Continuing to Belong

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:

  1. Your CITs don’t have to be your staff later.

  2. Not everyone is going to fit the traditional camp counselor role— maybe we shouldn’t be asking that of all our CITs!

  3. Someone can change so much in a year. That’s a large percent of a young person’s life!

Mike OBrienMike O'Brien

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.


Melk KowalkowskiMelk Kowalkowski 

Melk Kowalkowski is the Summer Camp Director at YMCA Camp Willson. She started her career in camping in 2004 after spending years moving up the ranks from camper to LIT to CIT. She has lead High School programs as both a seasonal staff member and full time high school leadership director. When not CONSTANTLY thinking about camp, Melk can be found running or training for ultra endurance obstacle course races, trying to find the perfect copy cat recipe for Gideons Bakehouse cookies, or going on adventures with friends and family. 

Alice HospitelAlice Hospitel

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. 



Episode Info

This episode is hosted by Allison Krabill.

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


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