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Playing with Fire: Lessons from Coed Camp Directors

WITH Carolyn & Jed Dorfman, CAMP Walt Whitman

This podcast is sponsored by SCOPE, an amazing organization that helps to send children from financially disadvantaged families to summer camp. You can learn more about SCOPE online and through social media @supportscope.

There are several points in today’s Campfire Conversation when two experienced, long time camp directors talk about learning from the kids. This is not something new. In fact, adults who listen can learn a lot from our young people, especially when it comes to building friendships and growing in wise ways.

Thankfully, Carolyn & Jed Dorfman, directors of Camp Walt Whitman, are just those type of adults. Putting their misguided SEC football loyalties aside, I don’t know two camp directors of a coed camp from whom I can learn more. (In this, Jed is continuing the wonderful tradition of his parents, Bill and Jancy, who were the first camp mentors Kate and I enjoyed.)

Carolyn & Jed have worked with great leaders and thinkers understand the kids, families, and staff with whom they work and lead each summer. Both have a lot of wonderful ideas on how to raise and lead girls and boys in this and any other day and age and graciously share them with us.

I hope you’ll enjoy this Campfire Conversation with Carolyn & Jed!

GREAT RESOURCES FOR Those parenting or Working with Girls and Boys

Two books that have been incredible helpful to us have been The Female Brain and The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think by Dr. Louann Brizendine. The writing is clear, the examples wonderful, and the science dead on. While there are many similarities between the genders, these two books are great at laying out the differences in a that is instructive.

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is a wonderful read and has been mentioned here before.

Rob Buyea has written a series of books for parents, teachers, and kids to read about growing up in school. Check out Because of Mr. Terupt when you have some time this summer.