Most importantly, Nathan Brant is a husband and father.

On a sidenote, he is also an energetic camp director, author, trainer, and speaker trying to change the world one child at a time. His blog, Summer Camp Source, is meant as a resource for parents and others interested in the value of the summer camp experience.   Currently, Nathan serves as the CEO of the South Mountain YMCA Camps, home of Camp Conrad Weiser and the Bynden Wood Day Camp (  For additional resources published by Nathan, take a look at the links listed on the lower right side of this page.

Recently, Nathan released a compilation of essays from around the camping industry entitled Trail Heads:  Thoughts from the Camping ProfessionFor more information, or to download the free e-book, see below.


Trail Heads has been an attempt to collect the best conversations, thoughts and ideas your colleagues have had throughout 2010.  When I put out the call for submissions, I asked people to tell us about the future of camping.  Where are we going?  Who will we be serving?  How will we be telling our stories?  Why is camping still relevant?

Camp people responded.  I enjoyed reading each of these submissions, and I hope you do, as well.  At the end of each essay, the authors share their contact information so you can continue the conversation in 2011.  Remember, you no longer have to be at a conference to talk with your peers—you can shoot them an email, friend them on Facebook, connect with them on LinkedIn or follow them on Twitter.

With the advent of social media, I have been shocked by the amount of content camping professionals have been willing to share with one another.  I have been even more shocked by how few people are taking advantage of these resources.  On the next page I have included the authors’ websites, blogs or profiles.  Visit them.  Read what they have to share.  Let it fuel you on to your next great idea!

To download the free PDF, visit the Summer Camp Theme Guy website at




We’ll see you at Camp!