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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The Great 8: The Benefits of Summer Camp on Skill Development

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 4, 2020 1:30:00 PM

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Warning - this blog is a little serious and not particularly amusing.  It is a short piece I wrote for counselor orientation.  Each summer, we have one of the longest and most elaborate counselor training and orienation programs in the country.  We spend roughly two full weeks (of 16 hour days) to help our counselors learn about running programs that are safe (physically and emotionally), fun, and "educational."  To be clear, I do NOT use the "E" word (education) around campers or counselors.  I love education, but most young people do not associate it with fun.  We instead talk about growth, skill acquisition, and adventure in the context of outdoor education and creative play at summer camp.

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Taking Reasonable Risks

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 4, 2020 12:52:37 PM

(This is the third in 4 articles on the “Four R’s” that we stress at Camp Champions)
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As you might have seen in a previous article, we focus on the “Four R”s:

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Tags: Counselor

Summer Camp and Orthodontia

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 3, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Hailey HannahLong before anyone took summer camps seriously as a growth opportunity for children, my grandmother told one of her friends, “The two best things I ever did for my child were summer camp and orthodontia”.  The years have proven her a wise woman.

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Tags: Camper, General

Showing Respect

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 3, 2020 1:19:26 PM

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(This is the second in 4 articles on the “Four R’s” that we stress at Camp Champions)

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Tags: Camper

Staying in the Bubble (or "Missing Wal-Mart")

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 2, 2020 8:30:25 PM

Flame still burns

Each year, I am amused by a simple fact: our counselors crave trips to Wal-Mart and Sonic.  On their nights off, these trips become almost treasured experiences.  In their hometowns, they rarely frequent a Wal-Mart, but here, it is a thing.

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Our Warrior vs Our Worrier

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 2, 2020 4:30:00 PM

Our Inner Battle

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Taking Responsibility

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 2, 2020 1:30:00 PM

(This is the first in 4 articles on the “Four R’s” that we stress at Camp Champions)
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Tags: Camper

Freezing at Room Temperature

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 2, 2020 12:36:36 PM

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We sent some of our campers home yesterday and we are ready for the final (and we hope absolute best) week of the summer.

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The Four Rs

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 1, 2020 3:26:39 PM
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Each day, we stress the "Four R's" at camp.  Please allow me to tell you a little about them.  

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Trading Certainty for Awe

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 31, 2020 5:08:57 PM

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With a week left in camp, I am at a loss to know what to write about.

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