ACA, Ohio Camping Conference Event Details

ACA Ohio Camping Conference
Thursday January 24, 2013
 

Join other camping professionals from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky at this great conference in Columbus, Ohio.  We promise shared knowledge, information you can take back and use in your programs now, and networking opportunities.  The conference also has two pre-conference events which have separate fees of $35.00 and $20.00each.  They overlap so that you can’t participate in both.  See descriptions at the bottom.  Also on the day before we have a full Standards Course and a Standards Update at the West Ohio Conference United Methodist Center with registration on our website at www.acacamps.org/ohio/

Keynote Speaker:
Joanna Warren Smith
, President of Camp Consulting Services has visited hundreds of not-for-profit and private camps.  Through her on-site evaluation process, she has acquired a unique industry perspective of best business practices as they impact summer and year-round participation numbers.
Ongoing focus groups with children, teens and parents have enabled Joanna to understand consumer product expectations.  She knows what motivates inquiries and influences sales. Through individualized strategies, Joanna has enabled new camps to develop, assisted troubled businesses in their efforts to achieve financial sustainability and she has been instrumental in the continuing success of established companies.

Keynote Topic:
“Good Enough” Will Not Achieve Capacity Enrollments!
In the current competitive marketplace, sophisticated parents and their savvy kids will not settle for average programs, perfunctory customer service or adequate facilities.  If the true “value” of the experience … that is the benefits for the individual camper are not accurately articulated, delivered consistently and noticed by parents, then “true” capacity will never be achieved.

11:00 – 12:15  Optional Sessions – Pick one.
 

1A – “Day Camp is a License to Print Money … LOTS of it.”  This statement from a respected Y Camp Professional is true, but not applicable if your product is really ‘day care’ or glorified ‘babysitting’.  Today’s savvy, ‘helicopter’ parents know the difference and they will walk away if their child is not totally engaged from opening assembly to the closing ceremony of each day.  Fine tune your program so that children wake up in the morning and jump out of bed eager to get to camp.  That’s what real quality is all about and the way you can make money … lots of it.
Joanna Warren Smith (keynote speaker)

BIO – Joanna Warren Smith, President of Camp Consulting Services has visited hundreds of not-for-profit and private camps.  Through her on-site evaluation process, she has acquired a unique industry perspective of best business practices as they impact summer and year-round participation numbers.

1B – Landing Your Camp on the First Page of Google:  Optimizing your site for search engines can sometimes seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!  Learn the keys to building a well-organized, high-quality site that will up your Google rank and make your traffic explode!       
Peter Thomas Ross

BIO – Peter is the owner of an overnight camp in New Hampshire as well as the co-founder of a boutique web marketing agency in Boston called 829 Studios.  He has spoken on web strategy at ACA Tri-State and several MBA classes (e.g. Boston University, Boston College).
Peter has worked with 20+ camps and associations to redesign their online marketing and website strategy. 

1C – The 5 Love Languages:  Participants will take a Love Language test developed for camp staff based on the book “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People” By Gary Chapman and Paul White.  After identifying our Love Language, we will unpack each language, identify how knowing this about our staff is important and conclude with how to implement this with year round and seasonal staff and volunteers.  We will spend a brief moment exploring how to also use this with campers and guest.   
Eric Dingler

BIO - Eric has been the director of a growing and expanding Christian Camp and Conference Center for 12 years.

1D – Spend an Hour (and 15 minutes) with Tish:  Tish Bolger, ACA National President – Spend an Hour (and 15 minutes) with Tish: Spend some quality time with Tish who comes open and ready to listen. Come with questions, ideas, concerns and have an open and honest dialogue with OUR National President. Tish will talk about ACA’s future direction including the impact it has on you and your camp.

BIO - Tisha has served in senior executive leadership positions with youth serving agencies for 25 years, Tisha currently serves as chief operating officer for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. In her role as COO, Tisha provides leadership for all programs, membership, volunteer services and property departments, serving 44,000 girls and 17,000 adult volunteers in 49 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Tisha’s passion for all youth to reach their full potential started as a camper and camp staff at camp WeHaKee and extends through her work with other agencies that focus on youth development. Tisha currently serves as president of the board of directors of the American Camp Association. She also served as a board member and President of Teen Wise, formerly named Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP) and as a director for Face to Face Health and Counseling Services, Inc.  Tisha holds a master’s degree in education, recreation and outdoor education from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

 

1E – Staff Culture: What is that?    Walk away with useable ideas to incorporate into your camp to foster a staff culture of excellence.  These will include strategies to incorporate into staff training and creating the right environment to foster the right culture for your camp.
Scott Weigley

BIO - Scott Weigley has been the Camp Director at YMCA Camp Tippecanoe for the past six years.  Prior to taking the position in Ohio he was the Program Director at Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  He has been involved in the camping movement as a summer counselor, volunteer, board member and as a professional since 1997.  Before is jump into camping Scott worked in business development and relationship management in the financial services industry for five years.  His experiences and training in the corporate sector bring a different approach to non-profit camping.                

