Hey, we’re back!

Hello campers, parents, staff, alumni, and friends. It’s been a while, did you miss us? We certainly missed you, so we’re happy to get this blog fired up again.

We will be starting a blog series called “Behind The Tree.” This will give you all insight on a frequently asked question, and that question is, “what do you do when camp ends?” Of course the best answer is that camp never ends. We have camp programs all 12 months of the year including Camp Fire Day Camp next Wednesday, November 22. We also will have day camps on December 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, and January 2. Unfortunately, we will not be hosting our traditional New Year’s Eve overnight this year, due to NYE being on a Sunday, but we will have an overnight on December 28-29. For more info or to sign up visit us at http://www.campfireiowa.org or give us a call at 515-432-1417.

Okay, so that’s the schedule update, but we promised you a little bit of insight on how we spend our vast work hours from September to June.

One of the most important things we do is professional development. It’s always important to keep our ideas and methods sharp and fresh. One of the ways we do this is by attending conferences, participating in webinars, meeting with other camp professionals, and reading any relevant info we can get our hands on. Last week, Camp Fire hosted the annual National Leadership Conference that was attended by the Camp Fire Day Camp staff in Des Moines. We are all currently attending the American Camp Association Great Rivers Fall Conference. These are wonderful opportunities to learn about the latest trends in the industry from our peers and professionals outside of the industry.

The motivation for this particular post and this new series comes from an address we heard from Dr. Deborah Gilboa also known as Dr. G, http://www.AskDoctorG.com. I have personally heard Dr. G at three different conferences since last February. She has amazing thoughts and philosophies on child development. We’re looking forward to learning from, not only Dr. G, but from others as well. We also are proud to share all of the fantastic things we do at Hantesa.

Again, we are happy to be back blogging, sharing our story. In case you didn’t know, we will start celebrating 100 years of Hantesa this upcoming summer with several centennial events. Look here, our Camp Fire Alumni Facebook page, and the Camp Hantesa Facebook page for event dates and details. There will be several changes to camp policies, procedures, and programs that we will keep you updated on.

Thanks for the time, we have workshops to attend! Have a great day.

Wohelo,

Michael

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