Camp Maintenance and Facility Planning - A Three Part Recorded Webinar Series

Recorded Webinar Series

View all three camp maintenance webinars at one time! (or purchase individually)

Webinar 1
Developing a Preventative Maintenance Plan
with Dave Sherry
This webinar explores the importance of preventative maintenance and identifies strategies staff can implement at their own site. Simple solutions and easy to create tools will help camp staff develop an intentional maintenance plan that will lead to well-maintained facilities and property.

Learner Outcomes
Participants will: (1) learn the importance of a preventative maintenance plan as a dimension of site and facility management (2) explore common components of a preventative maintenance plan, and (3) share strategies for developing of a preventative maintenance plan.

Webinar 2
Projects on a Nickel: Cost Effective & Simple Ways to Improve your Camp Site
with Dave Sherry and Tom Neppl
This presentation explores a range of practical, cost-effective and simple ways camp staff can improve the appearance and functionality of their property and facilities. Specific projects will be discussed, including suggested ways to create a unified vision of your grounds, landscaping techniques to accent important structures and entrances and simple, yet effective tasks your staff can do to spruce up your camp’s site and buildings.

Learner Outcomes
Participants will: (1) understand the relationship between camp site condition, program quality, and user satisfaction, (2) learn strategies for low-cost camp site improvement, and (3) discuss other budget-friendly approaches for site and facility management.

Webinar 3
Your Site and Facility Considerations for Reconnecting Children and Nature
with Tom Neppl
Many environmental education centers operate as though they have both “site” (property) AND “facilities” (buildings), viewing them as distinct and separate entities. Most centers have both developed areas and natural areas and may even design their environmental education programs to use these areas independently. This model undoubtedly provides quality environmental education in most places, yet there remains an opportunity for camps and environmental education centers to more effectively utilize their site and facilities to fully embrace environmental stewardship. This presentation provides the perspectives from both a landscape architect and a camp director to this issue, summarizing case studies and suggesting practices and techniques for environmental educators.

Learner Outcomes
Participants will:  (1) learn about the movement to reconnect children and nature and the underlying research and trends that support the movement, (2) discuss how site and facility considerations are a critical dimension of a participant’s connection with the natural world, and (3) understand specific site and facility development and management strategies that can enhance participants’ connections with nature.

Presenter Bios
David Sherry
began his camping career with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee as the Outdoor/Adventure Education Program Director at Camp Whitcomb–Mason, in Hartland, Wisconsin. From there he was the Camp Director at the Woodson YMCA–Camp Sturtevant in Wausau, Wisconsin where he operated the summer resident camp, day camp, teen programs, and climbing wall programs. He has been the Executive Director of the Des Moines Y–Camp, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, since January of 2001. Dave speaks regularly at regional camping events as both a keynote and an interest session presenter. He has served as a member of ACA’s National Standards Commission and sits on boards for multiple nonprofit organizations, including the ACA Great Rivers Board.  Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

Tom Neppl is a Landscape Architect and the owner of an environmental design firm that integrates scholarship and research into practice, serving clients with interests in the outdoors and the natural environment. He is an active member of ACA, Great Rivers, and when he’s not designing a camp master plan or conducting a standards visit, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son (all of whom are former and current summer campers).

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