Continuing to Belong
Season 1, Episode 15
This episode brings together Allison Krabill, Alice Hospitel, Melk Kowalkowski, and Mike O'Brien to talk teen programs at camp! They discuss different ways to make older campers feel like they belong, how to incorporate leadership in the sessions, and so much more. If you’re looking for great ways to level up your teen programs, this is the podcast for you.
Producer EmJ’s takeaways:
Your CITs don’t have to be your staff later.
Not everyone is going to fit the traditional camp counselor role— maybe we shouldn’t be asking that of all our CITs!
Someone can change so much in a year. That’s a large percent of a young person’s life!
Mike O’Brien is the Camp Coordinator at Camp AJ. I’m passionate about camper choice, trying new ideas and learning from them, and always remembering that camp is equally impactful and ridiculous. I see camp as something so much bigger that the programs we offer – it’s a place of belonging for kids year-round. In my free time I like to read, trying new hobbies but rarely sticking with them, playing with my two kids, and spending as much time in the woods as I can. Check out his playlist for our last retreat.
Alice Hospitel, the Director of Member Success at The Summer Camp Society, is the world's best connector. Okay, that's what Jack says. They are classically trained in fine arts, play a mean zombie at camp, and run the Stomping Ground CIT program.
More than anything, Alice thinks way outside the box while somehow building authentic relationships with everyone they meet.