About Dan

Dan Weir is the Director of Camping Services at Frost Valley YMCA, a host on the CampHacker Podcast, sports a beard, online way too much. He writes about summer camp and youth development.  He tweets (look below!) at @danlovescamp.

Dan Weir also writes at Unplug at Camp!


Dan Weir's Linkedin profile.




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Keeping camp families engaged all year long - 2017 YMCA Camping Marketing & Fundraising Symposium

1. The importance of engaging our families year round 
2. Learning 3 areas of focus 
3. Turning those 3 areas of focus into a 12 month plan 
Dan Weir, Director of Camping Services 
Amanda Hinski, Chief Marketing Officer
Frost Valley YMCA

It's Worth Your Time: Managing Millenials - 2017 NEYCC


Build a culture that will fill your resident camp - ACA Keystone 11/10/16


It's worth your time: Managing Millenials - NJ YMCA CEOS (May 2016)



 You want to talk again about this project? You are stressed with your workload but you want more? You want a raise but you have only been here 3 months? It’s a different generation entering the workforce. The great part about working with millennials is that they are hungry to take on the world. The difficult part is they don’t know where to start first. Learn from Dan and Lindsay techniques that have worked for them with managing millennials. Walk away with a new understanding of how the typical employee from this generation thinks. Leave with new ideas of how to lead and guide this enthusiastic group. 


Evening Programs & Campfires - 2016 Tri-State

Our camp fire

  • Greeters - Sarah, Jeremy, Lindsay, and Rich
  • Welcoming - Jeff & Dan
  • The Motorcycle Skit - Jeff
  • Bibly by Lindsay
  • Little Red Wagon by Sarah
  • Three Blind Jelly Fish - Dan, Jeff & Rich
  • Quiet Down "Rain Activity" / Spirt Fingers- Dan & Jeff
  • Taking us home with a camp song by Jeremy
  • Wrap up - Jeff

The basics of a camp fire

  • Welcoming in
  • It’s all about the setting (circle vs amphitheater)
  • The essentials camp skit
  • How to sing if you if you can’t sing
  • How to quiet them down from mid camp fire
  • Find the resources (guitar playing person)
  • Wrap up ceremony - we give out patches (why we gave out dixie cups chips)

Dan's favorite campfire songs resources on YouTube

Evening program essentials

  • The mood of the evening program (active vs inactive)
  • Know your audience
  • Know the size of your group
  • Try not go longer than 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Be close to bathrooms
  • Don’t over do it
  • Have your staff rotate creating new evening programs