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.
What book would you recommend for other camp and or recreation professionals?
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.”
“Life has no dress rehearsal.”
How to reach Ruby
Things we’re grateful for
Ruby – Technology
Patti – The Camp Nerd blog
Curt – Considerate people
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