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This afternoon, I'll have the privilege of presenting a "hot topics" session at the Leaders Assembly of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, where I'll present some results from this past summer, along with thoughts about how to move this concept forward into this coming summer. (The session will also highlight some innovative professional development programs run by individual camps.) 

Last summer, this project was evaluated by the individual participants at the end of each visit, and by the participating camp directors after the summer ended. From these evaluations, we've put together a report on the project's strengths and successes, as well as several areas for improvement in future years: Camp Supervisor Exchange Project - Final Evaluation Report

As always, I welcome all comments, feedback, and suggestions, from participants, participating directors, and interested observers. I'm especially interested in talking with community members who are interested in using or adapting this framework for their own organization. Please drop me a line at, and we can find a time to talk! 
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Noah displays the newly-completed workbooks, to help project participants frame their visits!

I'm excited to announce that we've mailed our workbooks! After several weeks of writing, editing, and assembling the workbooks, they're on their way to the nine participating camps, where supervisors will use them before, during, and after their visits. The pre-visit conversation, with the director of their home camp, will help the supervisors set goals for their visit. Later, the post-visit conversation will help them select ideas for implementation, and secure buy-in from colleagues. But the core of the workbook encompasses seven content areas with prompts and questions designed to optimize the observation process. . 

The tabs in that section are my favorite part of the whole workbook. (And they only took a few hours to cut and assemble!) Since the supervisors will be inundated with sights, programs, and ideas throughout their visit, I created a handy set of tabs to allow them to instantly flip to the relevant section and record their findings. This allows them to spend more time observing, and less time fiddling with the workbook. 

This seems like a good time to credit my project mentor, Sarah Raful Whinston, with the initial idea for pocket-sized workbooks. As we were struggling with formatting late this spring, and trying to avoid bulky clipboards or floppy packets, she suggested a quarter-fold booklet. We realized that participants could carry them easily and constantly, and that it would feel a little more professional than a set of printed-out pages. Just one of Sarah's valuable contributions to this process! 

Ultimately, I'm thrilled that we're about to start testing this project! The first camp visit is this coming Thursday, and I can't wait to see how well these materials work in the field, and how we can improve them for future use. As always, check back here on the blog for more exciting updates!
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Photo credit: Total selfshot!

As I sit here at Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, my home base for the summer, the visit schedule is firming up, and numerous camps are sharing their excitement about the project. Check back frequently for updates and photos as I accompany the project participants on their explorations!