Tonight, from 9-11 p.m. EST (7-9 p.m. MST), Sanborn Western Camps is sponsoring a #GNO Twitter Party with host Mom It Forward about The Benefits of Summer Camp and Why Outdoor Play is Important for Kids.
The Twitter hashtag #gno stands for “Girls (& Guys!) Night Out”. Once you are on Twitter, do a search on the hashtags #gno and #sanborncamps to join the chat or click here to follow the chat using Tweetgrid. This promises to be a very informative, fun conversation with folks from all over the country. It will get you pumped up to pick a great camp for your kids this summer as well as give you fantastic outdoor adventure ideas for the whole family!
Sanborn Western Camps is giving away a full Sanborn Junior tuition (or a 1/2 tuition for the full term) for summer 2011 or 2012, based on availability. Visit momitforward.com for more details on how to enter.
We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our panelists for tonight’s #gno party. They are great people to follow on Twitter and in the blogosphere. We look forward to their insights and contributions during tonight’s event. Think summer!
Our tremendous panelists are:
@acacamps The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Because of our diverse 7,000 plus membership and our exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living — lessons that can be learned nowhere else. Dani Shaw (@DaniShaw), self-proclaimed “techno-naturalist” who also happens to be the Field Executive for ACA Texhoma, will be tweeting for @acacamps tonight. Dani’s twitter tagline “wandering but not lost” sums it up for many of us who love the unlimited possibilities of the outdoors. Learn more about ACA and their rigorous camp accreditation process by visiting www.acacamps.org.
@acacampparents CampParents.org is a comprehensive summer camp resource for families—offering expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of importance to families. ACA helps you find the right camp for every child. Dawn Swindle, head of ACA Publications (both print and web) will be tweeting using @acacampparents during tonight’s #gno Twitter party. With her years at ACA, and as a long time camp professional, Dawn is a great resource for parents and camp professionals alike. Learn more about Dawn and use the impressive camp finder tool at www.campparents.org
@balmeras Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru, is an award-winning author, web producer, and eLearning designer. Bethe is the Director of Education & Outreach for Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play. Co-founder of the National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour®, she has been connecting people with play and nature for many years. A gifted speaker and trainer, Bethe also specializes in inclusive education and accessibility issues for individuals with disabilities. We love Bethe because, as she says, “I also believe that childhood was meant to be messy. Muddy. Slimy. Silly. And most of all, joyful. Steeped in awe and wonder, childhood should be spent outdoors as much as possible, and should rely on imagination and whimsy as much as it does on rules and regulations. I firmly believe that nature is the best therapist and teacher any of us will ever have, and that the magic of childhood should be rooted there, and the peace of adulthood is waiting there. It’s not only in nature, but the connections we make with ourselves, and each other, when we slow down long enough to notice the beauty around us and simply play.” Agreed! Visit her at www.grassstainguru.com
@banteringblonde Fiona Bryan is a techno-goddess. She blogs about social media and all things “banter-worthy” at Banteringblonde.com, was a 2009 Top #50 Tweeple on PRSarahEvans.com, and writes regularly for the popular blog Technorati. Her passion for motivating and empowering women to be positive role models for their families led her to found MomActive in early 2009. Momactive is a multi-media outreach initiative that includes a weekly Blog Talk Radio program, MomTV live stream video program, and the MomActive.com community and blog. Sanborn Western Camps has partnered with Fiona on MomTV and looks forward to hosting an upcoming moms retreat with her at The Nature Place. As a former camper and active alum of New England Music Camp (@nemusiccamp), Fiona appreciates and understands the growth and wisdom that comes from a summer camp experience.
@CarissaRogers Carissa Rogers is “a Mom of all trades…a Jack of NONE.” She is a consummate blogger, reader and co-founder of the MomItForward and #gno concept. She has three wonderful children and, like many panelists, believes in Manifest Destiny…and she just keeps going West. She writes about her family, blogging and social media tips, great books she’s read, and really tasty recipes (some of which may find their way into the Sanborn Western Camps kitchens this summer!). We are excited to have Carissa as a panelist because she knows all of the tricks and tips to make everyone’s ideas and voices heard. Read more about All Things Carissa at www.goodncrazy.com
@chatterboxcgc Christie Crowder would fit in perfectly at camp: she is creative, clever, candid, and always heavily caffeinated…not to mention that she has an inner “Solid Gold Dancer” (think Ms. Sanborn circa 1996). She ditched corporate America and her own successful project management firm to become a full time author/blogger, certified life coach, and now, certified social media consultant. Through writing and coaching, she helps others discover their true passions and entrepreneurial spirit. She is co-founder of The BlogRollers Media, a contributor and Executive Editor for the Work & Business section of HybridMom.c om, the host of The ChatterBox Show, and is launching a new internet video show called The Coolest Things Show this month. We are excited and honored to have Christie’s humorous wisdom as part of our panel. Visit her at Inside The ChatterBox
@ChildrenNature The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being. Typically hosted by Suz Lipman (@slowfamily) who is a writer, blogger at www.slowfamilyonline.com, soapcrafter, jammaker, hiker, retro-enthusiast, and who claims she will work for peace, justice & cheese. For @ChildrenNature, Suz shares incredible information, research, and cutting edge ideas with parents, educators, researchers, camps and like-minded organizations who are passionate about getting kids outdoors. Tonight @ChildrenNature will be hosted by Rue Mapp (@outdoorafro) of www.outdoorafro.com
@CraftyMamaof4 Kim Janocko IS a Crafty Mama! With her sidekicks Mr. Z, Pookey, Boo and Bubba (not to mention three dogs and a few large piles of laundry), Kim manages a busy household, a fantastic blog, and manages to make crafts. (We see a future Arts and Crafts Coordinator…or maybe someone our A & C coordinator should emulate!) With great coupons, giveaways, craft ideas, recipes and a quality gift guide for all ages, the CraftyMamaof4.com blog is one not to miss.
