Community, Conversation, Creative Thinking

GrowING together

 

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. 

*** Interested in joining but too busy to fill this out because... well camp. Send Kurtz an email. sarah@kurtzmckinnoncreative.com

 
 
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"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)

SEE MORE TESTIMONIALS

 
 

3 Programs

For Different Experience Levels

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Camp Leadership Semester

Program Option 1

Camp leadership and community for new-ish camp professionals. This semester is perfect for folks who have fewer than five 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 "right answers".

fall 2018 facilitators:

Anna Hopkins, Sarah Kurtz McKinnon & Jack Schott

$699

 
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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.

fall 2018 facilitators:

Sarah Kurtz McKinnon and Jack Schott

$499

 
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Executive Semester

Program option 3

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.

fall 2018 facilitators:

Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, Jack Schott, and Jason Smith

$699

 
 
 
 

The Structure

AND WHAT YOU WILL DO

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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 from December 5-7, 2018, at an awesome (and brand-new!) camp less than 1 hour away from the Detroit Airport.

5) A lifelong community of fellow dynamic camp professionals

 
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OUTCOMES

  • 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
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SAMPLE LEARNING TOPICS

  • 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

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COST

Tuition covers all expenses except travel to and from the conference:

  • Camp Leadership Semester: $699
  • Advanced Leadership Semester: $499
  • Executive Semester: $699

SCHEDULE

  • Weekly online sessions from October through December (1 hour/week; participants preference the time slots that work for them on application)
  • December 5-7, 2018 - Pinckney, Michigan
  • A one-on-one personal coaching session (1 hour) with a facilitator of your choice, scheduled at your convenience during the semester

TAKE ACTION

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.

 

NO COMMITMENTS.
APPLY NOW.