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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Senior Camper Program

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 6, 2020 1:45:00 PM

Each year, we are asked to make presentations at national camp conferences about our high school leadership program.  We call it the Senior Camper program and it serves teens finishing 9th, 10th and 11th grades.  Here is an overview of the program.  I hope you can see why it has become an nationally recognized!
Senior Camper Talk

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Tags: Counselor

Reaching Out to Others

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 6, 2020 12:56:42 PM

(This is the fourth in 4 articles on the “Four R’s” that we stress at Camp Champions)
Anne with BU camper
As you might have seen in a previous article, we focus on the “Four R”s:
1. showing Respect,
2. taking reasonable Risks,
3. Reaching out to others, and
4. taking Responsibility.
This article talks about what we do to stress Reaching out to others.

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Tags: Counselor

Simply Joys

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 5, 2020 8:05:52 PM

Dodger and Dalton

I occasionally run out of inspiration for blog topics.  [Note: some of you may deem that I have already done so and continue to write nonetheless.  There are days I agree!]

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The Tiger Story

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 5, 2020 7:14:06 PM

TigerI have shared this story with parents and with counselors for years.  Last year, a former camper asked that I write it out for a leadership class he was working on.  When a parent also asked me about it, I decided to share it here,

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Tags: Parents

The Inane Can Keep You Sane

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 4, 2020 8:35:50 PM

Pizza Pirate close

Since my other blogs today are long, please allow just a short one to share two fun snippets.

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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)
cargo net
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

craw at Green Dance

(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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