Episode 36: Facilitating Difficult Conversations with Ruby Compton



Our hosts chat with Ruby Compton about collaboration, having important conversations, fan girl stickers, her ah-ha moments, and her exciting new endeavours.

What everyone is watching:
Patti – The Good Fight
Ruby – Ready Player One
Curt – Jumanji

We learn about Ruby’s journey to becoming a full time camp professional.
Spoiler: It was never the plan to work in camping full time!
We also learn about her exciting new company, and what her plans are for it.

RubyOutdoors: Be human, be present, be curious.
To help professionals prioritize and delegate through consulting, in-service training and other means. 

Ruby talks about the most important things we can be doing in this social and political climate to support marginalized groups and how creating ‘brave spaces’ is more important than creating ‘safe spaces’.

She describes camp as a laboratory, and gives us important tips on how to facilitate these discussions in larger groups.
Ruby also talks about listening to understand, teaching people how to say, and respond to, “no”, and some of her favourite resources.

Ask Powerful Questions- Will Wise, Weand.Me

Tim Ferris Ted Talk – Define your fears instead of your goals

Lightening Round

What book would you recommend for other camp and or recreation professionals?

The Coaching Habit – Michael Bungay Stanier

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


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

Stop doing your recreation program and go to business school… and also take some counselling and psychology classes.

What’s your favourite quote?

“The way you live your days is the way you live your life.”
-Annie Dillard
“Life has no dress rehearsal.”
-Beth Allison

How to reach Ruby

Refill the Toolbox – 10 week series of emails during the summer
WomeninCamping.com Nov 7-9


Things we’re grateful for

Ruby – Technology
Patti – The Camp Nerd blog
Curt – Considerate people

Random Questions

What’s the worst meal you ever ate? 
Question comes from @heatherdeveauxcontentwriter

Curt – Food that recently poisoned him – but still tasted good
Ruby – References her former ‘no-bacon cult’
Patti – Became Popeye and Ruby has seen that dish before at the same restaurant.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Patti – Lawyer
Ruby – Archeologist
Curt – Baseball playing magician

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro

Patti: The Camp Nerd

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