When You're the Only One by the Campfire
CampHacker podcast producer Matt here.
One of my favourite parts about working in the camp office during the summer is being able to bounce my ideas off of my co-director or whoever happens to be in the office. If there isn't anyone in the office, I'll often pull in a counsellor or staff member on their break to bounce a new programming idea off of. Needless to say, I'm a big bouncer-idea-off'er. Now that it's October, the office walls and empty desk chairs aren't as receptive to my ideas, no matter how excited I am about them. I'm forced to resort to talking to myself a little more.
Even when it's not the off season, a Camp Director's inner monologue can be their best friend, or their arch nemesis. Hashing things out with your brain can spark new ideas but can also slow you down with your own insecurities or doubts. We preach that mental health is something that we need to nurture in our staff and campers, but how kind are we being when we speak to ourselves?
On this episode of the podcast, the fantastic (camping) four are re-united to share not only what goes on in their director heads, but what they do to keep that voice regulated and pushing them forward. This episode was just what I needed to hear at this time of year so I hope that it's the same for you. If you get anything from this episode, hear Travis, Joe, Dan and Gab say, you're not alone in this!
What do you do to keep your inner monologue in check? Let us know in the comments below!
Tool of the Week – Make Yourself a Better Camp Director
Travis - Richard P. Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman
Joe - Kijiji.ca
Gabz - Tyme iOS app
Dan - Wooden book
- Travis Allison, Summer Camp Consultant - CampHacker.TV, Founder at Go Camp Pro
- Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau