Episode 31: Engaging Alumni with Jeff Bradshaw



Wondering how to create an alumni program, and keep them engaged? Jeff Bradshaw of Camp Wenonah will give you dozens of great ideas and tips.

Curt can’t believe how accomplished our Canadian podcast guests are. Check out Jeff’s experience here.

Something we’re reading right now?

Patti – I am Malala
Jeff – Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenburg
Curt – Ready Player One

Jeff and Curt have something in common – they both hated their first resident camp experience, yet both of them made camp their careers. Jeff has been a camp director in 1983. He mentions how camp has been a family affair  – all three of his children have had roles at camp, as well as his brothers.

During this interview, Jeff gives a lot of great advice on the different approaches to alumni associations. He also speaks on why every camp should have an alumni program.

Jeff talks about his criteria for becoming a member of his alumni association, including age, length of work, etc. and shares how and when he invites and welcomes alumni into the association. He also discusses how often he corresponds with the alumni association, what he typically includes in his emails, and the type of events he hosts for alumni to keep them engaged and excited.

Jeff is now one of Patti’s new heroes.

How to reach Jeff


Lightening Round

What book do you recommend for other camp/ recreation professionals?
How to Be a Camp Counsellor by Catherine Ross

What’s a word that has meaning for you professionally?

What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
There’s More! (There’s always more ways to get involved within the camp community.)

What’s your favourite quote?
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

Things we’re grateful for

Patti – her parents
Jeff – to be Canadian
Curt – his Instant Pot

Random Questions

What childhood toy do you wish you had kept? (Question was suggested by Will Shelton.)
Curt – some of his old action figures
Jeff – toy trains given to him by his godfather
Patti – Simon game

Which would you rather be: an A-list Actor, Rock Star or Professional Athlete?
Patt – (tries to cheat) Rock Star
Jeff – Professional Athlete (Golfer)
Curt – Rock Star

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro

Patti: The Camp Nerd

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