Brad Hauter figures holding a Coop Camp was a natural fit.
“I’m a soccer coach by trade, so having camps are a vehicle of learning that I’ve had my feet in for a couple of decades,” said Hauter, who will begin his 11th season as DePauw University men’s soccer coach this fall.
Hauter, who grew up in Zionsville, is the host of a reality TV show, “Coop Dreams.” The show is shooting its fourth season, set to air this summer on Discovery Network’s Destination America channel. It’s about an everyday dad who starts with four chickens as a path toward a more grounded and sustainable lifestyle. Now Hauter, who lives in Marshall, Ill., has 30 chickens, four goats, three horses and is getting started with bees.
Hauter will hold Coop Camp at Zionsville’s Lions Park from April 27 to 29.
“As we started to learn different and better ways to care for your backyard flock, all this information we were learning isn’t always able to transfer into a 30-minute episode,” Hauter said. “So we wanted to have some workshops, some speakers and some of the great people we are meeting on our travels come and present. And (it’s) for backyard chicken keepers to have a weekend getaway where they can talk chickens and learn to be better ambassadors for their backyard flock and learn about new practices and products that are out there.”
Some of the speakers include Patricia Wakenell, a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and Dr. Brigid McCrea, a Ph.D. from Auburn University
“We have the two Creative Chicks that have been on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ and the ‘Puppy Bowl,’” Hauter said. “They have a chicken that plays the piano. I think the video of it got close to 40 million views. They’re coming out to talk about the chicken-enrichment things they do. We have our bee coach is who coming to talk about bees and chickens together.”
Longtime Zionsville residents Davi Reynolds and Reid Sprenkel are co-producers of “Coop Dreams,” and Coop Camp partners in the production studio Faded Jeans with Hauter.
“There are goodie bags everyone gets with samples and coupons,” Hauter said of the Coop Camp. “There are door prizes and chicken poop bingo to raise money for our Coop for Troops program.”
“Coop for Troops” is a syndicated TV show on a variety of networks. It features the therapeutic value of raising chicken for military veterans, Hauter said.
All Indianapolis area residents can enter the discount code INDY when registering for Coop Camp for half off of registration, $95 instead of $199. For more, visit abcsportscamps.com/coopdreams/.