Last year I was the program director for Art Camp and ran a podcast entitled Marry Me with my assistant director Cullen Dolson. In the midst of planning out evening programs for the summer an idea hit: what if we did an episode of Marry Me as a live EP, fielding marriage advice questions from campers? What resulted was a wonderfully fun snapshot of camp (thanks in part to Bishop Susan Goff, the third and most intelligent adviser on the episode). After the show went surprisingly well, we were talking to Paris and I spontaneously pitched doing a camp podcast and she seemed excited enough that when I brought it up six months later she was still on board.
I didn't know what the Shrine Mont Camp Cast would be when I pitched it, other than an excuse to visit a place once a week that has been a second home to me since 2012. What it became was a new way to tell the story of camp, not a one-on-one interview with a staff member every week but multiple voices telling the story. Shrine Mont Camps has always been a place where different voices can thrive in the same environment, something I hope to capture with the Camp-Cast. You won't hear from me much in this show, but what you will hear are the voices of Shrine Mont Camps telling the story as it unfolds. In our first episode we're beginning where every summer begins: Training Week.
Oh, and before I go, we're closing every episode of the show with an individual camp story - it can be funny, poignant, whatever comes to mind when you think of Shrine Mont Camps. So if you have a story to share, please send an audio file to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kevin Cole
Spreading the good news of Shrine Mont Camps into the Valley of the World.
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