Jason, Camp Menominee's Owner & Director, talks with experts parents, campers, and CM staff about topics they care about... like what will make your summer amazing, camper growth and development, and much more!
Hi Everybody!! We have a new segment we are debuting today on the pod: The Recampables! The idea is that we are going to find memorable/important/fun moments in camp history and break them down. For the first ever episode Jason is joined by 4 of the 6 Green & White color war captains from 2016 to talk about the most controversial finish to the all-camp Relay (and Green & White) in camp's history. It is the first, and only, time we had to go to video review to determine the winner of the relay and the whole competition! So we hope you enjoy this new pod that was recorded in person with Jake Goodman, Josh Goodman, Sam Miller and Benjie Soren...we definitely had fun doing it.
On this VERY special episode of the podcast we have on two of our favorite guests: Menominee Assistant Director Jeff Toombs and Waterfront Director Jeremy Kohlenbrener. They join Jason to give you a full update of returning and new staff for the summer of 2020. They even might have some special guests in studio live to make the announcement themselves... The guys also share stories from the Chicago reunion, debut a new segment called "Rumor Mill with Jeff, Jeremy and Jason" and create a 2020 camp slogan caption contest. Enjoy!
On this VERY special episode of the pod Jason is joined by two-thirds of the Directorship of Chippewa Ranch Camp for Girls. As camp directors, one of the most popular topics we get asked about is single gender vs. co-ed camps. Why should I send my son/daughter to a single gender camp? What are the major differences between this and co-ed camping? Hows does choosing one or the other impact my camper's growth and development? I have a son and a daughter, should I not be looking to send them to the same camp?!? We cover all of this and more in this open, honest and vulnerable discussion. Thanks again to Cliff and Sari! You can check them out at the new chippewaranchcamp.com. We hope you enjoy this episode and learn a lot!
On this VERY special episode of the Camp Cast we focus on a a value that we hold near and dear to our hearts at camp: the importance of giving back to your community. Jason is joined by Steve Ehrlich (59 year camp veteran and founding member of the Nate Wasserman Camp Fund) and Peter Ehrlich (long time board member of the Fund and lifelong member of the Menominee Family) to discuss the importance of giving the gift of camp. The guys explore the history of the Nate Wasserman Camp Fund, one of the flagship non-profit organizations that helps sends many campers to camp each summer, and discuss camp's role in educating our youth about inclusion, diversity and community service.
To learn more and donate please visit https://natewasserman.com.
We are back with Season 3 of the Camp Cast! We have a great one for you to start this season. On today’s pod I am joined by camp mom and media extraordinaire Melissa Plaskoff. We recorded in studio Melissa's company On-Air Media in Dallas, TX. For the first half of the episode Melissa takes the wheel and interviews Jason to help new families get to know camp’s Owner/Director (2:17). Then we flip the script and ask Melissa to share some first year family tips and tricks so they can feel like insiders before the summer starts (33:48). If you are new to Camp Menominee or camp in general this is the episode to listen to.
Tonight on the pod I am joined by....well, myself. I'm solo tonight folks. We finished our final awards of the night just before midnight, so I am going to give the rest of the staff and campers a break from the pod and I will handle this one. Let me start by saying this: I LOVE this camp, I LOVE this group of counselors and I LOVE each and every camp that comes to Menominee. Tonight I am going to go through the day at camp, recap our TLL playoffs, talk about our Banquet dinner, and breakdown the awards given out. Then, I will talk about how we chose our Junior and Intermediate honor campers and tell you why Gavin Bramwit is a spectacular choice for the Nate Wasserman Award this summer. Finally, I will share some closing summer remarks, dole out some well deserved "thank you's" and talk about what truly makes Menominee special.
On this Green & White relay edition of the podcast I am joined by victorious White captains Jack Forman, Jack Kaplan and Dylan Schwartz. We break down the entire all-camp relay, as well as look back at a great Green & White competition which was won by the White team 2000-1750.
On this late-night episode of the pod I am joined by Admin members (and podcast favorites) Josh Ingram and Jeremy Kohlenbrener. While the kids are in bed and prepare for the Green & White relay tomorrow, we recap a great Field Day at camp, break down The Sing and look behind the curtain of the Green & White scoreboard. Enjoy!
