Camp Cast

Camp Cast

By Camp Menominee
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!
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July 15 2019 - What Time Is It? Green Nation Time!
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.
20:05
July 16, 2019
July 14, 2019 - Meet Your Group Leaders and Directors
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!
33:11
July 15, 2019
July 11, 2019 - First Session Flew By
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. 
18:31
July 12, 2019
July 10, 2019 - A King is Crowned
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.
13:50
July 11, 2019
Woody's Word (7/9/19) - The Playoffs Begin
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. 
10:12
July 10, 2019
July 7, 2019 - Ask the Director LIVE #3 and Town Day!
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!
21:12
July 8, 2019
June 6, 2019 - 'Camp Cast'/'Happy Camping and Love' Crossover Event!
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...
52:27
July 7, 2019
July 4-5 2019 - History Made at Marimeta
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. 
13:50
July 6, 2019
July 3 2019 - Canoeing and Copper Falls
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!
30:59
July 4, 2019
July 1, 2019 - A Canada Day for the Ages
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!
13:23
July 2, 2019
Ask the Director Week 2 - LIVE
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!
13:04
July 1, 2019
June 28-29 2019 - An Average Episode
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!
13:40
June 30, 2019
June 25-27 2019 - Late Night Fun
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!
16:56
June 28, 2019
June 24 2019 - Battling the Elements
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!
09:02
June 25, 2019
Ask the Director LIVE - June 23 2019
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!
15:27
June 24, 2019
June 22, 2019 - Where Has the Week Gone?
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!
07:18
June 23, 2019
June 21, 2019 - End of the Week (or is it?)
On this VERY special episode of the Podcast Jason is lucky to be joined by not one, but TWO Feldmans! Brother's Jonah and Finn join Jason in pod center today to recap another great day at camp. Enjoy!
12:09
June 22, 2019
June 20, 2019 - Thursday Already
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!
10:44
June 21, 2019
June 19 2019 Recap - Square Off!
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. 
08:13
June 20, 2019
June 18, 2019 - We Got Spirit!
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...
10:04
June 19, 2019
The Word - June 17, 2019
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! 
16:19
June 18, 2019
Best of 2018 and A Look Ahead
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. 
1:39:16
January 2, 2019
Alumni Nostalgia to the Max
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!
51:26
November 19, 2018
We're Back! November News and Updates
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.
23:06
November 8, 2018
Woody's Word (August 8, 2018) - I LOVE THIS CAMP
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.
26:31
August 9, 2018
Woody's Word (August 6, 2018) - To Menominee We Sing
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.
16:01
August 7, 2018
Woody's Word (August 1-3, 2018) - Nothing Can Stop Us
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.
14:44
August 4, 2018
Woody's Word (July 31, 2018) - A Color War Extraveganza
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.
13:04
August 1, 2018
Woody's Word (July 29, 2018) - A Sneak Peak
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.
19:45
July 30, 2018
Woody's Word (July 27-28, 2018) - The REAL Woody's Word
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.
09:00
July 29, 2018
Woody's Word (July 26, 2018) - Participating in Every Way We Can
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.
08:04
July 28, 2018
Woody's Word (July 24-25, 2018) - Victory, Relaxing and Recovering
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!
16:05
July 26, 2018
Woody's Word (July 23, 2018) - Competition Day 1
On this episode of The Word, I am joined by camper (and future sports reporter) Leo Necheles to recap our first day of competition events and look ahead to Day 2.
12:58
July 24, 2018
Woody's Word (July 21, 2018) - 5 Year Night
On this episode of The Word we recap a very special and sacred 5 Year Night Ceremony where we inducted 20 new members to the club!
04:24
July 22, 2018
Camp Cast - Significance of the CM vs. CK Competition
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.
28:45
July 22, 2018
Woody's Word (July 19, 2018) - Fields of Dreams
On this episode of The Word, I am joined by not 1, but 2 Fields! Brothers Tyler and Zach stop by the pod center to recap another spectacular day at the friendly confines. Enjoy!
08:28
July 20, 2018
Woody's Word (July 18, 2018) - Welcome to our Carnival
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.
07:19
July 19, 2018
Woody's Word (July 17, 2018) - There's a First Time for Everything
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.
09:24
July 18, 2018
Woody's Word (July 16, 2018) - Fire and Ice
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.
08:28
July 17, 2018
Woody's Word (July 15, 2018) - 2nd Session Begins
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.
10:47
July 16, 2018
Woody's Word (July 12, 2018) - First Session Recap
Today Jason is joined by the entire CIT cabin on the to recap the day and the entire first session. We look back on Trip Week, Big Ten, King of the Camp, Competitions, Skit Nights and much more!
10:55
July 13, 2018
Woody's Word (July 10, 2018) - It's a Wonderful Night for Dance-Off
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!
06:12
July 11, 2018
Woody's Word (July 9, 2018) - I Want It That Way
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.
05:28
July 10, 2018
Woody's Word (July 7, 2018) - Trip Week Mega Pod!
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!!
30:04
July 8, 2018
Woody's Word (July 6, 2018) - Attack of the Juniors!
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.
08:16
July 7, 2018
Woody's Word (July 5, 2018) - Tripping Over Ourselves
On this AMAZING episode of The Word, I am joined by campers Jonah Feldman and Daniel Shamah to recap the start of trip week, and a Junior/Intermediate takeover of camp.
07:36
July 6, 2018
Woody's Word (July 4, 2018) - Koz is America
On this Independence Day episode of The Word, I am joined by Head Counselor Josh Ingram to recap a perfect 4th of July at CM.
07:16
July 5, 2018
Woody's Word (July 3, 2018) - The Perfect Setting
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.
06:21
July 4, 2018
Woody's Word (July 2, 2018) - Say You Want a Revolution
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!
07:12
July 3, 2018
Woody's Word (June 30, 2018) - The Sun, Wind...and Rain
Today, campers Asher and Charlie join me to recap the day.
06:07
July 1, 2018
Woody's Word (June 29, 2018) - We're Having a Heat Wave
Check out another great audio version of Woody's Word with special camper guests!
05:28
June 30, 2018
Woody's Word June 27-28, 2018
Today we are trying an audio version of Woody's Word. Hope you enjoy!
05:32
June 29, 2018
Dr. Deborah Gilboa (Ask Dr. G)
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.
31:29
April 26, 2018
"Momtras", Advice for New Camp Parents
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”.
04:51
April 12, 2018
Discussion with a First Year Family
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.
38:05
April 10, 2018
First Year Camp Family (Part 2)
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.
18:33
April 7, 2018
Interview with Influencer Rory Kramer
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.
12:37
April 6, 2018
What's Up at Camp? Hosted by Camper Eli Lundy
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.
13:43
April 5, 2018
Being a Parent 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.
11:54
April 5, 2018
Food Allergies 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.
24:29
April 4, 2018
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