Steve Baskin

Steve Baskin
Owner/director of Camp Champions. Unapologetic camp geek. Married to lovely Susie Ma'am and have 2 boys and 2 girls.
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Expert Guidance We're Following This Summer

Posted by Steve Baskin on May 14, 2020 1:26:48 PM
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Tina Payne Bryson, Fear, and Toothpaste

Posted by Steve Baskin on Apr 24, 2020 11:15:32 AM

Several years ago, a fellow camp director introduced me to Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, author of many great parenting books (including “The Whole Brained Child” with Dan Siegel).  Tina is witty, caring and an enthusiastic camp mom.


I reached out to her to see what her thoughts were on our odd current circumstances.  

Please let me share two good ones.  

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A Few Thoughts On Happiness

Posted by Steve Baskin on Apr 16, 2020 3:57:20 PM

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I have been intrigued with the work of Dr. Laurie Santos. She teaches a course on Happiness (or Well-Being or Fulfillment – pick your term) at Yale. When she first offered it, it instantly became the most popular class there.  

She is engaging, wise and unassuming. If you get a chance, it is worth checking out her work.

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What I Know

Posted by Steve Baskin on Apr 10, 2020 10:14:23 AM

The last 6 weeks or so have made me thoughtful about what I do and do not know. I am certain of this: I knew much more on February 28 than I do now. Here is an inventory of my end-of-February knowledge:

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I knew that sports were frustrating.  

  • My favorite basketball player (fellow Davidson College alum Steph Curry) had been hurt all season. 
  • My beloved Houston Astros (the team my grandfather raised me to love despite countless seasons of ineptitude starting in the 1970s) was immersed in a terrible cheating scandal.  

Despite these complaints about sports, I knew I would enjoy March Madness and the Masters.

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TEDx Follow Up Talk

Posted by Steve Baskin on Apr 9, 2020 3:31:43 PM

Yesterday, I was asked to do a 30 minute video podcast with Dr Gage Paine. Dr Paine has a PhD in Philosophy In Educational Administration and was the former VP of Student Affairs at the University of Texas. 

In 2012, we were both speakers at TEDx San Antonio. Gage spoke on the Sound of Silence and I talked about Unplugging from Social Media at Camp to help teach communication and collaboration. The host asked us to talk about how we can best communicate with each other in the age of social distancing. Our conversation is here.

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Hope you enjoy the video. Please let me share a few highlights:

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How To Have A Full Day

Posted by Steve Baskin on Apr 6, 2020 4:58:01 PM

I try to share original thoughts, but sometimes the classics are better.

In 1993, Coach Jimmy Valvano gave a speech at the ESPY awards. In it, he describes a life well-lived. There is a sadness to the speech. He gives it knowing that his cancer will soon take him.


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Giving Help Or Getting Help

Posted by Steve Baskin on Apr 3, 2020 2:59:03 PM

Here is another thought that might help in these odd times. It is a rule we have adopted in the camp office and in our home.

“You are either helping or being helped.”

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60 Year-Old Steve

Posted by Steve Baskin on Apr 1, 2020 11:23:59 AM

I have found a thought that is helping me stay sane and centered.

Every day, I check in with a friend: 60 year-old Steve (me). 


To be clear, I am currently 55.  

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Clarifying Thoughts about Camp This Summer

Posted by Steve Baskin on Mar 30, 2020 3:13:43 PM


This is just a short blog to clarify something critical.

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An Inspiration from My Mom: A Trip to Peru

Posted by Steve Baskin on Mar 25, 2020 2:44:08 PM


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