@evolvingmommy Catherine is a Colorado mom who has a beautiful, graceful blog that shares insights about life, motherhood, terrific recipes, and the elusive search for balance. Evolving Mommy is a chronicle of her journey as a mother and her search for balance. Searching for balance is an interesting ride, to say the least. I learned a lot about myself after becoming a wife and mother but the learning and growth didn’t stop there. It may sound corny but everyday is a chance to learn something about myself, the people I care about and the world around me. Catherine has a beautiful daughter, Maddy, who we hope will someday be a High Trails gal. www.evolvingmommy.com
@JylMomIF Jyl Johnson Pattee lives, works, and breathes a special kind of magic. As the founder of MomItForward.com, Jyl combines a passion for communication and people, and she launched the site in 2008 with the mission to “change the world one mom at a time.” We think the concept is a perfect use for value-added social media (and a great metaphor for human relations all the way around)—great ideas are TOO great not to be shared. She is THE hostess of the weekly #gno parties on Twitter, which started in September 2008. Jyl is known as a “connector” who brings good ideas and people together both on and offline to make a positive impact for causes and brands through education and sharing of experiences. Jyl is also a tremendous mother to two active boys, an intrepid traveler, the creator of the EVO conference, a wonderful writer, an occasionally irreverent wife to Troy, and a great friend to any parent online. Please take the time to visit her and learn more about Jyl, the EVO conference, the Mom It Forward movement, #gno and much, much more at www.momitforward.com.
@outdoorafro During her childhood, founder Rue Mapp split her time between urban Oakland, California and her families’ working ranch in the Northern woodlands, where she cultivated a passion for natural spaces, farming, and learned how to hunt and fish. As a youth, her participation in the Girl Scouts and Outward Bound broadened her outdoor experiences, such as camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, and road bicycling. But Rue was troubled by the consistently low numbers of African Americans participating in these activities. So for two decades, Rue has used digital media as an important and practical tool to connect with people of color who share her outdoor interests. We are thrilled to have Rue on our panel tonight tweeting on behalf of @ChildrenNature. Be sure to visit www.outdoorafro.com to read her blog and learn more about the community.
@sanborncamps Ariella Rogge, Program Director/Assistant Director/Outdoor (and indoor) Eductor/Social Media Junkie/Mom of Two Boy Wonders/Toilet Plunger, manages the @sanborncamps Twitter account both day (and more consistently) by night. Ariella has been involved in some capacity (see “Toilet Plunger”) at Sanborn Western Camps since she was 12. She is a true believer in the transformational power of the camp experience for all children because for her, like Richard Louv (author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder) says, “The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.” She would love to answer any questions you might have about summer camp (or help direct you to the right person!)—either at Sanborn or anywhere else—feel free to email her at ariella at sanbornwesterncamps dot com.
@SITSGirls Where to begin? Tiffany Romero is one of the most multi-faceted, intelligent women we know…and, yes, we are biased because she also runs Tocaloma, an incredible day camp in California. As one of the founders of The SITS Girls (The Secret to Success Is Support), Tiffany takes her myriad skills on the road to lead Bloggy Boot Camps all over the country. These training camps give women the opportunity to increase their understanding of blogging and social media, while sitting next to their favorite people from their online world. Tiffany is also the Southern Section chair of WAIC (Western Association of Independent Camps) and keeps those in the WAIC and the ACA community aware of the positive impact technology can have on camp professionals. Check out everything Tiffany does online at thesitsgirls.com. You can also follow her other Twitter handles, @TiffanyRom and @CampDirectr
@TeacherMomOfTwo By day, Diana is a French teacher. At home, she is a multi-tasking wife and a mother to two darling children. One question which challenges Diana (and all of us) is: how do you find a balance between work life and family life? Or rather, can you? For Diana it is recognizing the little things and realizing they matter most. Her blog, TorontoTeacherMom.com, began to record memories of my kids as they grow up and to connect with other. With great giveaways, excellent insights, and articles ranging from obscure board games to tips on getting your kiddos to bed her blog is one not to miss!
@TroyPattee Troy Pattee is a Man Among Women. Troy is THE “G” in #GNO. Troy’s wife, Jyl, founded the Twitter #GNO (Girls Night Out) party—and has brought her affable “Guy” with her to every event. @sanborncamps first connected on Twitter with Troy—and later with Jyl—because he has an unnerving propensity to be skiing EXACTLY when we wish WE were skiing (and, we’ll admit it, sometimes the snow IS better in Utah). Troy has a fabulous blog called Dadventurous.com where he will be sharing tales and adventures with other like minded dads…and—knowing Troy–probably moms, too. Check out the blog at www.dadventurous.com and hang with him during the weekly Tuesday night #gno Twitter parties.