Heart of the South 2020 Fall Gathering Program in Progress

Monday, October 12

10:00 a.m. Welcome

10:10 a.m. Opening Keynote-Radical Empathy: The Business Model for Summer Camps Today
Jack Schott, Camping Coast to Coast / Camp Stomping Ground

As summer camps we are some of the best in the world at building communities, giving kids hope, and letting young people learn through play. That looks different now. Let’s celebrate, analyze, and plan for a future we can only begin to imagine. We have an opportunity as the camp movement to re-imagine a more perfect world through camp. It will be hard. You can do it. Let’s get started.

2:00-2:40 p.m. Camp Stores: On SITE and On LINE
Joey Barnard and Kevin Pettigrew, Kentucky 4-H

We will discuss the benefits of operating an online camp store and how adding an online year-round source of income can also boost on-site camp store sales during summer camp. Discussion of popular items, marketing techniques, and sales methods will also be covered.

The intended audience is Camp Directors (day or resident) who run an on-site camp store that sell more than snacks. We hope participants will leave with new ideas on 1) products they can sell on-site or online, 2) provide a starting spot for online store sales, 3) timing products for different seasons and, 4) how to market short term "campaigns" to your audience - no up-front cost, all profit!


Tuesday, October 13

10:00-10:40 a.m. Standards Chat
Play-Doh, Llamas, and Recreational Soccer — Specialized Activities?
Abby Burbank,Standards Manager Central Region
John Latimer, Camp Seale Harris
Anne Weinberg, Heart of the South Standards Chair

No, yes, no. What modes of camp do you really have? Need clarification on some standards questions? Ask the “A” team. “A” is for answers, and we’ll do our best to answer as many questions as time permits.

2:00-2:40 p.m. Roundtable Discussion- Staff Chat
Shanelle Lambert-Rauh, Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

Let's come together and talk about some of our best ideas on keeping engaged with our staff, what they need to be even more successful, and some of our best training tips. 


Wednesday, October 14

10:00-10:40 a.m. The Hidden Curriculum: Inclusion Starts With Us
Jack Schott, Camping Coast to Coast / Camp Stomping Ground

At camp, we build culture quickly and better than almost anyone. It is powerful and the cornerstone to what we do. We create an experience where campers feel like insiders and fall in love with our programs. On the flip side, having insiders means we also have outsiders. Let’s explore the Hidden Curriculum of our camps and how we can more quickly make more campers feel like the belong.

2:00-2:40 p.m.  Camping in COVID Times: Effective Health and Wellness Measures
Tracey Gaslin, Association of Camp Nursing

The difficult summer of 2020 has required a great deal of work, innovation, intentionality, and grit.  For those camps who provided services this summer, we have a great deal to learn from them.  This session will outline research information gathered from camps who operated this summer.  This session will discuss decision-making criteria and nonpharmacologic interventions (NPIs) that helped camps provide a summer experience to youth across the US.


Thursday, October 15

10:00-10:40 a.m. Roundtable Discussion-Programming in the age of Covid-19
Jeb Lapeyrolerie, The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge

Let's talk about our successes and how we have adapted to provide exceptional programming. 

2:00-2:40 p.m. Finding Mr. and Ms. Right. The Hunt for “THE” One--2021 Vision for Staff Recruitment     
Jeb Lapeyrolerie, The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge
Speak with any year-round camp person about the challenges they face and one of the first things that comes up is staffing. This session will give you some tools, resources, and insights to aid in finding quality staff.


Friday, October 16

10:00-10:40 a.m. Why Not? 20 Kookie Ideas at Camp
Jack Schott, Camping Coast to Coast / Camp Stomping Ground

One time we tried no bedtimes… It was a disaster. This will be a thought-provoking look at different ways of approaching problems and opportunities. We will move rapidly through 20 ideas that have worked for us or other camps. It’s going to move fast! Innovation starts with the understanding that we might fail, and the faster we can learn the faster we get better. Let’s get better together.  You will leave fired up, with a couple of ideas you might love, and a few that you think are crazy, but it won’t be boring.

10:40-10:45 a.m.  Closing Remarks


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