I clearly love transportation and as a matter of fact as a kid I was always in awe of the industry! I have great childhood memories of going to a local municipal airport with my dad and having breakfast while watching small planes take off! I remember riding the NJ transit bus and train into New York City and enjoying the ride. Many of you know I love boats and ships, and my dream came true on semester at sea during college when I sailed around the world on an old cruise ship for an entire semester. So yes, I love all modes of transportation.
Well today, for the first time, I am riding on an Amtrak train. I am sure most of you are laughing saying what is the big deal, its a train! But to me, its another mode of travel and I have always wanted to experience it. The real reason for me riding the rails today was to attend a conference in nyc organize by the American Camping Association (ACA). Brian and I both attended this conference which featured 3 speakers. The one that I found most pertinent and interesting spoke about social media, ie Facebook, twitter, and blogs.
He mentioned a few ideas which perhaps we will setup and use in the coming months, but most of what he talked about we already do through our own website and these blogs! As I have said before, its refreshing to hear that we are keeping up with the times and in many cases are ahead of the game and our competition. Of course we all know they don’t have a chance up against canadensis!
I also of course enjoy sitting in a room with others that share my passion and job and got to see a lot of familiar faces and friends who work at other camps. We compared notes a bit from the past summer and discussed a few ideas, etc. All in all, a very nice, informative day.
Rewind to last night. Pam, our new assistant director, has been putting together, camp get togethers for new young professionals in the local Philadelphia area. A few weeks ago, we held our first meeting with 6 camp directors in attendance and last night doubled it to 12! Way to go Pam and I look forward to this new organization really taking off. Pam planned a game of quizzo/trivia which we ended up not playing last night but will use in a few weeks at our 3rd meeting.
Speaking of Pam, she and I will be visiting camp families in the coming weeks, so if you would like to meet her, or you want my autograph or the today show logo (just kidding), let me know and we will plan a night to come visit! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Of course Brian continues to do home visits as well, and hopefully we can cover even more terrain by all of us visiting homes. Plus who wants to sit in an office, when you have an excuse to visit camp families and have fun talking camp!
I am on my way home to Philly on the train and then will be catching up tonight on work. Tomorrow and Friday I will be in the office all day and look forward to the weekend when my girlfriend, oops fiancé, Robin, will be flying up for a bat mitzvah this coming weekend!
Hope everyone is doing well and keep checking back as Matt and I will be headed to camp overnight sun into Mon and we will post pics and video of camp!
Here’s a picture from Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah which took place on Saturday Night! Mazel Tov Rachel!!