On this last weekend of camp edition of the podcast I am joined by Cabin 14 members Charlie Eisenberg and Asher Diamond. We break down an action packed Saturday of Green & White and League Championships. Then we dive into the unique experience that is the last Sunday of camp including Doc's Run, the Menominee Masters, the final Way ceremony and the Hatchet Hunt. We also update you all on the Green & White scoreboard through 13 events.
Tonight on the podcast I am joined by the creator of the new hit Green & White game "Egg Time" Jonah Gagerman. We talk about the success of his creation, all of the other G&W events from the last 2 days, league championships and our 10 year celebration ceremony. Enjoy!
On this very special episode of the podcast, I am joined by Cabin 19 residents Zach Meyers and Jake Topel to recap a full day of Green & White activities including a major White Team comeback with wins in the Counselor Hunt, Creatively Acquire the Energy Source and Mannequin Madness. We also discuss how Woody was found for the first time in 29 years during the Counselor Hunt, and look ahead to all the great things to come the rest of the week.
On the pod tonight we are doing double duty! On our first segment I am joined by Jory Weiss from Camp Marimeta for Girls. During tonight's social we take a break to talk about all the great things going on at Marimeta and Menominee this summer. I also get some much needed support from Jory's brother and cousin Isaac and Brett Weiss, and CM counselor Zeke to defend Sand Lake against a verbal beat down! All was friendly after that as Jory broke down the awesome things going on at the Marimeta waterski program and shouted out some worthy campers and counselors. But wait, there's more! After that Andrew Morris and birthday boy Benny Goldberg come on the pod to talk about the first full day of Green & White events and give us a G&W score board update. What a day at camp, you don't want to miss this ep!
We love our camp family, specifically our Waterfront Director Jeremy. So when it's Jeremy's birthday we have to celebrate with a SPECTACULAR day at camp....and that we did my friends. The bday boy himself joins me on the pod to discuss League playoffs, new tournaments (paddle ball, chess and volleyball), new clinics (wrestling and rugby), Twilight League, Prime Time, the Way ceremony and....THE START OF GREEN AND WHITE. This is a must listen pod for sure!
We have a great pod today for you all! I am joined by Senior Cabin members Max Beermann and Micah Gagerman for our weekly "Ask the Director" segment where the boys from camp offer suggestions about how to improve Menominee. This week's topic: Food! The three of us area also joined by podcast favorite Josh Ingram for color commentary. Then we recap the last 2 days of events at camp including Camper/Counselor switch day 2019.
Wow it has been an incredible couple days of camp and with the help of the Weil brothers (Jackson and Ryan) we dive deep into all of it! We cover the entire second day of the Kawaga competition, and discuss the wins/losses, ups/downs and everything we could possibly think of that happened at Menominee and Kawaga. We also talk about this Lazy Day Friday at CM and break down the Camper-Counselor switch day debates that just ended in Wasserman Hall. This one is a MUST listen!
Tomorrow we will begin our 2-day 71 event competition with Camp Kawaga, so we need to bring in the A team to help us sort it all out. So tonight on the podcast I have our Head of Competition Brett Weiss and camp veteran Jonah Weiss (who happen's to be Brett's older brother). We talk about the significance of the competition, all the events to look forward to over the next few days and what to expect from our awesome campers. Go Menominee, Beat Kawaga!
On this spectacular episode of the Word I sit down with Jackson Flaum for a solo pod. We talk about our first round of beat Kawaga team practices, Menominee firsts, highs and lows from this summer and all other things camp. Enjoy!
On this DOUBLE episode of the podcast, I am first joined by Senior Cabin members Jake Reinhardt and Jonah Friedman (along with their counselor Jackson Weil). The boys break down an awesome day at camp yesterday that included a 16A win on the BBSD against Ojibwa followed by our 5-year night ceremony where we inducted 19 NEW MEMBERS! Then we dive into 'Ask the Director', the weekly segment where the senior cabin boys compile suggestions from campers of all age and present them to me. This week's topic: themes for socials with the girls camps. Then for Part 2 we bring in 5 members of the victorious 16A squad (Louie Kanter, Gavin Bramwit, Jack Behar, Alec Gau and Kase Ratzlaff) to break down the epic battle that occurred on the BBSD yesterday. Enjoy!
