Join us for a day of education and inspiration with Bob Ditter!
About Bob Ditter
Bob Ditter is highly respected child, adolescent and family therapist from Boston, Massachusetts. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant and works with organizations that work with young people throughout the United States. He has appeared on the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America and twice on NBC’s Today Show. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Parent Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Money Magazine and USA Today. Sports Illustrated called him “…camping’s most articulate spokesman” because of his work with children’s summer camps since 1982. He spends the summer between his psychotherapy practice and visiting camps around the United States, where he has visited over 600 camps. He has written a regularly featured column for Camping Magazine continuously since 1987. Bob has produced over 14 training DVDs for camp professionals. People have been raving about his most recent book, Summer Camp Rules!
Bob's Ditter's Presentations
“New Perspectives in Teen Brain Development and Implications for Camp Professionals”
Tremendous gains have been made recently in brain research with new insights into the adolescent brain. (Yes, they DO have one!) Come find out what the buzz is all about and how these new understandings can improve your communication with and programming for Teens. Bob has fresh examples from his work this summer!
“Sugar, Spice, Not Always So Nice!”---Working More Effectively with Relational Aggression in Girls at Camp
Bob has spent the last several summers working “in the trenches” with socially aggressive behavior at several all-girls resident camps. He will share his insights about where all this mean-girl behavior is coming from and what you can do about it! This is more than just a session on so-called relational aggression but a broader look at what makes girls tick with powerful, practical ideas about how best to intervene. Relevant to coed camps and day camps as well!
“Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails"---Understanding and Working with the ‘Boy Code’ at Camp
Bob spends much of his summer working directly with boys who run afoul of things at camp. He believes the only way to understand bullying behavior in boys is to understand the so-called “boy code” and what it reflects. Come get an understanding of boys like you’re never had. Find out what makes up the boy version of bullying and how to address it in affective and powerful ways at camp!
“Building Character in the Age of Technology”
We know that 85% of children 11-17 have a cell phone and that they use it as a “phone” only one-third of the time. We know that by the time a boy in the US his 21 years old he will have played over 10,000 hours of video games. Come find out not just what the impact is of technology, but how and why camp can be more important than ever! Learn the surprise that technology is not the greatest threat!
EPIC Emerges in Northern California
Are you an "emerging professional" in camp and yearning for professional development opportunities geared towards your specific needs and interests? EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping) is making its debut in Northern California. Please join us for a social and brainstorming session at Pacific Coast Brewing Company, less than a mile from the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. We will provide the appetizers, you come ready to meet other emerging professionals and discuss trainings and workshops you would like to see offered throughout the year and start to chart the course for EPIC Northern California.
EPIC Northern California is a growing group of excited, passionate and interested individuals who are looking for the latest information in the camping field.
•Connect: Bring together emerging professionals in camping around the country
•Educate: Provide meaningful learning opportunities for all members
•Coordinate: Create opportunities for EPICs to get involved in ACA and the camp community
•Advocate: Bring to light issues important to the EPIC community
There are no official EPIC membership requirements; anyone is welcome to join as an attendee, supporter or volunteer. We consider an "emerging professional" as anyone looking for the latest information in the camp profession and wanting to meet other like-minded individuals.
Online registration is now available. Registration is $45 for ACA members and $55 for non-members. Registration includes the full day with Bob as well as lunch. Register now .