1F – REAL Risk Management – An ACA Perspective:  Risk Management in our camps is a REAL issue we deal with on a daily basis. ACA Inc has some REAL data – missed Standards, HOTLINE calls, Public Policy, Best Practices – that can assist every camp on dealing with these REAL issues. This is a must session for Directors and Upper Management (and anyone else dealing with Risk Management at camp).
Susan Yoder and Rich Garbinsky

BIO – Susan Yoder  is the Chief Public Policy and Outreach Officer for ACA Inc Staff

Rich Garbinsky is the President of Pinnacle Sports and an ACA Ohio and National Volunteer.

1G – On-line photo albums with your Camp:  This session will provide participants with the tools needed to take and share excellent photographs with parents.
Chris Lewis and Ed Metzendorf

BIO - Chris is the camp director at Camp Glen, the resident camp for Camp Fire Northwest Ohio.  With 15 years of professional camping experience, Chris has been using online photo albums to share photos from camp with parents for over 10 years. With experience as a professional photographer as well as a camp director he will share his knowledge and experience on how to effectively utilize websites and online services to share the camp experience with parents in real-time.
Ed, is the managing director for bunk one, one of the leading providers for online camp registration and photo album technology.

2:00 – 3:15  Optional Sessions – Pick one.

2A – It’s All About the TEAM:  Come join two seasoned facilitators to explore some teambuilding activities in an interactive session.  This session will be great for those new to teambuilding, those who haven’t facilitated in a while and for other veterans out there just looking for some fresh ideas.
Mike Ohl and Chris Lewis

BIO – Mike Ohl is the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Y-Noah in Akron, Ohio.  He is the Education Co-Chair for Ohio ACA Local Field Office and has been in camping since 1999.

Chris is the camp director at Camp Glen, the resident camp for Camp Fire Northwest Ohio.  Chris has been a facilitator of team building and ground initiatives for 17 years for youth and corporate groups.

2B – How to make Facebook work for you:  Love it or not, you are going to have to deal with Facebook.  Why not have it generate new enrollments for you each year.   Using a series of strategies, our camps have enjoyed a dramatic boost in late-season enrollment and we’ll tell you how!
Peter Thomas Ross

BIO – Peter is the owner of an overnight camp in New Hampshire as well as the co-founder of a boutique web marketing agency in Boston called 829 Studios.  He has spoken on web strategy at ACA Tri-State and several MBA classes (e.g. Boston University, Boston College).
Peter has worked with 20+ camps and associations to redesign their online marketing and website strategy. 

2C – Making Waterfronts Safer:  The session will explore techniques for ensuring safe swimming at brown-water waterfronts. Topics will include, new technology, in-service trainings for lifeguards and counselors, emergency action plans, and operating safe play structures. 
 

BIO- Paul Thompson is the Aquatics Director at the Green Family YMCA

2D – Keeping the Crud Out of Your Camp!  Reducing Infectious Disease Transmission at Typical Camp Facilities
Kathleen Marriott PhD and Josh Kirby PhD

BIO - Dr. Marriott earned a PhD in pathology (specializing in virology) from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and has 15 years of industry experience working with numerous infectious diseases in research and program direction capacities. She is currently the program director of the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Program (PHPID) at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Kirby earned a PhD in instructional systems (specializing in non-formal learning programs for adolescents) from the Pennsylvania State University, and has 22 years of summer camp experience. He is the state’s Extension Specialist for 4-H Older Youth and Camping with Ohio State University Extension, responsible for the 13 Ohio 4-H camps that host about 23,000 youth overnight campers each year.

2E – Innovative Creative Recipe Modification in Your Kitchen:  Expand your camp menus, find money saving tips in your kitchen using a variety of recipes and using employee’s downtime in the ‘off’ season.  A wealth of information for you to share with your kitchen staff!
Carl White

BIO – Carl has been working with food service at Heartland Conference Retreat Center since 2004.  He was appointed assistant director of Food Services of Heartland Conference Retreat Center in May 2007.  Prior to his Camp experience, he has many years in a variety of food related venues. 

