

MBA thinking, years of directing, hilarious, focused, fun, driven.


Jack Schott

Design thinking, big ideas, off-topic, playful, instigator.