We have an extra special episode of the podcast today! Usually we have 2 campers on the podcast, but tonight we had one camper up for double the podcast workload. Eli Fisch joins me tonight to break down our first intercamp competition with Camp Timberlane, his camp highlights, Menominee firsts, and SO much more. I think Eli might take over hosting this thing one day...
On this very special episode, the pod studio is overrun by Rosenthals! First year campers (and cousins) Evan and Russell Rosenthal join me to talk about today's instructional activities, MCAA League action, Twilight League, and one of our favorite camp fire skit nights....Song Night 2019!! The boys were hilarious and fantastic guests for todays episode.
Oh - and we wish the CM staff luck tonight in their game against that camp to the west. Go Menominee! Beat Kawaga!
What a day at camp! A day like today needs twice the star power for an appropriate recap, so I call upon not one, but TWO Shefrens to help me. Cooper and Brody come on the pod to talk about Big Ten Instructional activities, MCAA league action and our first social of the summer: a massive Carnival with Camp Agawak!
On this very special episode of the podcast we are keeping it in the family! My cousin Max Kirsch and his cabinmate Charlie Dumo join me to recap a spectacular day at camp including: picture day, our first Big Brother/Little Brother event, some MCAA League action, Twilight League, a Senior Tennis game we call Davis Cup and a camp favorite campfire "Let's Make a Deal"...could we put together a better day at camp?!?!
On this very special episode of the podcast I am joined by my longtime friend and CM's incredible Waterfront Director Jeremy Kohlenbrener. We had another long and packed day at camp so Jeremy does us a favor and gives the campers a break from the podcast so they could get some rest! We cover our first day of Big Ten instructional activities, MCAA League action, the surprising start to Twilight League and the loud, sweaty, fun, spirit filled song and cheer night lead by Woody, Jeremy and (most importantly) the Senior Cabin! You do not want to miss this episode.
Happy second session everybody, and or those of you new to camp, welcome to the podcast! Each night I (Jason) sit down with a few campers to hear about their day and talk about everything going on at camp. Tonight, all the boys are settling in with their counselors and their new friends in the cabin, so we are taking this opportunity to introduce you to this session's Group Leaders and Youth Development Directors. First we'll hear from Group Leaders Josh Ingram (Juniors), Jackson Wustner (Intermediates) and AJ Villarreal (Seniors). Then I play the recording from first session with Youth Development Directors Pamela Adler and Jeff Toombs. Enjoy and welcome to the family!
Tonight on this bitter sweet episode of the podcast, we celebrate the end of an incredible session at camp. As is tradition, the CIT's join me tonight on their last night as a cabin group to recap first session, talk about their highlights and shout out amazing moments they have seen this summer. We also talk about the things they are excited about and nervous for as they all prepare to move into cabins for second session. This is a really special group of guys and I think you'll love what they have to say.
Good evening everybody! On this special episode of the podcast we have Brayden Subrin and Fin Doran join us to recap an action packed day at camp. As is tradition (for the last 3 years) the last Wednesday of first session is dedicated to our King of the Camp Championships. We had hundreds of points on the board today and Fin and Brayden help me break down how the day went. We also mixed in a little CM Rock Band show.
On this very. special episode of the pod I am joined by CITs Kase Ratzlaff and Jack Behar. We cover the beginning of the King of the Camp playoffs, what they are looking forward to come the twilight league playoff, and dive in a little to the counselor softball game that CM played in this week.
On this late night episode of the pod I am joined by the Jacks (Kaplan and Forman) who hosted the Camper Council this week. They bring suggestions from the campers for new campfires, skit nights and evening programs. Then we spend a little time at the end talking about Town Day. Hope you enjoy!
On this EXCLUSIVE episode of the camp cast we are, once again, making history. Today, as the boys from CM socialized with the lovely ladies over at Chippewa Ranch Camp, Sari Hirsch (Assoc. Director CRC) and I hosted a live podcast event. We set up a booth at the social and opened up the mic to everyone and anyone that wanted to join. We had SO MUCH FUN! I think the CRC girls were a little more eager to be on the pod than the CM boys, but we had some phenomenal guests. With so many people in and out and the social going on, the recording definitely got a little messy at times, but trust me, it's worth it! Enjoy...