2F – ACA Inc and You: Professional Development, Public Policy, 20/20 Vision, Accreditation and More:  Come and learn what is new with ACA and how it all affects YOU! Learn about Professional Development, Public Policy, 20/20 Vision and Accreditation. Hear all the updates, ask questions and – most importantly – learn how this all affects YOU as a member or potential member!
Susan Yoder, Rich Garbinsky, Dan Reynolds

BIO – Susan is the Chief Public Policy and Outreach Officer for ACA Inc Staff

Rich is the President of Pinnacle Sports and an ACA Ohio and National Volunteer

Dan is the Executive Director for the Akron Rotary Camp and on the Local Council of Leader and a National Volunteer

2G – Science of Teaching Science:  Stimulating the Brain through Play!  Expand your knowledge on ways to keep the brain active, especially when you play! You may think that combining science with summer camp sounds like a parental pipe dream, but with all the time for camper-directed learning and hands-on experimentation, summer is a kid scientist's dream come true!

This is not a “sit-and-watch” workshop… this is a “get-up-and-do” learning experience for all ages. Learn to reinforce scientific concepts through interactive and engaging hands-on activities, as well as discussing the strategies to develop inquiry-based activities that promote exploration and strengthen critical thinking skills.
Ian Roberts and Audrey Wilson

BIO –Ian Roberts: Director of Camps & Classes
Ian first experienced camp at age 6 and never really grew out of it.  He has been involved with every facet of camp from working in the kitchen and spending winters as part of the stable crew to working his way up to Program Director and eventually Camp Director. He has been charged with transforming the lives of young scientists through innovative and creative programming. Great Lakes Science Center Summer Camps operate in 12 locations in Northeast Ohio, serving over 2,000 campers per summer in grades PreK – 12, in STEM based programs. Great Lakes Science Center Summer Camp is currently the only ACA Accredited Science Center Day Camp in the country.

Audrey Wilson: Operations Manager of Camps & Classes
Audrey has been involved with residential and day camps for many summers of her life. She spent many nights under the stars and returned to her childhood Girl Scout camp as “Firefly”-a counselor and CIT Director. Currently she is reshaping her thoughts and ideas of camp and taking her camp experiences in a new direction at Great Lakes Science Center where she hopes campers will learn to love science and her favorite camp song “sweetly sings the donkey”!

3:45 – 5:00  Optional Sessions – Pick one.

3A – Keeping Campers Connected After Summer is Over:  Usable ideas to incorporate into your camp to help keep campers engaged with camp throughout the school year.  Ideas on providing a quality camp experience year round that will help recruit future campers, understanding the power of word of mouth marketing and using social media to your advantage.
Carrie Weigley

BIO - Carrie Weigley has been the Program Coordinator at YMCA Camp Tippecanoe for the past six years.  Prior to taking the position in Ohio she was the Program Director at Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for 3 years and then decided to stay at home to raise her kids. She has been involved in the camping movement as a summer counselor, camper, volunteer, and as a professional since she was little growing up in Pittsburgh.  Carrie graduated from Penn State University with a Parks and Recreation degree and worked as activities and program directors for several youth programs and senior centers.

3B – Where’s the Bug in my Bug Juice:  Successful Strategies for Autism Inclusion
Elizabeth Grafious and Michelle Cahoon

BIO – Elizabeth has been a consultant throughout Ohio since 2008 and worked in the school districts starting as a special education teacher in 2000.  She has a doctorate in education and specializes in children and adults with intense behavioral needs.  She is the former Director of Kids First School for Children with Autism and currently sits on the Autism Society of Ohio Greater Akron Chapter.  Liz is married with 2 children and lives in Medina.

Michelle has worked in the disability field since 2004.  She comes with a wealth of knowledge and resources across different environments.  Her work experience includes; Family Support Specialist for Help Me Grow, Vice President of the Greater Akron Chapter of the Autism Society and Administrative Assistant and Family Resource Specialist at Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.   She is currently a board member of the ASPIES Organization and Co-Chairs the Summit County Juvenile Court New Paths Committee.  Michelle is married and has one son with Autism and lives in Portage Lakes.

