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


It's worth your time: Managing Millenials



 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



Staff Retention - 2015 Tri-State


Throwing in the towel - saying "come get your kid" - 2015 Tri-State

Asking a child to leave camp has never been an easy task. Every year it seems like a family's expectations of what a summer camp can provide grows. Families need more support than ever. At the same time, parents trust of educators and care providers has shifted dramatically in the past decade. Parents are skeptical of any criticism about their child. Now it seems like when it comes to kicking someone out of camp, we're doing it all wrong. Come learn how to talk to families about this sensitive topic, navigate conversation traps, and provide the best care for all campers. 

Learning objectives: 
- Learn how to identify when a child should go home 
- Learn how to take the steps to send child home 
- Learn how to talk with families about their child home


  • Scott Arizala, The Camp Counselor
  • Dan Weir, Frost Valley YMCA