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What Do You Teach at Summer Camp?

September 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · ACA, Human Resources, Video

With the end of the camp season and the start of school, I always think about the learning that goes on at camp that traditional education has yet to emulate. Below is a video, A Vision of Students Today, by Michael Wesch at Kansas State University. His videos explore mediated culture, seeking to merge the ideas of Media Ecology and Cultural Anthropology. This particular video summarizes some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime.

What is it that camp offers that students just don’t get from school today? How many tremendously successful adults can trace back some important learning to their time as a participant or staff member at summer camp? Seth Godin, best selling author and marketer, talks about some of his early marketing experience as a staff member at Camp Arowhon in his blog post Seth’s Blog: What I learned at summer camp.

The American Camp Association created a video highlighting how the camp experience has changed lives. Included in this video is: Emma Roberts, Hill Harper, Lisa Loeb, Kerri Strug, Michael DeLorenzo, Justin Chambers, Paul Adelstein, James Pickens, Blair Underwood, Sharon Lawrence, Frank Sesno, Glynn Turman, Ashlan Gorse, and Lisa Raye share how their lives have changed Because of Camp.

Because of Camp Video by The American Camp Association

Over the last two years at camp we make sure staff know that we are in the life skills business. That motto has served our camper and staff in keeping us focused on what we are trying to do every day.

What are you teaching at your camp?


  • gusfrederick

    We are having trouble on your webpage accessing the notes and handouts from your seminars at the LERN conference. The page freezes each time we try to connect. I have used multiple computers with the same results. I am hoping that I am writing on the appropriate comment page. Please advise.

  • You can access the slides by joining There
    is a social media group with the handouts.

    If you are still having trouble, send me an email: jennselke at