Hi everybody--I'd just like to express my gratitude to SCSA, Si, and especially Maddog, along with everyone else who has taken the initiative and devoted your time and resources to making this thing happen. This could be a REALLY good thing we've got going here.
Just so everyone knows, I am willing and happy to take on any role whatsoever for this camp, as I know many other EpicSki pros are. But this is a "self-directed" camp, and as such, I think it would be inappropriate for any of us instructors to assume a leadership role--or any role, for that matter, until "the group" directs us to. It would make sense to choose a "camp director" to take ultimate responsibility for the format of the camp and to assign instructors to each group, but choosing that person should be up to the group.
The truly unique thing about this camp, and the aspect that I think we must preserve and cultivate above all else, is its self-determining nature. That's also its biggest challenge. If it's going to have any consistent "signature" format at all, ultimately, someone's going to have to take on the responsibility for shaping and overseeing it. I'd love to see a loose format with a syllabus that determines to some extent WHAT is covered, but that leaves each instructor entirely free to determine HOW to address that content, according to his/her individual strengths and the makeup and desires of the group.
While inconsistency can be the death of a ski instruction program, the wealth of talent and diversity of perspectives of the EpicSki pros should be allowed to flourish, unhindered by an overly restrictive format!
This is a somewhat delicate, potentially sensitive area, but it must be addressed: Many of the EpicSki pros, myself included, have expressed the willingness to lead a group, or not to, or to help in any way. But none, that I'm aware of, has gone beyond that statement yet.
Nor should we! I'm sure I speak for many when I say--please don't take our silence here as lack of interest! To preserve this "self-directed" thing, we really need you all--those who want to attend--to somehow figure out who you want to ski with, who, if anyone, you want to "direct" the camp, and so on. Few of the pros here would be reluctant to take on any role, but we really need you to tell us!
If it helps, I nominate Maddog as the interim "director"--if you're willing to accept this role, Mark--to continue to take the lead for now, as we move to the next stage. Mark has done a great job so far. He has also selflessly expressed that he is "eminently unqualified" to get into directing the content and format of the camp itself. I agree that that is where a teaching pro should probably step in, but I'm happy to recognize Mark's authority to determine who that should be. Any pros object? Mark--you OK with that? Anyone else have other ideas?
I hope that this message is helpful, and not inappropriate. My engine is revved up, but I'll wait until I get a green light to pop the clutch!
Now--back to our regularly scheduled drought.... Anyone know how to do a rain/snow dance?