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March 10, 2022

Taking Camp to the Next Level: Ed Metzendorf's Pivot from Tech

Taking Camp to the Next Level: Ed Metzendorf's Pivot from Tech

This conversation highlights how Ed left his own software company to transform his childhood love for summer camp into a thriving business. He walks us through how he's created an innovative and sustainable model that emphasizes the importance of balancing intensive sports and academic training with activities that allow kids to be kids.


Ed Metzendorf is a self-proclaimed camp geek and it wasn't long before he walked away from a career in software to become founder of the successful chain of Next Level Day Camps in the Northeast. However, his transition wasn't as unrelated as meets the eye. In 2000, he developed Bunk1.com, a summer camp technology company, which paved the runway for his big leap to doing what he loves most for a living. Listen in to this week's episode for Ed's take on the importance of balancing intensive sports and academic training with activities that allow kids to be kids, pivoting business through COVID-19, and the long-term value of keeping a hobby/side-hustle.