Bring A Bucket: Choice at Camp

Bring A Bucket: Choice at Camp

Season 2, Episode 12






Would you want Elsa's powers given the chance? Given the choice?

Host EmJ Juszczyk is joined by Sami Eron, Dave Leveille, and Caitlin Carroll to talk choices at camp! This crew is all cooped up in the recording studio to give ways you can integrate choice into your camps and programs.

Dave shares how choice is created at his camp and their "beehive" and Sami learns ideas she could bring to her camps, even though they run for one week at each site. They dive into what happens when you have 7 year olds play gaga ball with 17 year olds, and why buckets are on EmJ's shopping list. Before EmJ heads out, special guests Maeve and Mike join the podcast to talk Elsa, Juno and giant swings! You won't want to miss what happens when you give a 4 year-old a microphone. 

If you're looking for a new mindset regarding camper based decisions and designing a camp for all, this is the pod for you. 

Producer EmJ's Takeaways:

  1.  Make sure you know how to set up recording studios. So sorry. 
  2.  Choice can be as simple as real time decision making. 
  3. All boards can be a Buddy Board if you make them that way. 

Want more from members that are really smart?

Check out Maggie Mitchell's upcoming seminar, "A Spectrum of Needs: Setting Campers with Autism Up for Success" on November 13th. And if you're reading this after that, you can get the recording!

Sami EronSami Eron

Research Lead 








Dave Leveille

Dave Leveille

Dave M. Leveille is an accomplished Program Management Leader with over 11 years of experience in project management, business development, and operational strategies. His current work with the Greater Somerset County YMCA, Plainfield Branch, showcases his dedication to these principles as a highly experienced SACC and Camp Director who excels in creative enrichment and inclusive environments for children and youth. Dave's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident in his program planning efforts. With a Master of Science in Education degree and two Bachelor of Administration degrees in Management and Entrepreneurship, Dave brings analytical thinking, problem-solving skills, and the ability to build strong relationships with multiple stakeholders. He is well-equipped to lead and drive success in various projects and initiatives, ensuring exceptional client and participant experiences.


Caitlin Carroll

Caitlin Carroll

After almost 10 years working as a social worker in various clinical and youth development roles, Caitlin Carroll, decided to return to her love of CAMP! Caitlin is currently the Director of Programs for Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville, VA where she has the opportunity to combine her love of social work with her passion for camp. When not at camp, you’ll find Caitlin exploring the outdoors or jammin’ out to music.




Episode Info

This episode is hosted by EmJ Juszczyk.

The Summer Camp Society Podcast is edited and produced by EmJ Juszczyk.

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