On this super special extra fantastic 4th and 5th of July episode I am joined by Simon Mann and Neo Schneider! We discuss the historic start to British & American that took place at Camp Marimeta during our social (the first time we have EVER done it off CM grounds), as well as our first day of B&A and our first intercamp competition of the summer with our friends from Camp Timberlane. Simon and Neo were great guests so enjoy.
On this mini-mega edition of the Camp Cast I am thrilled to be joined by counselors Jake Hoodack (Nate 2019) and Zach "Zeke" Quen. They just got back from their 11-year old canoe trip and Copper Falls camping trip, respectively, and are eager to share ALL of the stories from those trips. We go deep into each trip, major highlights, upgrades from 2018 trips and so much more. They share some really special camper moments and many "Menominee Firsts". This is a very robust ep so we hope you enjoy. It is also just a sample of all the great trip stories that will come from your boys in a trip-week mega pod later this week!
Oh boy you are all in for a treat tonight! We are lucky enough to have our outstanding photographer Imelda and our incredible CNA Allie on to discuss another spectacular day at camp. We cover activities, Menominee firsts for some of our boys (and for Imelda and Allie) and they share their impressions of camp after two weeks at the friendly confines. I also take time to discuss what parents should expect during trip week, where their boys are going and what they will be doing. You don't want to miss this one!
As is tradition I am joined by the SENIOR CABIN in the pod studio for this special episode of the Camp Cast. This week they held a meeting with representatives from every cabin in camp to talk about ways we can "spice up camp". On the pod today they share all of the camper suggestions and provide me with verbal lashing about things that can be improved at camp :). Enjoy!
You are in for a treat tonight! On this double ep of the pod I am joined by Senior Cabin members Xander Schiller and Max Beermann. We discuss the Sun & Wind finale, our first beach party of 2019 and debut (and probably conclude) a new segment "Deals with Xander". Enjoy!
After 2 very late nights at camp and no podcast to show for it, we had a ton to catch up on...and there was only one man for the job: Cooper Borstein! Today Cooper and I recap 3 days of camp activities including Sun and Wind events, our weekly ceremony "The Way" and other important camp news. Cooper also reveals some journalistic untruths that he uncovered in the Menominee Megaphone...will this bring the whole operation down?!?!? Find out on todays Camp Cast!
What a day at Camp Menominee! We had such an action packed day that we went late today so my guest on the pod is not a camper this evening, but our Head Counselor and podcast guest favorite Josh Ingram! We talk about the start to our intracamp competition 'Sun & Wind', more king of the camp league action and a hilarious 'Commercial Night' skit night. Hope you enjoy!
On this very special Sunday edition of the Camp Cast Jason is joined by the ENTIRE Senior Cabin live in studio. The boys from 18 help Jason bring one of our favorite camp traditions to the podcast: Ask the Director. Each week the Senior Cabin hosts a "camper's only" council where boys from each cabin come give their suggestions on ways to improve camp. They then take those suggestions and read them live over the PA system to Jason for his instant reactions and commitments. We turned it into a pod this week so we hope you enjoy!
On this extra special episode of the Camp Cast Jason is lucky enough to have the second set of brothers in the studio this summer....The Namordis! Third year camper Josh (Ice Man) and his brother Eli (here for his first year) sit down to talk activities, the value of breakfast and one of Woody's favorite camp fires 'Dear Sir'. This is not one that you want to miss!
On this very special episode of the podcast Jason is thrilled to welcome Cabin 17 residents Aaron Pelts and Jack Berger. They recap another outstanding day at Camp Menominee which also happened to be Jack's birthday! Enjoy!
On this very special episode of The Word, Jason is joined by Cabin 14 members Jack Myerthall and Aiden Solomon to recap a beautiful day at Camp Menominee. We cover Big Ten, King of the Camp, cabin pictures and our first "Camp Fire"/Skit night of the summer.
On this very high energy episode of The Word, Jason sits down with some of the boys in Cabin 16 to recap a phenomenal day at CM. We introduce Twilight League, King of the Camp and share our Big Ten instructional activity highlights. Then Jason takes a verbal beating for getting rid of the soda at camp...
On this first episode of the 2019 summer, Jason is joined by Assistant/Youth Development Directors Pamela Adler and Jeff Toombs. We recap the first day of what is sure to be a special summer at camp. We also talk about the youth work Pamela and Jeff will be doing with our rookie families, cabins and staff. Such a great first episode to kick off the summer!
