Community, Conversation, Creative Thinking
Hey you! Yeah, you! You sound like a passionate camp pro. You know a lot but desperately want more, you believe in the power of powerful experiences to grow individuals and communities, and you want to push yourself on what is possible through camp.
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.
None of us have all the answers, but together we have a lot more.
Questions? Send Kurtz an email
Thank you to our program sponsors
"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)
For Different Experience Levels
Emerging Leaders Semester
Program Option 1
Camp leadership and community for new-ish camp professionals. This semester is perfect for folks who have fewer than 10 years of experience running camp. It's also great for experienced seasonal leaders who are looking for their first year round job at camp. Like all our programs, we focus on community building, conversation, and creative thinking over the "right answers".
The retreat will be November 20-22 at Howell Nature Center in Michigan! Participants will be assigned cohort groups and will meet online for hourlong facilitated discussions for the five weeks before the conference.
fall 2019 facilitators:
Anna Hopkins, Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, peter drews & Jack Schott
Advanced Leadership Semester*
program option 2
*Prerequisite: completion of camp leadership semester
Join us as we dig deeper, explore even more complex topics, problem-solve together, build closer relationships, and push ourselves to constantly improve. We will have interactive challenges, guest collaborators, and lots of somebody-somethings. Participants are welcome to repeat this semester up to three times as topics and activities will cycle. We will offer two options this fall: Fundraising Deep Dive and Camp Controversies.
The retreat will be November 20-22 at Howell Nature Center in Michigan!
Fall 2019 facilitators:
Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, jason smith and Jack Schott
$499 (includes one online program + conference registration)
Program option 3 - spring Program
the buck mostly stops with you
You have enough experience to have perspective but have a constant drive to innovate and improve. You are thinking not just days ahead but decades down the road. As the world changes, so must camp—and you’re one of the people who has the potential to push our industry forward. You’re ready to explore new ideas and challenges with other people who are also ready to listen, learn, and experiment. No prerequisite required, but this program is aimed at leaders who have jobs like executive director, owner/operator, and operations director—who are ready to share their acquired wisdom AND innovate.
AND WHAT YOU WILL DO
1) Five weekly collaborative online meetings each with a learning theme.
2) Weekly real life projects/experiments 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. This year’s retreat will be from November 20-22, 2019, at an awesome camp less than 1 hour away from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
5) A lifelong community of fellow dynamic camp professionals