ACA, Indiana Winter Gathering Keynote Speaker

Jolly Corley

Jolly Corley, M.S. works with 150 university students each summer.  She has been involved in the camping industry in the mid-west and New England for over 20 years.  The past 15 years have been spent developing emerging leaders in camping through staff development.  Jolly has given workshops at the Mid-States ACA conference, ACA National Conference, camps and businesses across the USA.  Her undergraduate and graduate work revolved around leadership, group dynamics, experiential learning, philosophy and theatre.  Using games, theatre and life experiences Jolly prepares staff to understand that our own experiences are the most useful tools for reflection and growth toward a solid foundation to becoming leaders for life.


Opening Keynote-Creating a Staff Culture for Retention and Excellence

How do we get good staff and get them to commit for a single summer or even multiple summers?  How do we compete to find the best staff in an ever global world with so many opportunities available to those we want to work at camp?  Millennials & Gen Z want transparency, collaboration, work-life balance and leadership opportunities. You will be given the opportunity to consider ways to recruit, hire and invest the time and energy required to give the best, and in turn receive the best out of your staff, while keeping the needs of potential staff and camp at the forefront. Staff who are thoughtful, engaged and invested in the entire camp culture provide campers with an environment in which they can thrive and grow.

Closing Keynote-CAMP:  It's Where We Go From Here

Join Jolly in this closing keynote to capture the energy and collective knowledge of our camp community’s past and present. Reminding ourselves of our past can help us consider the path forward. Camps were created from challenges and needs of our community.  We know our campers need us more than ever.  Let us step forward into a future with confidence that although it is uncertain, it may be where we are meant to go.