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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Trading Certainty for Awe

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


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

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The Siren Song of the Silicon

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 31, 2020 4:35:23 PM


Below is an article I share with our families each summer.  I have also included a video that we made a few summers ago that talks about being tech-free at camp.  I hope you enjoy both!

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Tags: Parents

Embracing Intentionality

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 30, 2020 8:42:15 PM

Mission Statements 3_20

I had intended to write a long blog describing one of our favorite traditions: Senior Camper mission statements.

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Homesickness and Growth

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 30, 2020 7:15:00 PM

[This is the second in two articles about homesickness at camp.]


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Tags: Camper

Getting Ready for College, a High Schoolers Thoughts

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 30, 2020 6:56:24 PM


During the second semester of his senior year (4 years ago), I asked my son Liam whether he had a case of “senioritis”. He responded that he did not like being idle and that high school did not provide the same challenge that it once had. He even suggested that he would not mind a little more homework (yeah, I gasped too).

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Camp Champions In ABC News Article

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 29, 2020 5:47:08 PM

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I thought about a wide variety of topics for today’s blog, but Susie Ma’am suggested that I instead share an article from ABC News that went live today.  It is about summer camp in the age of COVID and mentions us.

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Counselor Heroes

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 29, 2020 3:52:33 PM

For years we have talked about hiring “counselor heroes”.  A friend unfamiliar with summer camps asked me to define what we mean by this and to explain what we do to get “heroes”.  I thought you might appreciate how I responded.
Our heroes are young men and women committed to being exceptional role models to our campers.  These are individuals whose talents justify easier hours and higher pay, but who understand the power of working with young people (of course, they also enjoy having an active and exciting summer).  While these heroes teach the campers a great deal, they inevitably learn some powerful lessons themselves.  They learn the 21st Century skills of communication, teamwork, work ethic, leadership and creative thinking as well the joy of serving others. They learn that hard work and great fun can go together.

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Tags: Counselor

An Unflappable Teen

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 28, 2020 5:45:00 PM

After writing yesterday’s blog, Susie Ma’am chided me, “You showed chicken pictures and left out the best one?!?!”

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Homesickness and the Letter

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 28, 2020 5:30:00 PM


[This is the first of two articles about homesickness at camp.  It is also a parent favorite.]  

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Helping Kids Shine

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 28, 2020 5:00:01 PM


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