On this VERY special episode of the Camp Cast, went back and listened to all of our podcasts from this summer and pulled out the best moments for you. Some of the topics/events highlighted: 1st Session Recap with the CITs, Skit Nights, Socials (10:50), Trip Week (32:20), Woody's Arrival, 5-Year Night, 10-Year Night, Twilight League (45:20), B&A, G&W, S&W, our big competition with the other camp (59:40), and Funny Stories from the great eps we had this summer (1:30:40).
BUT FIRST we call Josh Ingram over in England for a special staff announcement and we discuss all of the returning staff signed on for 2019.
In this VERY special episode of the Camp Cast we are joined by alumni Courtney Mann, Mark Cahan, Jon Provus and Stewart Auslander to talk all things Camp! We cover their favorite camp memories, what camp means to them, what it's like seeing their kids at camp now and how important Fantasy Camp (alumni camp) is to their current friendships. Enjoy!
The Camp Cast is back after a couple months off. Today Jason is joined from a couple thousand miles away by Jeff Toombs. They recap the fall recruiting and staffing season, give some November birthday shoutouts, talk about the upcoming Chicago area reunion and preview some of the great Camp Cast Episodes we have coming up this season.
On this episode of The Word, Jason recaps the last few days at camp, including a detailed account of the exciting final day of twilight league action, the emotional banquet and awards ceremonies and reveals who won our Junior, Intermediate and Senior Honor Camper awards as well as The Nate Wasserman award. Then, we have a bunch of guests pop into the pod center to help us answer one question: what was your favorite memory from the summer of 2018? We are joined by about 10 campers and counselors to share their thoughts.
On this special episode of The Word, I am joined by Green Team overall captains Gavin Bramwit, Ryan Firmin and Daniel Malis to discuss their victory in the 2018 Green and White Sing! We cover all of the anxieties that come with teaching their teams the songs, the emotions of the evening and the leadership lessons learned throughout this process. We also update everyone on the Green and White scoreboard.
On this spectacular episode of The Word I am joined by the only 2 people who are up to the task of recapping THREE full days at camp: Cabin 12's Harrison Hoffman and Brady Kay. We cover Green & White events, league championships, skit nights, our 10 Year Induction ceremony and much more.
On this episode of The Word I am joined by Cabin 15 members Tobey Berks and Drew Benjamin to recap an action packed day of Green & White events, as well as talk about yesterday's surprise Color War break.
Today on The Word I am joined by Program Director Ethan Weiss and Senior Cabin Counselor Marc Goodman. We recap a perfect Lazy Day Sunday at CM, give the listeners an inside look into what is coming this week at camp and even provide some intro music for your listening pleasure.
On the most special episode of the word so far this year, we have Woody himself on the pod for his first appearance after arriving at camp yesterday. We cover all the activities at camp for the last 2 days including a social with Marimeta, Camper/Counselor Switch Day, Casino Night and a perfect counselor season with a big softball win.
On this episode of The Word I am joined by the campers on our PUP List (physically unable to perform). We've had some unfortunate injuries this summer, but Jack Kaplan, Jack Behar, Tyler Longnecker and Alex Stelzer still bring a love for camp and positive attitude to the pod to help me recap another great day at camp.
On this episode of the pod I am joined by Senior Cabin members Kase Ratzlaff and Danny White who are tasked with recapping two action packed days at CM. We cover the completion of the Kawaga competition and our Lazy Day recovery after 2 long days at camp. I hope you enjoy!
On this VERY special episode of the Camp Cast, Jason sits down with 4 alumni and ten year club members, Andrew Blechman, Taylor Beauseigneur, Justin Schoeneman and Jonah Weiss. Our topic today: the big competition between Menominee and our good friends and biggest rivals Camp Kawaga. We talk about the all of the life lessons our boys take away from these 2 intense days at camp, how important it is to compete as Team Menominee once each summer, what this event means to the Menominee Family each year, and share some personal competition stories.
On this high energy episode of The Word I am joined by Cabin 13 residents Adam Stein and Zach Ben-Isvy to talk about another perfect day at camp, which ended in a fun-filled carnival where we were lucky enough to host the girls from Camp Agawak.
