Welcome to Camp Sense!!
Hello everyone and welcome to the Camp Sense website! It has been a long journey to finally reach this point of launching this company. I cannot tell you how excited I am to begin sharing with all the other camp professionals through a different medium.
Before getting into the details, there are so many people I need to thank that made this company a possibility. First, to my wife, Ivey, I do not even know where to begin. I’m afraid to think that if someone would have told you what our crazy life would have looked like six years ago, you probably would have said no thank you. Your constant patience, love and support mean the world to me. This journey would not be possible without you. To my parents: I’m sure you initially had some doubts when I decided to use my Vanderbilt degree to work at a camp, but you’ve seen my passion for this work and supported me throughout. To my brother, Geoff, who has always been there to brainstorm and give me guidance. Truthfully, this company (especially it’s name) does not exist without you and your unwavering belief in me. To the Laney guys, Rob & Whitney, thank you for understanding of my desire to get my advanced degree and unable to be on the road … I promise it won’t last much longer. To Blair, Chris, Steve, Brian, Matt & Brandon, you guys have pushed me to be better whether you realize it or not and your friendships mean the world to me. To the camping professionals who paved the way before me: Chris Thurber, Bob Ditter, Jerry Jennings, Scott Arizala, and Steve Maguire. Thank you all so much for your insight, guidance, inspiration, and friendship. I hope that I can live up to the examples that you all have set and make half the impact on the camp world that you all have.
So, why did I start this company? The answer is simple: It is because I believe in the power of camp in transforming children’s lives. I have been a “camp person” since I first entered the gates of Camp Laney in 1995, and as I have grown in the profession I have loved the passion and camaraderie of camp professionals. It has always amazed me how information, guidance and support is so willing given amongst camp people. I wanted to find a way to give back and help improve the industry. And then I met Dr. Chris Thurber … more accurately, I got to know Chris Thurber. His passion is contagious and inspiring and his depth of knowledge is astounding. From then, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to help camps improve the ways in which they ran their businesses, specifically preparing them and their staffs to work with children. In coordination with this desire, I began pursuing a M.Ed in Human Development Counseling with the goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Through this program I have learned how the psychological side of human development can be used in the camp world to help prepare camp leaders to work with children in the midst of their developmental years. I want to help camp directors become more aware of issues children are facing today and how to reach them in safe and growing ways. I want to help them become more proficient and exciting in their programming. I want to help camp staff be prepared to handle the physical, emotional, and mental safety of the campers of whom they are charged to take care. Camp Sense allows for all those things. Camp Sense combines my expertise of being a lifelong camper, a full-time camp director and a soon-to-be mental health counselor. Again, the answer is simple: camp is transformational and I want to be an integral part in growing this tremendous industry.
If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’re willing to check out the rest of the website. The site is very basic, and it will certainly continue to grow. My main hope is that the site is interactive and allows me to connect with you! Follow me on social media, get in touch with the contact form on the site, and check back weekly for different blog posts. The camp world is about connections and I hope that this site continues to help connect camp professionals from all over.
Finally, if you think I can be of help to you, your camp, or a camp or other camp professionals you know, pass this site and my information along. I look forward to working with you to help make your camp, and the camp world as a whole a better place!