Dr. Christopher Thurber founded CampSpirit, LLC, in New Hampshire in 2000, the same year that he and Dr. Jon Malinowski published The Summer Camp Handbook . Since that time, CampSpirit has functioned as the business entity through which Chris conducts training and consultation with schools, camps, parks & recs, and other youth-serving organizations.
CampSpirit is widely recognized by industry experts as synonymous with the highest quality on-site and online education for professional educators and youth leaders alike. On behalf of CampSpirit, Dr. Thurber has provided customized, on-site training to more than 250 schools, camps, and communities. He has partnered with top-tier organizations on five continents and delivered keynotes at national and international conferences. For example, in 2018, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine invited Dr. Thurber to present workshops at the Royal Palace in Belgrade, Serbia, for the annual gathering of the country’s 600 high school valedictorians. Read about this special event here.
In 2008, Dr. Thurber and Mr. Evan Heltay, CEO of Target Directories Corp in Toronto, founded Expert Online Training, which hosts a library of training videos for youth leaders. The huge success of EOT eventually led to the founding of a second company: Expert Online Training, LLC. In 2019, Dr. Thurber sold his interest in EOT to Mr. Heltay in order to focus solely on content creation for schools and camps, leaving the business operations to Mr. Heltay.