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PRESENTER: David Sherry and Tom Neppl
COST: ACA members $20; Nonmembers $40
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.
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.
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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