Episode 38: The Parent Experience with Mat Whynott



Mat Whynott shares how his perspective shifted once he went from camp staff to camp parent. We find out a little bit about the Canadian political system, what Mat’s learned from being a politician, secret shoppers, what camp has meant to Mat & the various roles he’s played at camp over the years.

What everyone is reading:
Patti – Tribe of Mentors, Timothy Ferris
Matt – Real Good Church, Molly Finny Baskette
Curt – Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Myer

When his child went to camp it gave Mat a whole new perspective on the camp experience, he stopped judging “needy parents” and became one himself. He then determined that a parent’s experience, from the moment they decide to send their kid to camp to the very end – and beyond, has to be intentional and he set out to design his program around that thought.

Mat discusses managing expectations, encouraging staff to look at everything from a parent’s perspective, his cabin refresh campaign, tips for the preseason, arrival at camp, customer service on opening day, communicating with parents during sessions, and more!
Matt also recommends Text Magic, that he to send out bulk texts when needed.

Now we want to hear from you, what special things do you guys do for arrival and departure?
Tell us about it in the comment section below. 

Lightening Round

What book would you recommend for other camp and or recreation professionals?
Real Good Church – Molly Finny Baskette

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

What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
Take advice form those who’ve done it for a long time.

What’s your favourite quote?

'What can I do better tomorrow than I did today?'Click To Tweet – Joe Richards

How to reach Mat




Things we’re grateful for

Mat – Those he’s learned from, podcasters, Vistaprint, & Canva
Patti – Goodnight sleep
Curt – Amazon

Random Questions

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Curt – Starts to answer then decides that it likely wouldn’t happen, then goes with a more realistic answer.
Mat – Spending time at the cottage
Patti – Learn languages (although Curt doesn’t think it would happen)

If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Patti – Lucky Charms
Mat – Granola
Curt – Apple Jax

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro

Patti: The Camp Nerd

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