Program Details

Real Community, Real Experience, Real Learning 


Hey you! Yeah, you! You sound like an emerging camp pro.  You’ve got fewer than 5 years of professional camp experience, a lot of passion and know you have a lot to learn (but hey, we think that’s a good thing!).  

The Summer Camp Society is a community learning program for people like you.  It’s where fresh-thinking camp professionals from all over the country (and the world) can gather online and in-person to learn, philosophize, solve problems, and get better at our jobs...all so we can make more impact.


"The Summer Camp Society is a fantastic opportunity to meet people, brainstorm new ideas, receive mentoring from some awesome humans, and geek out about Camp, which is every camp person’s favorite activity. 10/10 would recommend to every Camp professional I know!” 

Alice Haefeli, Program Director,
Camp Wingate*Kirkland (Massachusetts)

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The Structure

And what you Will DO


1) Weekly collaborative online meetings  each with a learning theme.

2) Weekly real life projects that will help you learn and help your camp improve.

3) Personal development and individual coaching.

4) In-person conference with 2.5 days of workshops, innovation and camaraderie. The fall semester retreat will be early December at an awesome (and brand-new!) camp less than 1 hour away from the Detroit Airport.

5) A lifelong community of emerging camp professionals *

****We can’t promise you’ll be emerging for life!****



  • Develop a foundation of best practices in camp management
  • Lead with confidence in ambiguous situations
  • Build a professional network of industry contacts
  • Gain fluency in the business side of camp
  • Think critically about camp structures and philosophies
  • Better serve kids and the greater camp community


  • Hiring: From Pitfalls to Best Practices
  • Camper Recruitment
  • Making Management Decisions
  • Networking in the Camping World
  • Facility Management 101
  • Racial Diversity at Camp
  • Working with Parents
  • Tough Conversations with Staff
  • Finding and Utilizing a Mentor
  • Youth Development Philosophy
  • Developing Junior Leaders

The Nitty Gritty

Dates, Rates, Schedule


$649 tuition covers all expenses except travel to and from the conference


  • Weekly online sessions from September through December (1 hour/week; participants preference the time slots that work for them)
  • December 5-7th - Ann Arbor, MI


Here’s how you can join us!

1. Apply online.  Applications will be taken on a rolling basis until September 1st.

2. Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a call from Jack or Kurtz for a brief phone interview within 2 weeks of submission.

3. Final admission decisions will be made within 2 weeks of phone interview and applicants will be notified by email.