3C – Lead their Spirits: Participants will leave knowing the scriptural contexts behind the three primary desires that drive human decision-making. We will then unpack how this impacts our teams and organizations.  We will conclude by developing a list of ideas on how to meet these desires within the teams we lead to foster greater team loyalty, brand development and emotionally healthier people.  This session will utilize Bible Scriptures.  It is Christian Theology based. 
Eric Dingler

BIO - Eric has been the director of a growing and expanding Christian Camp and Conference Center for 12 years.

3D – Pop Culture and Programming: During our time participants will learn how to integrate Pop Culture themed programs into their camp, how to run evening games based on pop culture and literary themes, and how to create fully-themed camp programs.
Mike Costlow

BIO - Mike has been the Summer Camp Director at YMCA Camp Kern for 4 years, has worked at 5 different camps, and has explored the camping industry from many different angles.  Since joining Camp Kern, program offerings have expanded to include not only themed evening programs, but fully themed Literary Camps with hundreds of participants.  He is Cluster Convener for ACA Southwest Ohio Cluster, and has presented at both Mid-States, Mid America Camping Conference, and Northeast Camping Conference.

3E – Magic Tricks that Teach Conservation:  This session will showcase many activities and education based ideas that you will use to teach natural resources.
Beth Diesch

BIO - Beth has been the Education Coordinator at Seneca SWCA 3 years.  She shares educational conservation related programs to over 4000 youth and adults a year.

3F - From MANDATORY to the MOST OBVIOUS to WHAT??!  What were the most commonly missed standards last year?  This session will share common mistakes camps make, standards that generate the most questions from camps and visitors, and provide insights through anecdotal examples of how your camp prepares and lives accreditation.  This conversation will provide examples and give you time to ask questions you might have about the 250 standards!
Jody Oates and Marci Hasty

BIO - Jody Oates is the President and Principal Consultant with KALEIDOSCOPE, inc., a nationally known
planning and consulting firm that works with camps, retreat and outdoor centers to help them THRIVE.
He provided visionary and strategic leadership as the Executive Director of faith-based centers in Ohio
and South Carolina and now as a consultant working with many centers with KALEIDOSCOPE for the past
seven years. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and two children.

Pre-Conference Opportunities

This year we have two Pre-Conference opportunities on January 23rd.  If you want to attend them in addition to the OCC
You can register for them on line as sessions on your OCC registration and the computer will add them into your bill.  If you want to participate in one of them and not OCC, select the individual registration for the one you want.

National Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Project WET is a national program that is grounded in the belief that informed people are more likely to participate in the decision making process and to make a difference through their actions. Project WET believes that the development of a water ethic should begin at an early age and that children benefit from parents, educators and mentors who recognize not only the scientific but also the social and cultural aspects of water.
  The core of the program is the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. The guide, for kindergarten through twelfth grades, is a collection of water-related activities that are hands-on, easy to use, and fun! The 90+ activities incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning, whole-body activities, laboratory investigations, discussion of local and global topics and involvement in community service projects. Supplementary resources are available which complement and enrich many of the activities.

BIO - Tracy Bleim has been with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for nearly 9 years serving in administrative, technical research, and education coordinator roles.  She graduated from OSU in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources and then went into the natural resource field work where she helps organize the state Envirothon (a high school competition on forestry, aquatic issues, wildlife, and soil issues) and assists the county soil and water conservation districts in natural resource conservation.  Tracy and her husband, Jason, formerly owned a computer recycling business on the side.  Tracy and Jason live off of the sun (own solar panels) in Urbana, with their 3 year old daughter, Elayna.

January 23, 2013
9:00-4:00 @ Highbanks – Nature Center
9466 Columbus Pike (Route 23)
Lewis Center Ohio 43035
Lunch Provided
Cost - $35.00

The Stewards of Children is a nationally recognized child sexual abuse prevention curriculum developed by Darkness to Light, a non-profit organization in Charleston, South Carolina.  It is a three hour training designed to teach adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The curriculum includes a video, workbook for each participant and group discussions. To learn more about the Stewards of Children, visit the Darkness to Light website at www.d2l.org.
 

BIO - Denise Uhl Jenkins is responsible for the child abuse prevention efforts at CARE House, the Montgomery County children’s advocacy center. She has provided nearly 425 Stewards of Children trainings in the past 8 years for more than 6,000 participants. Denise, on behalf of Darkness to Light, instructs facilitators from across the country to provide the Stewards of Children curriculum in their communities.

January 23, 2013
1:00-4:00 pm @ Highbanks – Nature Center
9466 Columbus Pike (Route 23)
Lewis Center Ohio 43035
Cost - $20.00

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