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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Monday
Mar242014

Apple is doing it. Shouldn't you? - 2014 Tri-State

Burberry’s CEO will soon lead Apple’s sales team in changing their culture from ‘transactional’ to one of ‘relationship building’. Follow the lead of this Fortune 500 tech giant to build relationships that will positively impact all facets of your business. Develop a strategic, pragmatic and manageable plan that will nurture connections and leverage relationships to increase camp enrollments, retention, fund raising and community collaborations. 

Dan Weir, Director of Camping Services, Frost Valley 
Joanna Warren Smith, President, Camp Consulting Services 

 

 

Thursday
Mar202014

Evening Programs & Camp Fire Ideas for 8 to 800 - 2014 Tri-State

Our camp fire

  • Greeters - David & Lincoln from Frost Valley YMCA and Jackson & Anna from Camp Mason
  • Welcoming - Dan from Frost Valley YMCA & Jeff from 3Adventures
  • The Motorcycle Skit - Jeff
  • Zombie Song by Lincoln McLain
  • Silly Skit by Jackson & Anna
  • Three Blind Jelly Fish - Dan, Jeff & Jackson
  • Quiet Down "Rain Activity" / Spirt Fingers- Dan & Jeff
  • Taking us home with the Camp Song - David from Frost Valley
  • 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)

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

Brainstorming Ideas! 
Coming soon!

The slideshow!

Wednesday
Apr032013

How Summer Camps Build Character

I had the honor of meeting Mawi Asgedom at the 2013 ACA National Camp Conference.  Mawi's keynote on character education was completely on point with what I've been working on with Frost Valley YMCA's Summer Camps.  

Recently I had the privilege of being interviewed by Mawi for his blog on "How Summer Camps Build Character".  

It was a blast! Check out the interview and follow Mawi on twitter

 

Thursday
Mar142013

Evening Programs & Camp Fire Ideas for 8 to 800 - 2013 Tri-State

Our camp fire

  • Greeters - Jack & Laura from Camping Coast to Coast
  • Welcoming - Dan from Frost Valley YMCA & Jeff from 3Adventures
  • "Silly Skit" - Jack & Laura
  • The Motorcycle Skit - Jeff
  • Three Blind Jelly Fish - Dan, Jeff & Lincoln
  • Quiet Down "Rain Activity" / Spirt Fingers- Dan & Jeff
  • The Forest Song - Rebecca from Camp Cairn
  • Zombie Song - Lincoln
  • Taking us home - Dan from Campminder
  • 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)

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

Brainstorming Ideas!
https://plus.google.com/photos/100771849494009332512/albums/5855299169753544689?authkey=COqhruXCpsHk3QE

The slideshow!
http://www.slideshare.net/DanWeir/evening-programs-camp-fire-ideas-for-8-to-800#

The Forest Song!

3 Blind Jellyfish!


Wednesday
Mar132013

Build a culture that will fill your resident camp

I led a great session today with Joanna Warren Smith titled "Build a Culture that Will Fill your Resident Camp."

Please click here for the handout.