On this extra special episode of The Word, I am joined by campers Max Kirsch and Zach Meyers to recap another near perfect day at camp. We cover their plan for this evenings camp fire "Lip Sync Night", the start of our MCAA League action, a number of Menominee firsts and much more.
On this episode of The Word, I am joined by Cabin 10 member Jack Forman to break down the first full day of second session including our exciting Twilight League surprise start, our first round of big ten activities and much more.
On this episode of The Word, I am joined by our Waterfront Director Jeremy Kohlenbrener and returning (after 9 year hiatus) counselor Victor Rudo to talk about a glorious opening day to the 2nd session.
Today on The Word Jason is joined by our Media Director Erica Baker and Head Counselor Josh Ingram. We talk about another cloudless day at CM, congratulate our 3 new waterskiers, break down tonights dance competition and much more. I hope you enjoy!
Menominee has got talent...and not just on the courts and fields. On this episode of The Word we have camper Harry Steiner join us to break down the Menominee Rock Band show that took place this evening, as well as recap another perfect day at the friendly confines.
On today's Word we are doing a Trip Week Mega Podcast! We are lucky enough to have 2 representatives from all of our trip week groups to come on and talk to us about their trip. We cover the canoe trips (1:28), Wisconsin Dells (12:16), Minneapolis (17:34) and White Water Rafting (22:56). Enjoy!!
On this very special episode of the Camp Cast our Junior age group takeover continues. I am joined by Cooper Borstein and Jaden Donsky to talk all things trip week and break down a brand new camp game that they invented to play with their friends.
On this episode of The Word, I am joined by Jason Plotkin and Cade Colby. We discuss a triple threat of B&A activities, a great counselor victory over Kawaga and a picturesque Way ceremony to end the day.
Today I am lucky enough to be joined by campers Ethan Mann and Miles Provus to discuss an action packed day at Menominee! Topics include their thoughts on our instructional activities this year, King of the Camp standings and the start of British and American!
On this very special episode of the CampCast, Jason hands over the hosting duties to internationally known parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa (Dr.G, AskDrG.com). Dr. G asked the questions that so many first year campers and parents want to know. They cover topics like: what it is like to get off the bus that first day, what you'll see and experience in your first 24 hours at camp, what to expect the first night of camp, adjusting to cabin life, and much more.
Jean, a First-Year camp parent shares with you a strategy for making it through your first summer at camp (as a parent). Listen to the daily affirmations she told herself that we have called “Momtras”.
This episode was by far one of our most informative. Jason and Youth Development Director Jeff Toombs sit down with Parents Jean and Gary, and their son Reed shortly after Reeds first summer at camp. We cover a wide range of topics including not knowing anyone at camp, homesickness, nervous parents, making new friends at camp, difficult first nights away, being sick at camp, advice for new parents and what to expect from letters home. This is a must listen for any new family as it provides insights and advice that you need going into your first summer.
Jason and Youth Development Director Jeff Toombs sit down with camp parents Jean, Gary and their son Reed shortly after Reeds first summer at camp. They share their thoughts about the Big Brother program at camp, discuss how supportive some of the current parents were leading up to camp, how easy Reed found it to try new things at camp, and they all provide their thoughts on Menominee philosophies as it relates to our program and competition.
Camper Eli Lundy anchors this episode of the CampCast with an awesome interview with Rory Kramer. Rory tours the world as a photographer and videographer for some of the biggest names in music, like the Chainsmokers and Justin Bieber. Rory shares some stories from his time on the road, what drives him and his advice for kids out there about conquering their fears and being their best selves.
This is the first of 2 Camp Cast episodes recorded over the summer with the CREATOR and originator of the Menominee Camp Cast - Eli Lundy. Eli interviews some campers and tells you about whats going on at camp.
Camp parents Colleen and Blair Feldman return to the Camp Cast to talk about their experience working at camp. They share some insights that every parent should know and give the behind the scenes scoop about what actually goes on at camp.
Camp parents Colleen and Blair Feldman join Jason for a lively discussion about what it is like to send their son to camp with severe food allergies. Topics include: what is meal time like for camp boys with allergies? Is the food actually good? How do we make sure the boys get a balanced and nutritious diet at camp? How parents of allergy campers get comfortable sending their son to camp...and how they sleep at night. How to prepare as a parent, camper and camp director.