Heart of the South 2019 Fall Gathering Program in Progress

  • 8:00- 8:45 a.m.     Welcome/Registration/Social Time
  • 8:45-9:25 a.m.      Camp Tour/Programming Roundtable
  • 9:30-11:00 a.m.   Opening Keynote

Developing a Sense of Place in an Evermore Chaotic World
Ruby Compton, Ruby Outdoors
During this keynote Ruby Compton will share a series of activities that will teach you how to build connections with your surroundings, find stability in chaos, and develop stronger ties to those in your community. Learn key habits that will grow your camp into that place that campers can't live without and ground you to the work that you do every day.

  • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Breakout # 1 (3 breakout sessions)

Top 10 Staff Training Must-Dos This Summer
Ruby Compton, Ruby Outdoors
Feeling like there is too much to cram in to your staff training time? Want to give your training a makeover? Want your staff to actually remember what you covered during staff training? During this session, Ruby shares her top 10 must-dos for staff training including how to decide what to include and what to leave out, as well as a few activities that can be plugged directly from this session into your training this summer. While this session is primarily sit-and-get, there are plenty of ideas and new perspectives to add to your toolbox this summer.

Uncomfortable or Unsafe?  It’s Time to Learn the Difference
Jonathan Hodge, Tate’s Day Camp
There’s a growing confusion amongst campers, parents, and staff about the difference between feeling uncomfortable and being unsafe.  Things which feel uncomfortable, are often perfectly safe, and some of the best work that happens at camp comes when participants are required to be appropriately vulnerable and experience the discomfort that comes along with it.  It’s time that we get intentional in our staff training about explicitly defining these terms, and teaching staff how to model the difference between the two for our campers.

Be an Administrative Whiz — Make it Seem Like Magic
Amanda Zoellner, American Camp Association
Learn some strategies to help keep your administrative tasks focused, use the information around you to provide good customer service, and arrange your workspace to support your work.

  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.   Lunch                                                                                                                
  • 1:30-2:45 p.m.   Breakout # 2 (3 breakout sessions)
Mom Told Me I Have to Get a REAL Job                                                                              
Tami D’Angelo, Consultant
If you’ve heard this one, you are not alone!  This session focuses on helping counselors, including those you are trying to recruit, understand how the core skills gained working at camp transfers directly to positions in Corporate America.  We’ll discuss recruiting techniques and how you can build a professional development program that prepares early-career counselors for life after the summer job.

Camps in Crisis-Trends & Lessons Learned from Another Year with the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline
Gay Bruner, Betsy Thamert, and Amanda Zoellner, American Camp Association
For more than 30 years, ACA has provided real-time support to camps nationwide through our Camp Crisis Hotline. In this session, we will review the trends and lessons learned from the previous year with the Hotline.

Build Your Own Breakout Evening Program
Paige Moffett, El Pueblo Spanish Camp
Participants will play a short breakout game, allowing them to experience a breakout activity from the perspective of their campers. Then they will work through the steps, with a guide and resources included, to begin creating their own evening program for their camp.

  • 3:00 p.m.  Thanks for Attending!