Episode 32: Camp Wide Games with Trailhead Games

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Learn how to create epic camp wide games with Matthew and Austin from Trailhead games.
They teach our hosts about all the components that go into creating their unforgettable, one of a kind experiences for your campers.

What everyone’s watching:
Austin – Jessica Jones
Matthew – Ted Talks and Stranger Things (and he TOTALLY watched an episode without Austin!!)
Curt – Into the Badlands
Patti – The Fosters

We find out how Trailhead Games came to be, what it means to be ‘game creating wizards’, and how Beastmaster and Ragetron fit into all of this!

Austin and Matthew explain what the 7 year rule is, and why it’s important for your program, they also discuss creating novelty, uniqueness, and epic-ness in their games. We find out how to use the creativity of staff to improve games, and how knowledge management can improve not only your activities but can change your entire camp program.

They tell us what “playstation” means to them (hint* it doesn’t involve controllers) and how to create an inclusive environment for campers and staff with different personality types AND we get their advice for spicing up your existing programs.

Finally, they share their tips for getting feedback from campers and improving programs based on it.

Lightening Round

(Note: One of these answers were STOLEN, can you guess which one?  dun, Dun, DUNNN)

Austin

• What book do you recommend for other camp/ recreation professionals?
Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

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

• What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
Light kids on fire (metaphorically speaking – we hope!)

• What’s your favourite quote?
“A world without cats is not worth living in.” – Austin?

Matthew

• What book do you recommend for other camp/ recreation professionals?
Non-violent communication, The Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

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

• What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
Try new things

• What’s your favourite quote?
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself, and that no heart has suffered in search of its dreams.” – The Alchemist

http://trailheadgames.com
basecamp@trailheadgames.com
Austin – 612-423- 2910 (he loves talking games!)

Things we’re grateful for

Austin – Community, family & friends
Matthew – Springtime & sunshine
Patti – Libraries
Curt – Campfires

Random Questions

What is your favourite movie quote?
Matthew – “You have the choice, you can take the blue pill or the red pill” – The Matrix
Austin – “The line must be drawn here” – Star Trek First Contact (said in character)
Curt – “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.” – The Princess Bride (Also said in character)
Patti – “I carried a watermelon.” – Dirty Dancing

If you were to create your own theme park land, what would it be?
Patti – Puppy land – refer back to doggies and diamonds theme…. heh.
Austin – StarWars imersive experience
Matthew – Creativity Land
Curt – Camp Land

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro
   

Patti: The Camp Nerd
    

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