About Dan


Dan Weir has been working in youth development & summer camp for over 20 years. He is a host on the CampHacker Podcast, volunteers at with American Camp Association NY-NJ & the New York State Camp Directors Association, and works at the YMCA of Long Island. He tweets at @danlovescamp.



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The most intense moment of dodgeball

This is the most intense moment in any dodgeball game. 

It's the moment when someone decides are they going to go for it? hang back and hide? hang back and taunt?  There are fewer decisions in a camper's day that are so telling.


Summer Camp & Comedy

Watch this skit by comedians Kristen Schall and Kurt Braunohler. This is summer camp!



Leaving your mark

Last week I went on a tour of two great camps - Becket Chimney Corners YMCA & YMCA Camp Coniston.  Both camps have a retention rate that would put other summer camps to shame. 

I noticed they had a few qualities in common.  One was how their campers were able to leave their mark in the cabin.  Both camps allowed each cabin group to make a sign for their session.  Those signs decorated and painted by campers, hung proudly each cabin.

Campers must love coming back after a long school year to find their name on last year's cabin  untouched.  They had campers decorate on a separate piece of wood to hang in cabin so it wouldn't just appear like grafitti.  

It's a tradition I'm considering starting at my camp.  Do you let your campers leave their mark?


Chimney Corners

Camp Coniston


How to Write the Perfect Text Ad for Pay Per Click Advertising 

Recently I wrote a guest blog post for Erick Naftulin's blog How to Market Your Summer Camp.  The piece is titled "How to Write the Perfect Text Ad for Pay Per Click Advertising."  A lot of my knowledge comes from when I worked for an internet advertising firm in the early 2000s.  Click here to check it out.


Two pieces in "Trail Heads"

Today is an exciting day! The long awaited e-book compiled by Nathan Brant launched today. It is titled "Trail Heads: Thoughts from the Camping Profession."

I submitted two pieces for this book.  One piece about how summer camps has been an expert in squashing bullying without knowing it.  The second piece was about how technology and camp can live together, but it is up to the camp director on how that will be achieved.  

Please check it out! 


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